Italian Vocabulary – Il Lungo Viaggio [Part 2]

Here is the second set of words from Leonardo Sciascia’s short story Il Lungo Viaggio. In the same way as I did in the previous post, I will present a list of 20 words and follow with example sentences for several of them.     Riuscire a Sono sicura di riuscire...

Italian Vocabulary – Il Lungo Viaggio

Chi ha lingua passa il mare ‘With a tongue in your head you can travel the world’ The idiomatic phrase above, which has no direct English equivalent (that I have been able to find), holds an idea that I believe will resonate with many language learners. The English translation...

Italian Present Continuous

The present continuous is used to talk about what is happening at the moment. It is only used in this circumstance, and not to talk about things that are continuing, but not happening at this very minute. The present continuous is relatively simple to conjugate. It is made using...

Italian Reading Practice – Il lungo viaggio

Another text in my Italian Reading Practice journey is the appropriately named Il lungo viaggio by Leonardo Sciascia. Unlike Alice in Wonderland (a reading endeavour that I talked about in a previous post), Il lungo viaggio is a short story that I have not read before in English and therefore will present...

Italian Vocabulary – Alice in Wonderland

In a previous post I wrote about how I am reading Alice nel paese delle meraviglie (Alice in Wonderland). Although the text is quite challenging, I’m having a lot of fun reading this novel in Italian and thought I would share some of the vocabulary I have come across so...

JLPT – what is it and should you take it?

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) has been offered by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (formerly Association of International Education, Japan) since 1984 as a means of evaluating the level of language proficiency in learners of Japanese. For those of us studying Japanese, it is practically...

The Correct Usage of PIACERE

How many times a day do you use the verb to like? Quite a few times I’m sure. It is a very common verb and of course language learners are keen to learn its usage as soon as possible. However, it is not only for this reason that I have...