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A Bucket Of Paint – Analysis Posted by on Mar 29, 2019

Let’s take a closer look at some of the grammar from our previous post, A Bucket Of Paint La mamma ed io stiamo guardando delle vecchie foto che ci riportano indietro a dei bei ricordi. Mum and I are looking at some old photos that bring back some nice memories. ci riportano indietro a dei…

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Back To School – Part 3 Posted by on Mar 15, 2019

By popular request … we’re back at school again! In my previous post I wrote about the creative workshops that I’ve been doing with la prima e la seconda elementare (elementary classes 1 and 2) in a local scuola elementare (elementary/primary school). Following the theme of  il ciclo dell’acqua (the water cycle), we used la…

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Back To School – Part 2 Posted by on Mar 7, 2019

What better place to witness the veracity of the Italian saying ‘tutto il mondo è paese‘ than in a primary school? Tutto il mondo è paese (literally ‘the whole world is a village’) means: wherever you go people are fundamentally the same. The children that I have the privilege of working with in una scuola…

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Back To School – Part 1 Posted by on Mar 5, 2019

If someone had told me, as I joyfully walked out of the school gates for the last time way back in 1974, that I’d one day be teaching creative workshops in a village school in Italy, well I’d probably have thought them crazy! But life, as we all know, is full of many strange twists…

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Un Castello Fantasma – English Translation Posted by on Feb 15, 2019

Here’s our English translation of this week’s article Un Castello Fantasma. N.B. this is not a literal word by word translation, or a grammatical analysis, but una traduzione libera (a free translation). If you need any clarification please leave a comment. C’è un castello fantastico, un castello che è rimasto come un fantasma nei cassetti…

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Italian Temporal Expressions – Part 2 Posted by on Feb 7, 2019

In part 1 we covered basic temporal vocabulary such as ieri, oggi and domani, quest’altra settimana, l’anno scorso and so on. Today we’re going to expand that vocabulary. We’ll use the same format as before, moving from past to present and future. The contextual examples will be similar to those used in part 1, but…

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Italian Temporal Expressions – Part 1 Posted by on Jan 30, 2019

Today we’re going to begin looking at words and expressions that deal with time. This is a pretty big topic, so it will be divided in several parts. Let’s begin with the basic vocabulary. We’ll take a logical journey through time, moving from the past to the present and the future. ieri = yesterday la…

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