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Archive for April, 2016

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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Buying Clothes in Italy – Part 2 Posted by on Apr 13, 2016

Shopping for clothes, like any other category of activity, has its own specific vocabulary. How do you ask for the right shoe size, or say that the jacket sleeves are too short? What size waist are those jeans, and is that shirt going to fit your neck? Here is some key vocabulary to help you…

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Primavera Posted by on Apr 11, 2016

The transition from winter to spring always brings with it a touch of nostalgia. The return of sounds, colours, and odours simultaneously awakens desires for the future and memories of the past. These sensations are often heightened to an almost unbearable level when you live in a place, as do I, far from that of…

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Buying Clothes in Italy – Part 1 Posted by on Apr 8, 2016

A couple have been invited to una festa in maschera (a fancy dressing party) and they’ve decided to mascherarsi (dress up) as Bonnie and Clyde. They go down town to root around the mercatino delle pulci (flea market) were vintage clothing is sold:  Marito: “Mi servono un paio di pantaloni a vita alta, taglia 48,…

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