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…

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…

Chiara’s Guide to how to sound like a native Italian

Just using the right MODO di DIRE at the  right time can make you sound like a native speaker! Follow Chiara’s guide. Usare il giusto modo di dire o  espressione al momento giusto può farvi sembrare un madrelingua! So it is really cool – or as Italians say…è una figata!- to know how and when…

FICO – Word of the Week

FICO – Word of the Week. September is a month of transition: temperatures are dropping and summer is winding down into fall. Now the Tuscan countryside is at its best and, in the world of fruit,  September is the month for figs to hit markets and restaurants.   The choice for our Word of the Week for…

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…

Italiano dal Parrucchiere (Lesson in pill)

Italiano dal Parrucchiere: Diamoci un taglio!  In English : Let’s drop it! Let’s cut to the chase In Italian it can be an idiomatic expression as well as exactly what you say to your hairdresser when you wish to cut your hair short. In Italian  CAPELLI (plural) is Hair  (one of the myriad quirks of…