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…

Breve storia del gelato: dai Medici alle strade di NY (IT)

Breve storia del gelato: dai Medici alle strade di NY:  Is ice cream( GELATO)  from Italy? How is Italian ice cream made? Who made the first ice cream? IL GELATO  è una specialità italiana e il Gelato artigianale è una delle eccellenze dell’Italia. Ma quali sono le sue origini? Il primo tipo di gelato risale…

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)…

VINO- Word of the Week

VINO – Word of the Week : The last Word of the Week we chose for the  year 2019 was Capodanno,  with the numerous toasts (brindisi) made with Champagne and Prosecco. We have decided te stay on the topic and our first Word of the Week for 2020 is VINO. How do you say VINO…

CAPODANNO – Word of the Week

CAPODANNO – Word of the Week: “Natale con I tuoi e Pasqua con chi vuoi” is an Italian way of saying : Spend Christmas with family and Easter with whoever you want. Italian families tend to be a little bit overwhelming during the Christmas Holidays so…in case you are feeling happy that the endless series…

I MOTIVI PER VIAGGIARE – REASONS FOR  TRAVELING (dual language)

  (IT) – I Motivi per Viaggiare I motivi per viaggiare sono molti ed ognuno è validissimo– In uno dei miei ultimi viaggi , il mio motivo è stato personale, direi un motivo “del cuore”: una visita a mia figlia che vive all’estero. Come me, miriadi di genitori partono per trovare i figli sparsi per…

“FALSI AMICI” A TAVOLA

In Italian and in Italy, the table, LA TAVOLA, as we have already discovered brings with it  a concept different from IL TAVOLO. It is around UNA TAVOLA that one should have the loved ones and, of course, Real  Friends – VERI AMICI.  That’s why we believe it is more than ever important for you…

FALSI AMICI – Word of the Week

They are commonly called “False Friends – Falsi Amici” and we are not talking about the double-faced people we all have met in life, at one point or another. Here we are talking about the numerous confusing Italian words that, in English sound similar but have a completely different meaning. We recently had a lesson…

CASTAGNA – Word of the Week

CASTAGNA – Word of the Week Castagna, Word of the Week; Lesson in pills: Can you think of a better symbol for the Autumn season?  La Castagna (Chestnut) is the main protagonist of the numerous Fairs, Festivals that cheer up our Tuscan villages in October. With some of our students we went to  Festa d’Autunno…