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…

The Sword in the Stone: English or Italian mystery?

The Sword in the Stone: English or Italian mystery?  When living in England I was fascinated by the many stories about ghosts populating uninhabited castles. There are entire TV programs where presenters go live searching for proof of ghosts’ passage as well as a rich literature on the subject.  But Tuscany too shares this passion…

FIORE – Word of the Week

Word of the Week is FIORE – flower : Summer activities are flourishing all around Italy and in Italian we say “Le attività estive fioriscono”, from “FIORIRE”- flourishing but also  blooming. Singular FIORE (flower), with FIORI as plural adding a splash of colour to all Italian windows and balconies Of course these are FIORI DI…

Italy vs England

 “Cruising at 40,000+ feet above the Atlantic Ocean, I feel strangely at peace. Halfway between the two places I call home, I want to hover here for a while. It’s the place where I don’t feel torn, neither heading towards, nor leaving behind, the places and people I love. I can no longer say which…