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Italian Reading Practice – Harry Potter

Harry Potter e la pietra filosofale Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone Harry Potter – an obvious choice for any British person learning a language and looking to attempt reading a novel. And with a cover as fun as the one on my copy (see featured image) who wouldn’t...

Italian Imperatives

Imperative – form of the verb used to give orders and instructions How to conjugate the imperative: There are a number of -ire verbs which do not add -isc to the stem. These are partire, dormire, aprire, sentire. The endings for these verbs are: -i, -a, -iamo, -ite, -ano. It is worth...

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. (part 1 part 3)     Riuscire a Sono...

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 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...