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Perdindirindina … What The ….? Posted by on Sep 10, 2015

In our recent blog You’re Learning Italian … Really?! we looked at the expression addirittura, which is a polite way of expressing surprise or disbelief. We also have at our disposal a veritable arsenal of less polite ways of expressing those sentiments. Let’s look at the really ‘naughty’ ones first shall we? (readers: “yes please…

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You’re Learning Italian … Really?! Posted by on Aug 31, 2015

Addirittura is one of those words that often gets overlooked in classes and grammar books, but happens to be quite common, and very useful. It has two main uses: 1. addirittura?! = a polite exclamation of surprise and/or disbelief. Translation: really?!, seriously?! Synonyms: davvero?! sul serio?! Here are a few typical examples of its use…

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Non E’ Detto …. Posted by on Mar 9, 2015

I must say that I really enjoyed reading the responses to my recent post Conversational Fragments. I love the fact that we have such imaginative readers, and I also find the responses very useful for gauging people’s comprehension of the colloquial expressions that I tend to use in my articles. One such expression that really…

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