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An Italian Quiz For April – The Solutions Posted by on Apr 29, 2016

Here are the answers to our recent quiz. Well done those of you who had a go. Those who didn’t, I shall want to hear your excuses, and they’d better be good. None of that “the cat ate it” nonsense! But seriously, give us some feedback, was it too difficult? Did you not feel confident…

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An Italian Quiz For April Posted by on Apr 27, 2016

Monday morning, blog brainstorming, Serena: di cosa scriviamo questa settimana? (what shall we write about this week?) Geoff: beh, secondo me è da un po’ che non facciamo un quiz, e ai nostri cari lettori piace sempre un bel quiz, no? (um, I think it’s been a while since we’ve done a quiz, and our…

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Italy’s Incredible Transparent Church Posted by on Apr 26, 2016

A few days ago, a friend pointed me in the direction of an article about an extraordinary new structure in Puglia, and I immediately decided to share it with you dear readers. Built on the ruins of a 12th century basilica, this fantastical work of modern art helps visitors to visualize the true grandeur of…

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Dammi Il Cinque … High Fiving In Italy – Part 2 Posted by on Apr 22, 2016

In my previous post we looked at how we use the irregular verbs dare (to give), dire (to say or tell), and fare (to do/make or let) in their imperative form, second person singular, followed by the direct or indirect object pronouns (you can revise them in part 1). Today we are going to look…

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Dammi Il Cinque … High Fiving In Italy Posted by on Apr 21, 2016

Dammi il cinque = gimme five In Italian, just as in English, words often get moulded together to form new, shorter, and more fluent words. The expression gimme five and its Italian equivalent dammi il cinque are good examples of this. Of course, you need to know the underlying grammatical rules if you’re going to…

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Naughty Italian Expressions! Posted by on Apr 18, 2016

From past experience I’ve learned that our blogs are occasionally read by people of a particularly sensitive disposition regarding the use of ‘rude’ words, and swearing. Hence if you, dear reader, are of such a disposition … I suggest that you stop right HERE. … and the rest of you can read on, buon divertimento!…

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An Old Italian Springtime Recipe Posted by on Apr 15, 2016

Spring is blooming all around us, re-awakening our senses: the birds are singing from dawn to dusk, the hills are painted in many shades of green, the fields are carpets of flowers, the air smells of mint, thyme and other wild herbs, our skin is caressed by the first warm sun and a fresh breeze…

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