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Il vocabolario – fare shopping Posted by on Jun 21, 2020

Ciao a tutti! Depending on where you are located, stores may just be beginning to open back up after the pandemia, so here is some fare shopping vocabulary. Here in the US, we like to say we are “just browsing”. In Italy you would either say “vorrei dare un’occhiata” or “vorrei guardare un po‘.” Italians…

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Italian Passato Remoto Posted by on Jun 13, 2020

Ciao a tutti! Last week when you read the story La lepre e la tartaruga, you may have noticed a different verb tense, the passato remoto, the remote past. The passato remoto is typically a narrative past tense that is used to recount historical events or actions in the distant (remote) past. It is also commonly used in…

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Italian Folklore – The Tortoise and the Hare Posted by on Jun 5, 2020

I am sure you grew up reading a few fables, most of which surely came from Aesop, a storyteller from Ancient Greece who lived during the years 620 BCE – 564 BCE. Below is the fable the Tortoise and the Hare in Italian. Leave a comment letting me know what you think the moral of…

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Italian Onomatopoeia Posted by on May 30, 2020

Ciao a tutti! Today I want to explore the linguistic phenomenon of onomatopoeia, which is the formation of a word from a sound associated with that word. It originates from the word ὀνοματοποιία in the Greek language which means ‘making or creating names’, and in English we use it to describe the unique words made to imitate…

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San Martino – Giosuè Carducci Posted by on May 23, 2020

Buongiorno!  Today I want to share with you all a poem by Giosuè Carducci, who was regarded as the official national poet of modern Italy. He became the first Italian in 1906 to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature. The English translation is posted at the end as well, but I challenge you to…

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La felicità Posted by on May 16, 2020

Come essere felici ogni singolo giorno. How to be happy every single day. Yesterday I watched this inspiring TedTalk video about happiness. I want to share it with you to both practice your Italian and to help you reflect. Feel free to use the Italian automatically generated subtitles (but be warned – there are mistakes) or…

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Una sfida – pt. 2 Posted by on May 9, 2020

Fermatevi! Se volete partecipare alla mia ‘sfida’ – cliccate qui. Se volete la risposta… continuate a leggere! Fate attenzione che sopra ci sono alcuni spoiler. Stop! If you want to participate in my challenge, click here. If you want the answer… continue to read! Be warned that below there are some spoilers. Last week I wrote…

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