PORTA – Word of the Week

PORTA is DOOR in English and I have a “mania”: I love taking photos of doors wherever I go. Behind every house door I always try to imagine what type of life there might be. For a long time I suffered a lack of roots , as my nature would be inclined to be deeply…

CENCI- Word of the Week

CENCI- Word of the Week: February is that time of the year announcing the imminent arrival of Spring and the approaching end of the cold months…even though, very often we have to wait until half of March to really enjoy  milder temperatures. But February in Italy is also closely related to Carnevale (actually, dates always…

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–…

DESIDERIO – Word of the Week

It’s the New Year: Time to make a wish! Esprimere un Desiderio! Our work of the week is DESIDERIO! We all wish for something (the verb is DESIDERARE) at any age and any stage of our lives. We may wish for something real (qualcosa di reale) or something unlikely (improbabile), something for the immediate time…

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…

Juniper : the prickly one with the beautiful berries (dual language)

Juniper (Juniperus communis) is an evergreen plant very common in Tuscany; woods in Chianti are full of it. If you want to start searching for twigs or berries, you better wear heavy-duty gloves, because its countless leaves are really prickly. Juniper berries ripen in late autumn, turning dark blue and becoming more visible among the light green…

His Majesty The Basil – Sua Maestà il Basilico (dual language)

His Majesty The Basil- Sua Maestà il Basilico (by MR, AO, CH): The most Regal/Royal among the herbs…and maybe the most aromatic one as well! The name of this aromatic plant comes from the ancient Greek basilikon that means “Herb worthy of a king”. This plant has ancient origins, it was already renowned among Romans…

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…

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…