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The Hidden Italian Garden Posted by on May 30, 2016

Lunigiana is a beautiful magical land tucked away in the very north of Toscana. Here, far from the beaten tourist trails, life is lived a passo d’uomo. The visitor to Lunigiana is spoilt for choice: forest, mountains, rushing torrents and enchanting waterfalls provide the backdrop to relatively untouched borghi medievali. One such borgo is the…

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Funny Italian Warning Signs Posted by on May 27, 2016

Every now and then I see avvisi (warning signs or notices) that make me smile. Some of these are meant to be serious, and end up sounding ridiculous. But I particularly admire those which use irony and humour to combat antisocial or criminal behaviour. Here, for your entertainment, is a small selection: Above: A super polite…

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I Could Have Studied Italian Posted by on May 25, 2016

Today we continue our series on the modal verbs with the conjugation of the verb potere (to be able to) when it’s used with the auxiliary verbs essere (to be) and avere (to have). As with all the modal verbs, the choice of which auxiliary verb to use with potere depends on the verb that…

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The Smuggler Posted by on May 23, 2016

Isn’t it nice to begin the day with a smile? If you follow our blog you’ll know that we like to include, where possible, a bit of humour. But barzellette (jokes) can be difficult to understand when not recounted in your mother tongue, so I’ve translated this one into English for you. Il Contrabbandiere (The…

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I Could Study Italian Posted by on May 20, 2016

Let’s continue our series on the conjugation and use of modal verbs. Following on from the first two articles about the verb dovere, which you can revise here: I Must Study Italian and I Should Have Studied Italian, today we’re going to look at the verb potere (to be able) with some practical examples of…

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Tasty Italian Flowers Posted by on May 18, 2016

Food dominates all here in Italy, and wherever they are, whatever the occasion, Italians love discussing it! Here’s a typical example: The setting: A small Yoga class in a little Italian country town The characters: Serena (the yoga teacher) and the students (all ladies). Insegnante: “Adesso sdraiatevi e portate le ginocchia al petto così da…

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Italy’s Amazing Living Works Of Art Posted by on May 16, 2016

I recently came across a video excerpt from the popular TV show ‘Italy’s Got Talent’ on youtube. Here was something truly beautiful and astonishing that I’d never seen before: the Quadri Plastici di Avigliano. Fascinated, I decided to find out more … Plastic ‘Paintings’ Every year in Avigliano, a small town in the province of…

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