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Quiz – Le risposte! Posted by on Oct 31, 2020

Ciao a tutti! A little update before we see the answers from last weeks quiz… You may have seen that the number of COVID-19 cases are again rising in Italy, as well as most of Europe. To combat this in Italy, gyms, movie theaters, and concert halls are now closed, and bars and restaurants must…

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Quiz -Comparitives and Superlatives Posted by on Oct 24, 2020

Ciao a tutti! Come state oggi? Spero che tutto vada bene e che siate tutti sani! I hope that everything is going well and that you are all healthy! Alcune settimane fa, a couple of weeks ago, I shared with you a blog going over the rules of comparatives and superlatives in Italian. Oggi vorrei farvi un…

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La Poesia – Poetry Posted by on Oct 16, 2020

Oggi, leggiamo un po’ di poesia italiana.  Ugo Foscolo was a famous poet, revolutionary, and writer from the 18th century. He is especially remembered for his 1807 poem called Dei Sepolcri, Of the Sepulchres, which you can read fully here. It is a 295 hendecasyllabic (line of 11 syllables) verse poem, so make sure you give yourself…

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Cos’è lo schwa? Posted by on Oct 9, 2020

Ciao di nuovo!  Cos’è lo schwa? What is the ‘schwa’? If you’re not a linguist, you probably have never heard or seen it. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as follows; an unstressed mid-central vowel (such as the usual sound of the first and last vowels of the English word America).  This sound is represented by the symbol…

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Italian Superlatives Posted by on Oct 3, 2020

Ciao a tutti! Last week we talked comparatives, and this week I want to talk about superlativi, superlatives! There are two types of superlatives: relative and absolute. Relative superlatives are comments about superlative qualities in relation to something else. For example, my sister is the youngest of the family, or Rome is the most beautiful…

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