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The Verb Sentire Posted by on Jul 30, 2014

The verb sentire can be quite confusing due to its wide variety of meanings. 1. sentire literally means ‘to sense’, and is used to describe four of the five senses: l’udito (hearing), il tatto (touch), il gusto (taste), and l’olfatto (smell). When used to describe perceptions its definition is contextual, as can be seen in…

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Shelley In Italy Posted by on Jul 28, 2014

Written by Serena with translation by Geoff La settimana scorsa sono andata al mare a San Terenzo con mia cognata e mia nipote che erano in vacanza dall’Inghilterra. San Terenzo è un piccolo paese molto carino della costa ligure, fra La Spezia e Lerici. Mia cognata Caroline era già stata a San Terenzo un paio…

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La Tempesta di Ugo Foscolo Posted by on Jul 24, 2014

Introduction by Geoff It’s been a stormy week. It all began early Monday morning when a violent thunderstorm shook me from my dreams and commanded me to write a blog. Yes, inspiration from the skies! We began with La Tempesta from Vivaldi’s Le Quattro Stagioni, took a musical detour to 18th century Spain, courtesy of …

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Boccherini in Spain Posted by on Jul 23, 2014

One of the aspect of researching for my blogs that I really enjoy is the way that one piece of information leads to another, and a whole new world of possibilities opens up before my eyes. On Monday, for example, I was searching for information onLa Tempesta when I came across a song by Angelo…

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La Tempesta Posted by on Jul 21, 2014

A dramatic start to the week! At around seven this morning we were awoken by a tremendous tempest that roared and shook its furious fists above our heads. As I lay there in awe … I love a good storm … the though came into my mind: blog! I had in mind a piece by…

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A Devil of a Blog! Posted by on Jul 17, 2014

I love discovering interesting expressions. Every language is full of them, and Italian is no exception. Some of these expressions have obvious meanings, some are similar in both Italian and English, and others are just downright obscure. What the Devil can that mean? I ask myself in English, or Che Diavolo vuol dire? in Italian…

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Giorgio Armani and Cinema Posted by on Jul 15, 2014

Last Friday, the 11th of July, was the 80th birthday of renowned Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani. Although Armani known throughout the world for his clean tailored menswear, especially his trademark jacket ‘la giacca destrutturata’, what particularly interests me is the work he has done for cinema. Above left: Armani’s trademark jacket La Giacca Destrutturata…

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