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...

My linguistic aspirations

I want to dream in my target languages. Perhaps to be more accurate (or realistic), I want to daydream in my target languages.  This is a strange aspiration, I know, but what kind of language learner would I be if my ultimate goal was not to be so comfortable...