Italian lesson in pills: Un tè in Italiano (dual language)

Italian lesson in pills: Un tè in Italiano – Per un tè del pomeriggio here is what you need: un servito da tè – tea set che include una teiera – tea pot, tazze e piattini – cups and saucers , cucchiaini– tea spoons, per lo zucchero– for the sugar, una zuccheriera– sugar bowl, per il latte–…

Tea in Tuscany-Chiara’s Guide

Tea in Tuscany – Chiara’s Guide : Would you like an adventure now or shall we have our tea first?”- Peter Pan Let’s start from Siena where you can find the Corner Shop–La Vie del Tè in Via Cecco Angiolieri,  with a wide selection of unique blends; among these one of my favourites : “Turkish Tea…

A cup of Tea from England to Tuscany

A cup of  Tea from England to Tuscany: “A cup of tea is a cup of peace”…”You can’t buy happiness but you can buy tea, and that’s kind of the same thing” From my English life I brought with me many happy memories linked to the very British drink, together with a good amount of…

ALBERO – Word of the week

And with the countdown to Christmas- Natale, our word of the week is ALBERO (tree) as in Albero di Natale!  Un Albero (sing)  and molti Alberi (pl) but each type has its own name so…let’s have a look at some of the most popular in Tuscany. Let’s start by  the seasonal- stagionale  ABETE (Fìr Tree…

ZUCCA: Word of the week

ZUCCA: Word of the week: With Halloween rapidly approaching, the colourful pumpkin has its moment of glory and our word of the week was easily chosen.  Pumpkin in Italian is ZUCCA. In England, literally in every corner, one can find piles of pumpkins of different size and shapes just waiting to be carved for the special…

Romantic Aromatic Herbs (dual language)

  Romantic Aromatic Herbs – Romantiche Erbe Aromatiche – In Italiano Bastano alcun vasi da fiori per far crescere su un balcone alcune delle piante aromatiche più usate ma, non per questo, “ comuni” nel senso di “ ordinarie” , “ banali”. Io adoro salvia, basilico , timo e rosmarino. Sono piantine prepotenti e forti, senza…

My Secret Garden: Un Alchimista in giardino (dual language)

My Secret Garden: Un Alchimista in Giardino C’è qualcosa di magico ed affascinante in un giardino abbandonato. Un luogo che , bello e curato un tempo, è stato lasciato incolto per le  vicissitudini della vita. Le Rose ed i fiori rari e cocciuti continuano a spuntare, non più ordinati, tra le erbe alte, le piante…

10 Idiomatic expressions to speak like the English

 10 Idiomatic expressions to speak like the English : @ChiarasTuscany & @ChiarasEngland  our motto is #chiparlapiulinguevivepiuvite If it is true that learning slang and idiomatic expressions is fun when practicing Italian, the same is true if you are learning English. Here I our list of top 10 popular English expressions:  Use them and show off…

Chiara’s Guide to how to sound like a native Italian

Just using the right MODO di DIRE at the  right time can make you sound like a native speaker! Follow Chiara’s guide. Usare il giusto modo di dire o  espressione al momento giusto può farvi sembrare un madrelingua! So it is really cool – or as Italians say…è una figata!- to know how and when…

CAPPELLO – Word of the Week

Cappello – Hat , Word of the Week: In Summer, “under the Tuscan sun” one can’ t do without it! Non si può fare a meno dei Cappelli! ATTENZIONE to double consonants! In Italian they are very important! Un CAPPELLO is a HAT while Un CAPELLO  (only one “p” difference) is hair. I CAPPELLI have…