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La Margherita di Trilussa Posted by on Apr 13, 2017

“M’ama … non m’ama” (“he/she loves me … he/she loves me not”). In the innocence of our youth we pulled petals one by one from le margherite (daisies) hoping to discover whether the object of our heart’s desires truly loved us or not. Do today’s kids still do that, or do they now have an…

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Congiuntivo o Infinito? Posted by on Apr 10, 2017

When learning Italian, students are taught that verbs expressing desires, wishes, worries, doubts, opinions, and beliefs are followed by the subjunctive. If this is the case, then why do we say “spero di finire questo lavoro entro stasera” (“I hope to finish this job by this evening” infinitive) instead of “spero che io finisca questo…

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Romeo, Romeo, Perché Sei Tu Romeo? Posted by on Apr 7, 2017

If Shakespeare rewrote his Romeo and Juliet in 2017 …. (inspired by a visit to La Casa di Giulietta in Verona) …. Romeo: She speaks. O, speak again, bright angel, for thou art As glorious to this night, being o’er my head, As is a winged messenger of heaven … Juliet: Romeo, Romeo, wherefore moveth…

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Aspettare or Aspettarsi? Posted by on Apr 5, 2017

“Ma quello che ci aspettava non era quello che ci aspettavamo” (“But that which awaited us wasn’t what we expected”) wrote Geoff at the end of his post about Verona. Confusing? In fact, that line contains two easily confused forms:  aspettare and aspettarsi So, what is the difference between them? Let’s have a look at…

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A Visit To Verona Posted by on Apr 3, 2017

Here’s our English translation of last Friday’s blog Una Visita A Verona Serena: Dove vuoi andare per prima cosa? Geoff: A me piacerebbe vedere l’Arena, e quella porta Romana che abbiamo intravisto ieri dalla macchina. Serena: Allora andiamoci subito prima che arrivino i turisti! Geoff: La direzione la sai? Serena: Suppergiù, ce l’hai quella mappa?…

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