TEMPO – Word of the Week

Tempo: Word of the Week : Avere tempo per sè, gli Anglofoni lo chiamano “Me-time” e a me piace molto. Un’espressione corta, efficace, diritta al punto. (English speaking people call this “Me-time” and I love it as it is  a short expression,  effective and straight to the point ) Tempo da dedicare a sé stessi,…

ONDA – Word of the Week

Onda- Word of the Week: Abbiamo appena avuto , qui in Toscana, dei giorni di grande vento. Ci sono stati forti temporali su tutta la regione. We just had , here in Tuscany, some really windy days. There have been heavy rains and thunderstorms all over the region. Sono stata sulla Costa degli Etruschi,  sul…

I mille usi del verbo FARE

I mille usi del verbo FARE I thought long and hard and I made my own list of the many uses of verbo FARE. It’s one of the most used Italian verbs therefore, one of first we should learn. FARE is one of the many Irregular verbs used in Italian, starting from a difficult one…

Si fa o non si fa?

Si fa o non si fa? – As part of cultural awareness it is very important (sometimes vital) to know what to do and what better not to,  when travelling to a foreign country. There are parts of the world where it is better to not blow your nose in public, keep shoes on or…

Cammino – Word of the Week

Il cammino (En. the path) comes from the verb Camminare (to walk) and it’s the thing I miss the most since the long Italian lockdown started, more than 40 days ago. Il cammino, sinonimi sono camminata, itinerario, marcia, percorso, but also sentiero, strada, tragitto, via, viaggio. Aggettivi giusti Il cammino can be breve/ corto, lungo,…

Quarantena – Word of the Week

Quarantena (quarantine) : Do you know that this word has an Italian origin? From quaranta, 40, the number of isolation  days applied to people or animals with infectious diseases to prevent spreading. The term quarantine actually derives from Venice. It refers to the 40 days that the Venetian Republic imposed on ships arriving in the…

CASA – Word of the Week

CASA – Word of the Week: Hello everyone! Ciao a tutti! Dove siete? Quasi certamente …a casa!!! (Where are you? Almost certainly you are at home!!!) Shall we choose CASA as our Word of the Week?  La casa (fem) in Italian is the word used for both, house and home. “Casa dolce casa”(Home sweet home)…

PANCIA – Word of the Week

Pancia – Word of the Week:  Pancia, is a colloquial noun used in Italian for  “tummy, belly, stomach”(in English). Ventre or Addome are the more elegant versions of the same. Pancia is largely used in numerous “modi di dire”. Modi di Dire con pancia Seguire la pancia , means follow the instinct, gut instinct ……