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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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Una sfida Posted by on May 2, 2020

Buongiorno! Today, I have una sfida (a challenge) for all of you. I have been watching Italian movies almost every night, mostly with a friend through zoom. Have you tried una videochiamata per guardare un film insieme agli amici? ‘Zoomiamoci’ (un gioco di parole..) quantomeno con lo spirito questa settimana.. let’s zoom together at least in spirit this week…

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Un’intervista – pt 2 Posted by on Apr 25, 2020

An interview – pt 2! To read part 1, click here. B: Seconda domanda: quando finirà tutto questo, quali città consiglieresti ad un turista americano che si appresta a visitare l’Italia per la prima volta? Ipotizziamo in una settimana di tempo. B: Second question: when all this ends, which cities would you recommend to an…

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Un’intervista – pt. 1 Posted by on Apr 18, 2020

Ciao a tutti, avete passato una buona Pasqua? Hi everyone, did you all have a good Easter? Spero di sì! Io mi sono comportata da perfetta italiana, perché ho mangiato molto, ma tutto da sola, ovviamente. I hope so! I behaved like a perfect Italian, because I ate a lot, but alone obviously.  Oggi svesto i panni…

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