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La Bella Addormentata – Part 1 Posted by on Jan 12, 2018

Last November, we published a translation of the traditional folk tale Cappuccetto Rosso (Little Red Riding Hood). This proved very popular, and we had requests for more of the same. So, here’s another old favourite, La Bella Addormentata (Sleeping Beauty). This was my favourite fairy tale when I was a child, it didn’t scare me…

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Using The Imperative In Italian – Part 2. Posted by on Jan 9, 2018

In Using The Imperative In Italian – Part 1. we focused on how we order, invite, or urge someone to do something informally, that is to say amongst friends and family. Today we’re going to find out how we use the imperative in formal situations. To order, invite or urge someone to do something formally…

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Italy … Always On Holiday? Posted by on Jan 4, 2018

Despite the fact that many foreigners believe that us Italians are always on holiday, we only actually have 12 official holidays each year. Let’s find out what they are: 1. – Capodanno On the first of January we celebrate Capodanno (New Year’s Day). The name comes from capo dell’anno, literally: head of the year. Does…

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Using The Imperative In Italian – Part 1. Posted by on Jan 2, 2018

L’imperativo (the imperative) is used to give orders, to invite, or to urge someone to do something. This article will help you understand how to use it in everyday situations. The imperative is only used in the presente (present tense) of the second person singular: tu (you, informal) and plural: voi (you, plural). Let’s find…

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