Tempo di Castagne & Modi di Dire

Tempo di castagne – Le castagne erano un tempo, nei paesi di montagna,  chiamate il  pane dei poveri, come abbiamo già raccontato la scorsa stagione qui   Oggi la castagna è un frutto ricercato. Non solo caldarroste, ballotte e marron glacé . C’è chi con le castagne secche cucina una ricca minestra in brodo, altri…

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–…

Al Mare…

This post is entirely in Italian. It is dedicated to all the people  who love the beautiful language as well as the sea , il Mare.  “If you go to the seaside …take with you somebody who can really understand it…It is not like going to the bar, going shopping or meeting for  ice cream…it…

STELLA – WORD OF THE WEEK

STELLA- Star, Word of the Week , of course! Today , August 10th, in Italy we celebrate San Lorenzo and it’s  tranditionally  the night of the shooting stars: LA NOTTE DELLE STELLE CADENTI, è IL MOMENTO DI ESPRIMERE UN DESIDERIO! (time to make a wish) UNA STELLA, MOLTE STELLE, LA STELLA CADENTE is different from…

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…

Hair Therapy & Language Learning

Hair Therapy & Language Learning : What’s more effective than a good hour of intensive conversation for learning a language ? Chit chat about almost anything,  keeping up to date with anything that goes around, from current affairs to the latest trend in fashion and beauty, from local politics to social issues! Where about? I…