Tanti Saluti!

Tanti Saluti: Getting confused with the many ways to greet people when you are in Italy?  I understand! I can’t blame you! Saluti italiani : here is  just a quick recap for you: BUONGIORNO, is Good morning, and you use it whenever you greet someone in the morning until about 3 PM. Also, you can…

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…

Parole da salvare: Villeggiatura & Paltò

Parole da salvare : Dal 1 al 5 Aprile 2020, Siena ospiterà la quarta edizione di “Parole in cammino”  il Festival della Lingua italiana e delle Lingue d’Italia, manifestazione promossa dal Comune di Siena, in collaborazione con l’Università per Stranieri di Siena e l’Università di Siena, diretta da Massimo Arcangeli. https://www.ilfestivaldellalinguaitaliana.it/ In preparazione per l’evento…

PIAZZA – Word of the Week

PIAZZA is our Word of the Week.  La Piazza – Square in Italy is the soul of each city, town, village. No matter the size, La Piazza is the meeting point, the heart of social life, the place to see people and be seen… Centre of economic and political activities, la Piazza often takes its…

ROSA – Word of the Week

ROSA- Word of the Week : With the new month, our word of the week is ROSA, the iconic May flower. There are many varieties of Roses and you are going to discover more about it in the next article @ “Tuscany Fragrant Pharmacy “. Rosa, in Italian, also is a colour(pink)  and it doesn’t…

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…

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…

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…

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…