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…

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…

LUNA –Word of the Week

LUNA –Word of the Week: Stregati dalla Luna – Moonstruck (as in a famous movie I really loved). There has been a lot of “moon-talk” recently with celebrations coming up on July 20th for the Moon landing Anniversary: an unforgettable piece of history coupled with the unmatched magic of the Moon.   But the planet has…

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…

PAROLA – Word of the Week

PAROLA – Word of the Week: 5- 7th April, it’s time for Parole in Cammino -Festival dell’Italiano , at its III edition in Siena. The event is based on a  project, promoted by the association” La parola che non muore”  in collaboration with Comune di Siena, and with the participation of Università per Stranieri and…

PORTA – Word of the Week

PORTA is DOOR in English and I have a “mania”: I love taking photos of doors wherever I go. Behind every house door I always try to imagine what type of life there might be. For a long time I suffered a lack of roots , as my nature would be inclined to be deeply…

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…

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…