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Archive for September, 2017

Italian Bread And Apple Pudding Posted by on Sep 28, 2017

A delicious Italian pudding made from two very humble ingredients: apples and leftover bread! Perfect for us since we’re still working our way through the bumper crop that our two small apple trees have produced this summer. Here’s the recipe for this simple but very tasty budino di pane e mele: Ingredienti: 50 grammi di…

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When is a non not a not? Posted by on Sep 26, 2017

The Italian word non means ‘not’, right … beh, non sempre! (well not always!) The pleonastic non is a rather sneaky little character who likes to hang around in otherwise straightforward sentences with the sole purpose of confusing hapless students of Italian. Well dear readers, fear not, for we know his dirty little tricks and…

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Il Mio Primo Giorno Di Scuola Posted by on Sep 21, 2017

Le scuole hanno appena riaperto per migliaia di studenti italiani. Chi di voi si ricorda il primo giorno di ritorno a scuola? Io me ne ricordo vari, ma soprattutto mi ricordo il Primo vero giorno di scuola, quello con la lettera maiuscola, quello della prima elementare!  Beh, non è che mi ricordo tutto di quella…

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Beat It! Posted by on Sep 18, 2017

In Italian, you’ll often encounter groups of words deriving from the same root which have subtly different meanings. Battere, sbattere and abbattere are one such group. With three words all based on the root battere (to beat), it can be difficult to know which to apply in a particular situation. Let’s take a look at…

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Il Periodo Ipotetico – An Exercise Posted by on Sep 15, 2017

Here’s an exercise based on last week’s article il Periodo Ipotetico (conditional sentences). Fill in the gaps in the Italian sentences below. The answers are hidden at the bottom of the page. Buon Lavoro! 1. Periodo Ipotetico della Realtà N.B. The periodo ipotetico della realtà presents situations which are real or possible. For this reason…

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