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Archive for March, 2017

Una Visita A Verona Posted by on Mar 31, 2017

Here we are in Verona! We’ve come to meet up with Serena’s school-friends from a lifetime ago when she lived in Benghazi, Libya. Sunday morning, we get up early, and take the opportunity to explore the town on our own … Serena: Dove vuoi andare per prima cosa? Geoff: A me piacerebbe vedere l’Arena, e…

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Avvisi Divertenti – Ai Padroni Maleducati Di Cani Posted by on Mar 29, 2017

Wandering around the back streets of romantic Verona I spotted a notice which seemed to express the innate poetry of the Italian soul: Dear Bubi, We note, with pleasure, that your organism expresses itself with daily regularity right here in front (of our house). We would like he who holds your lead, to become aware…

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Spot The Mistake Posted by on Mar 27, 2017

This article was inspired by a recent linguistic scandal in which an Italian politician misspelt the simple preposition ‘a‘ (to) and wrote ‘ha‘ (he/she/it has) instead. Now, you can do better than that, can’t you dear readers? Let’s find out ……. Below I’ve written a series of sentences containing some of the most common spelling…

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Le Studentesse – English Translation Posted by on Mar 24, 2017

Salve a tutti! Here’s my translation of Serena’s blog Tales From The Bar – Le Studentesse I bar aprono la mattina presto, verso le sette, sette e mezzo e studenti e lavoratori ci vanno a fare colazione e rinfrancarsi prima di affrontare la giornata lavorativa. Quando io vado a badare mia mamma a Pontremoli, mi…

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Tales From The Bar – Le Studentesse Posted by on Mar 22, 2017

Il bar  is an essential part of everyday life here in Italy. It’s important to clarify that an Italian bar isn’t like a bar in an English or American  pub, club or hotel. The bar is a place to go for a coffee, breakfast, a snack, an aperitivo, to socialize, to top up your cell…

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Tenue Sole di Marzo Posted by on Mar 20, 2017

The Italian word primavera has interesting and ancient origins. It’s composed of the two terms: ‘prima‘ (before, or first) and ‘vera‘, which has its roots in the sanscrit word vas-, meaning ‘ardere‘ (to burn) or ‘splendere‘ (to shine), and by extension also ‘l’estate‘ (the summer). ‘Prima-vera‘ therefore is ‘la stagione prima dell’estate‘ (the season before…

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Giallo Zafferano Posted by on Mar 17, 2017

Zafferano (saffron), from the Arabic word zafaran, it’s a spice obtained from the dried stigmas of the Crocus sativus. Originally from Persia and the Near East, it is widely cultivated throughout the Mediterranean region. In Italy it is cultivated mainly in the regions of Abruzzo and Sardegna. The quantity of saffron obtained from each flower…

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