Tra Roma e il Giappone

Another story From students to students! Today Yogo, a musician from Japan, tells us about his experience in Rome… in his own very peculiar style!

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

Scioglilingua/ Tongue twisters

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Ecco alcuni dei scioglilingua piu’ usati:

  • Sopra il palazzo c’è un cane pazzo, date a quel pazzo cane un pezzo di pane.
  • Trentatré trentini entrarono a Trento, tutti e trentatré di tratto in tratto trotterellando.
  • Sopra la panca la capra campa, sotto la panca la capra crepa.
  • Una platessa lessa lesse la esse di Lessie su un calesse fesso.
  • Tre tigri contro tre tigri
  • Ma fossi tu quel barbaro barbiere che barbassi quella barba così barbaramente a piazza Barberini.
  • Apelle figlio d’Apollo fece una palla di pelle di pollo, tutti i pesci vennero a galla per vedere la palla di pelle di pollo fatta da Apelle figlio d’Apollo.
  • A quest’ora il questore in questura non c’è.
  • Se oggi seren non è, doman seren sarà, se non sarà seren si rasserenerà.
  • Tito, tu m’hai ritinto il tetto, ma non t’intendi tanto di tetti ritinti.
  • Una rana nera e rara sulla rena…

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The elephant in the piazza: Bernini and Minerva’s chick

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If you go for a stroll around the area of Piazza del Pantheon in Rome, you are likely to come a cross a peculiar square called Piazza della Minerva, a small hidden spot that is home of one equally peculiar monument: the statue of an elephant carrying an Egyptian obelisk on its back.

Obelisks are easy to find in Rome and you don’t have to look further than landmarks such as piazza Navona or even Piazza San Pietro to see incredible examples of them. Elephants, on the other end, are a rare sight in the Eternal city, so this chunky pachyderm makes this obelisk pretty unique. Unique is also the story, or I should maybe say the gossip, that surrounds its construction: it is one of the many legends that surround Bernini and I find it really funny.

The story highlights two of the most distinctive traits of the Romans: cynicism and humor.

Il pulcin della Minerva, Piazza della Minerva Il pulcin…

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What Would Dante Do? Posthumous Observations by Il Poeta By Laura Shewan

Living In Italy.Moving To Italy. Loving In Italy. Laughing In Italy.

Quando leggemmo il disiato riso, esser basciato da cotanto amante, questi, che mai da me non fia diviso, la bocca mi baciò tutto tremante.”

~ Dante ~

Is there anything in this world more frightening than a Florentine shop assistant? If there is, I haven’t yet found it. The only thing that enables me to transcend my terror and cross the threshold of an Italian boutique is The Pure Unadulterated Desire To Shop. Yes, the clothes are sooo pretty, but they come at a big price; and i’m not just talking about the label. I mean, the sweaty palmed experience of being scrutinised. Most of the time I can be found trembling in the changing cubicle, whilst an immaculate madonna peers through the curtains at me, simultaneously scowling and staring. (Seriously: HOW do they DO that??) The terror is confounded by the knowledge that they somehow know I am a…

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#10Books set in Rome

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I, Claudius: from the autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Emperor of the Romans, born 10 B.C. murdered and deified A.D. 54Historical fiction, a lot of great novels that are out of print ….it’s hard to get a mixture of holiday reading and classics in stock without too many ‘swords and sandals’ titles! Based around books rated very highly by Leeds Libraries readers, here’s some suggestions. And there’s more than 10 …


I, Claudius by Robert Graves From the autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Emperor of the Romans, born 10 B.C. murdered and deified A.D. 54. Written in the form of Claudius’ autobiography, this is the first part of Roberts Graves’s account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome, and stands as one of the most celebrated, gripping historical novels ever written.

The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne ‘Often enjoyed by Victorian tourists as a guide to the Eternal City, the book centres around the time spent in Rome by three American artists & their faunlike Italian friend Donatello. In a richly symbolic…

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Shakespeare’s Italy

Priyanka Pradhan : Portfolio

Published in Sorbet Magazine (May 2014)

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Shakespeare’s Italy

Although there is no evidence that William Shakespeare ever went there, his long-standing love affair with Italy has led some experts to suggest that he actually lived there for a while. Whatever the truth may be, there is no denying that the Bard’s plays are immersed in Italian culture and draped in the social fabric of the country, offering a unique guide to Italy.

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Shakespeare's Italy- Priyanka Pradhan. Publsihed in Sorbet Magazine (May 2014) Shakespeare’s Italy- Priyanka Pradhan. Publsihed in Sorbet Magazine (May 2014)

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!”- Mark Antony in Julius Caesar

Of the 13 plays set in Italy, Shakespeare’s most intense political dramas, including Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and Coriolanus are placed against the backdrop of Rome’s daunting fortresses and menacing real-life conspiracies. Shakespeare’s classic Roman tragedies portrayed power, deceit and betrayal through strong Italian characters such as Marcus…

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