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Archive for November, 2014

Famous Italians – a Quiz Posted by on Nov 17, 2014

It’s been a while since we’ve had a quiz. So before you all go into letargo (hibernation) for the winter we thought we’d give you a bit of brain exercise to do. In this quiz you need to identify the twelve famous Italians described below. We’ve tried to make the quiz accessible to everyone by…

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Helpful Labels – The Kitchen Posted by on Nov 13, 2014

Almost exactly five years ago we began a series of blogs aimed at reinforcing Italian vocabulary through the use of contextual labels. We began the series with this blog: La Cucina (The Kitchen) Today I’d like to suggest a more advanced version of contextual labelling that involves short phrases. But firstly let me just reiterate…

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The News – Our Pick of the Week Posted by on Nov 12, 2014

War, disaster, famine, epidemics. I think most people will agree, the news is pretty depressing. So, here’s our version, three amusing articles taken from the Italian newspapers that didn’t make it to the front pages. Sophia Loren Reveals Truth About Famous Photo In a recent interview, actress Sophia Loren, 80, finally revealed the true story…

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Serena e Geoff Fanno Una Chiacchierata Posted by on Nov 10, 2014

A lot of readers have told us that they find our blogs dealing with everyday colloquial conversation really useful. So, without further ado, here’s another episode from the ‘fascinating’ lives of Serena and Geoff. Geoff: “Cosa pensavi di fare oggi?” Geoff: “What were you thinking of doing today?” Serena: “Mi sarebbe piaciuto fare una passeggiata,…

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Busy Busy Busy! Posted by on Nov 6, 2014

Written by Serena with photos by Geoff Today’s post is written from the point of view of our two month old kitten Amber, and I’ve kept the language fairly simple (well she is only two months old!). Words and expressions highlighted in purple are explained in the Grammar and Vocabulary section at the end. Una…

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