Happy holidays from Kappa Language School

This 2014 has been an intense year, and has given us the chance to meet a lot of new, wonderful people and to improve ourselves as teachers and, most important, as human beings. We just wanted to post some pictures of these amazing 12 months, not as a form of showing-off but to remind us and the people who worked and learned with us how thankful we are to do what we do.

Our new year's eve dinner at the Piccolo Arancio restaurant

Our new year’s eve dinner at the Piccolo Arancio restaurant.

Our wonderful A2 summer class

Our wonderful A2 summer class…

...and our B1 class.

…and our amazing B1 class.

We learned how to make pizza...

We learned how to make pizza…

...kind of a long process...

…kind of a long process…

...which required good teaching and some explanations...

…which required good teaching and some explanations…

...but the reward worths the effort!

…but the reward worths the effort!

We had the chance to meet other teachers, thanks to our friends from Happy Languages, London...

We had the chance to meet other teachers, thanks to our friends from Happy Languages, London…

...we learned and taught a lot...

…we learned and taught a lot…

...it was one of the most satisfying moments of the year. :)

…it was one of the most satisfying moments of the year. 🙂

We've been having A LOT of aperitifs...

We’ve been having A LOT of aperitifs…

...meeting new people and seeing again old friends...

…meeting new people and seeing again old friends…

...and always ending up playing table soccer. :D

…and always ending up playing table soccer. 😀

We had the chance to visit charming historical towns outside of the city, such as Sermoneta...

We had the chance to visit charming historical towns outside of the city, such as Sermoneta…

...where our friends from Borgolingua welcomed us in the warmest way possible.

…where our friends from Borgolingua welcomed us in the warmest way possible.

We had a selfie...

We had a selfie…

...maybe two...

…maybe two…

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…ok, this is the last one. Promise.

Alessia and our alumna, Mariko, who helped us during the fair. Grazie Mariko, ci rivediamo a Roma!

Finally, we went to Japan!

We at Kappa Language School wish you all the best for the coming 2015 and are looking forward to meet you and learn some Italian together!

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Where to study Italian language in Manila

Notes of the Outsider

Today, I reviewed My Stats to look at the search terms people use to see my blog. I came over something that says ”where to study Italian in manila”. I think I never really posted on that one yet. One reason, I never really studied Italian while I was still in the Philippines. But fortunately, I am working on my school documents to be recognized here and the Italian Embassy recommended to me two offices which do translation of English documents from the Philippines to Italian language. Anyway, to cut the long story short, one of them is now included in my contacts and they just sent me an e-mail for the holidays about a gift certificate for studying Italian. The name of the organization is Societa Dante Alighieri-Manila.  It is also authorized to issue the PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri) certifying that the holder is proficient in the Italian…

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“Any given Christmas” in Italy, part 2

A few days ago we posted an article about an hilarious viral video-parody of Christmas in Italy seen by the most famous italian movie directors. The clip turned out to be part of a viral campaign about a new Christmas comedy called, surprise surprise! “Ogni maledetto Natale”.

The movie is out in cinemas in these days: it’s a story about a young couple, Massimo and Giulia. They fall in love at first sight, and, after few days, she invites him at her home for the Christmas dinner.
Massimo is not happy to attend to what he sarcastically defines “the scariest moment of the year”. But Giulia persuades him and Massimo ends up to spend that “sad” eve with the whole Colardo family, a household of rednecks who look just like cavemen in terms of elegance and gracefullness.The second part of the movie is set at Massimo’s house, where his wealthy family – the Marinelli Lopes clan – is preparing to have Christmas Lunch.

Traditonal capitone

Traditonal capitone, a kind of delicious eel often eaten in Napoli during Xmas lunch.

It’s worthy, at this point, to spend two words about this event. I mean, Christmas Lunch in Italy. It’s not a normal lunch, and it’s not a normal Christmas lunch (I was not using the capital letter for “lunch” by chance). Every Italian region has got its tradition about this meal: from Val d’Aosta, where faraona arrosto is the king dish, to Napoli, with spaghetti alle vongole, mixed fried fish and capitone, and to Palermo, with tipical sfincione and its thousand desserts; but the characteristic that connects them all is that none of the tablemates is able to leave the table before 7 pm.

But let’s come back to our movie. Surprise! Massimo’s relatives are performed by same actors who played Julia’s ones, obviously in diametrically opposite roles, but creating the same atmosphere of collective madness.

The movie, written and directed by the trio Ciarrapico, Torre, Vendruscolo, authors of successful sit-comedies based on the world of film productions, Boris, and features stars of Italian comedy such as Valerio Mastandrea and Caterina Guzzanti. An irreverent Christmas comedy mixing clever pathos and satire, with a certain charge of social criticism and some incisive characterization, such as the role of the Filipino butler, played by Corrado Guzzanti, who reminds mister Yunioshi in “Breakfast at Tiffanys”.

That said, don’t lose your opportunity to make a good laugh on Christmas and learn some Italian traditional expressions while watching this movie!

Read the original article on Kappa Language School’s website.