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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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Your Italian Blog Posted by on Jul 9, 2019

Ciao! As the manager of social media for Transparent Language, and on behalf of Geoff and Serena, I’d like to thank you for your tremendous showing of love and support for the two of them and their terrific blog. I have been a fan of this page for a long time and it’s nice to…

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Parting Words Posted by on Jul 4, 2019

When I was a kid we had a vinyl disk of patriotic folk songs sung by the Alpini, the Italian mountaineering corp famous for its a cappella choirs. I used to listen to this record almost every day because those songs inspired many images in my head, and I would lose myself in them. Amongst…

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Quiz Turistico Posted by on May 15, 2019

In last week’s blog, we looked at some vocabulary that’s useful for finding your way around in Italy. Here’s a quiz based on interpreting the replies that you may get to your inquiries. In this scenario, you’ve just arrived by rental car in the little country town of Pontremoli, Lunigiana. You need to find accommodation…

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La Parola Più Bella Posted by on May 9, 2019

On the second Sunday of May, like many other countries around the world, we celebrate la Festa della Mamma (Mothering Sunday). In Italy this festival was first introduced as a business enterprise in 1956 at Bordighera, a town situated on the Ligurian coast, famous for the commerce of ornamental flowers. La Festa della Mamma was…

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Finding Your Way Around In Italy Posted by on May 7, 2019

At this time of year many people are starting to dream of a summer vacation in Italy. Time to brush up on that rusty Italian vocabulary? These days, of course, English is spoken in all the big tourist hotspots, so those places don’t present much of a challenge. But if, like us, you prefer to…

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Confusing Similarities In Italian Words Posted by on Apr 25, 2019

Italian, confusing? Surely not! 🤔 The convolutions of Italian grammar can be overwhelming, but it’s often the subtleties that can be persistently confusing. Such as my two pet hates, two little groups of words that still occasionally trip me up after all these years. And I guarantee that they’ll trip you up as well, especially…

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