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Archive for November, 2015

At the Bank in Italy Posted by on Nov 13, 2015

The setting: In a bank in Italy The characters: A bank employee and a prospective client. Impiegata: “Buongiorno. Come posso esserle utile?” Employee: “Good morning. How can I help you?” Cliente: “Buongiorno, sono la signora Santini, vorrei chiedere informazioni sull’apertura di un conto corrente” Client: “Good morning, my name is Ms. Santini, I’d like some…

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My Father’s War – Part 4 – POW Posted by on Nov 10, 2015

Chapter 3 of my father’s memories ended with his arrival at a French POW camp in Marrakesh, Morocco, in June 1943. Here are some of his recollections from the three years he spent as a POW in North Africa. Links to previous chapters: Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 C’è un episodio che mi ricordo…

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Giovanni’s Italy 2 Posted by on Nov 9, 2015

We recently published an article by our friend Giovanni in which he spoke about his experience of commuting between work in Tuscany and his family in Puglia. Here, in this second version of his article, Giovanni goes into more depth with a level of language that is more challenging for the student of Italian. Sono diversi…

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Argh Boom Clunk … Eeek!!! – The Translation Posted by on Nov 5, 2015

In my article Argh Boom Clunk … Eeek!!! I asked you to try and associate various fumetto (comic book) sound effects to their descriptions. Obviously, the sounds themselves are of no real practical use, the purpose of the exercise being the comprehension of the descriptions themselves. Here are the descriptions once again, but this time they…

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Argh Boom Clunk … Eeek!!! Posted by on Nov 3, 2015

All illustrations are from the popular Italian fumetto, Dylan Dog In Italy, fumetti (comic books) have long had a faithful following, and although the present day market is saturated with fumetti from Japan, America and so on, Italy still has a strong tradition of producing its own illustrated stories which can be traced back to the beginning of…

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Noisy Italy! Posted by on Nov 2, 2015

Due to family circumstances we’ve been off-line for a few days. But now we’re back … with a bang … and a crash, whistle, roar, and a creak. Yes my friends, here we have a small collection of Italian words that describe noises. How many of them do you know? Let’s find out shall we? botto…

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