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L’Incontro – Part 1 – Translation Posted by on Apr 12, 2019

How did you manage with your translation of Serena’s post, L’Incontro – Part 1? Let’s find out! Cominciamo dalle origini: Let’s begin from the beginning: Papà, cioè Nicola Cricorian, era nato a Bengasi, in Libia, nel 1921 da genitori armeni. Agli inizi del Novecento i suoi genitori, ancora bambini, erano fuggiti dall’Armenia insieme alle loro…

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L’Incontro – Part 1 Posted by on Apr 10, 2019

Every now and then, people ask me how come I was born and grew up in Benghazi, Libya. So I’ve decided to write a brief story explaining all. N.B. Today I’m going to write in Italian, my mother tongue. By the end of the week Geoff will publish an English version which should answer any…

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Mi Piace Il Verbo Sentire Posted by on Apr 4, 2019

Today, I’m dedicating a poem by Alda Merini (1931-2009) to my dear husband Geoff, who sometimes complains that the verb sentire (to feel) is used for too many different actions: to hear, to smell, to taste, and to feel. In reality, we do actually have specific nouns and verbs to describe i cinque sensi (the…

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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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A Bucket Of Paint! Posted by on Mar 26, 2019

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. Fra le tante, ci sono un paio di foto di papà nel suo negozio di macchine da scrivere Olivetti a Bengasi. Amongst the…

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In Their Own Words Posted by on Mar 21, 2019

As the title suggests, today’s post is not ‘ours’ as such, but has been written by a small selection of the 9 and 10 year old children who worked alongside us in our printing workshop at a local scuola elementare. N.B. Only two of the thirteen children in this class were boys, hence the male…

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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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