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Archive for February, 2017

Vietato Morire Posted by on Feb 27, 2017

Every year since 1951 the Festival di Sanremo or Festival della Canzone Italiana showcases the ‘best’ of Italian pop music. The festival is used as a vehicle for choosing Italy’s entry into the Eurovision Song Contest, and has launched the careers of artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Giorgia, Laura Pausini, and many other top Italian…

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Be Aware! Posted by on Feb 24, 2017

Rendere conto or rendersi conto? This verb changes meaning depending on whether it’s used in its active form: rendere conto (to report to), or its reflexive form: rendersi conto (to realize, to be aware). The reflexive form is the most commonly used in everyday language, so today we’re going to have look at its conjugation…

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Sandokan Posted by on Feb 23, 2017

A childhood friend recently rediscovered a photo from our 1976 Carnival in Benghazi, Libya. In the photo several of my school mates are dressed up as our Italian TV heroes, Lady Marianna and Sandokan. They look so sweet and ridiculous in their home made outfits complete with plastic pearls and swords. But in their minds…

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Sono Geoff – Part 2 Posted by on Feb 21, 2017

Wot I Lernd At Skool! – Kosa o imprato ha squola! My rather less than illustrious school career led me to a simple conclusion: I’m a ‘misfit’. La mia decisamente non tanto illustre carriera scolastica mi ha condotto ad una semplice conclusione: sono un ‘disadattato’. As a child, I naturally took my family environment to…

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Getting Stressed About Pronouns? Posted by on Feb 17, 2017

Ti piace la lingua italiana? Ti interessa la nostra cultura? A me sono sempre piaciute le lingue straniere, e mi fa piacere spiegare a voi come funziona la grammatica italiana. Do you like the Italian language? Are you interested in our culture? I have always liked foreign languages, and I enjoy explaining to you how…

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Dammi I Soldi! Posted by on Feb 15, 2017

People often ask me where I get my ideas for blogs, and it’s a difficult question to answer. Take today’s post, for example … Yesterday morning I walked out onto la terrazza in front of our house and happened to glance at the narrow strip of garden to the right. There, to my surprise, I…

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Ah, l’Amore! Posted by on Feb 13, 2017

San Valentino, protettore degli innamorati … tomorrow is his special day. It’s also that one day a year when we are officially expected to be all soppy and romantic … yuk! So many ways to celebrate that special day with your beloved: Cioccolatini a forma di cuore, un mazzo di rose rosse, bigliettini pieni di…

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