Primavalle Market

Our Life in the Boot

primavalle-2Neil was so sweet to let me have a morning to myself not that long ago. I knew exactly what was in order—a trip to my favorite mercatino usato, Portobello Rome, which is only a short walk from our home. But it was early, and caffe was calling. After the usual cornetto and cappuccino, I decided to explore  our neighborhood market that I had been wanting to explore for months. Primavalle is a simple area, but packed full with about 300,000 people and I’m pretty sure we might be the only American family living in this area as well.

You won’t find Primavalle marked off as a tourist destination either. There aren’t any major sites to see here. It’s a place where regular italians live everyday life. They are meeting in bars to kick back an espresso and catch up on the latest neighborhood news. They are stopping to say ciao to…

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Why you cannot forget ‘che’



Lately I’ve been reflecting on the effectiveness of how I teach myself Italian. I’m now into my tenth year of learning – there have been gaps along the way mind you, weeks, months where I haven’t studied. The longest gap was probably  a whole year following a holiday in Italy . During the trip I’d managed a few conversations in Italian and was thinking to myself I was making a bit of progress. We got back to the airport and I ordered a slice of pizza for lunch. The lady asked me if I wanted it heating up ( I think) and I completely failed to understand her. I was a bit frustrated, thinking the only way to get any better would be to stay there and practice….. The year later I got over myself and carried on!!!

So my approach is entirely scattered, and is not exactly following a…

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October, 23rd: OPEN DAY 2015!

On friday, October, 23rd Kappa Language School will host the Open Day 2015!

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Visit our new headquarters in the heart on Rome and get the opportunity to:

  • Take a free entry test to check your proficiency level;
  • Meet our staff and get help finding the best learning experience for you;
  • Collect information about the PLIDA exam and learn how to certify your italian;
  • Enroll in one of our courses with a 10% discount on the regular fee;
  • Learn more about the School and its activities and events;
  • Attend a free conversation class and have a first taste of Italian.

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Conversation classes will be held at the following times:

10.00-11.00: elementary level;
11.30-12.30: intermediate level;
14.00-15.00: elementary level;
15.30-16.30: intermediate level.

For further information:

Come and visit us in via del Boschetto, 32 from 10.00 am!

Miti Da Sfatare Sulla Cucina Italiana

Aggiungerei che in Italia esistono anche ricette che non prevedono l’uso del pomodoro:)

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Livello: principiante – beginner – débutant

Cosa facciamo noi italiani a tavola? Cosa ci piace? Cosa non ci piace? Spesso la cucina italiana, come le altre cucine del mondo, quando viene esportata subisce un po’ di modifiche. Leggete per sfatare alcune leggende sulla nostra cucina.

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1. Il cappuccino dopo cena non è da Italiani

Questo è, in realtà, da americani. A volte da inglesi. Raramente da francesi. Mai e poi mai da italiani. Sarà pure un’abitudine curiosa, ma per noi il latte è cosa da mattina. Possiamo spingerci a ordinare un cappuccino al bar fino alle 11, mezzogiorno al massimo, se proprio ci siamo alzati tardi. Insomma, fino all’ora che negli States è già giusta per un Bloody Mary.

In certe fredde giornate d’autunno o d’inverno, possiamo anche bercelo alle cinque del pomeriggio, invece del tè. Ma non è bevanda post prandiale. Del resto, gli anglosassoni fanno…

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