Infographic: physical descriptions in Italian

Le descrizioni in italiano

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Alla guida – a language lesson for those who want to get their driving licence in Italy

If you think that Italians cannot drive (at least not politely) and that in Italy traffic laws are considered as mere suggestions to drivers who otherwise are used to act like cavemen… you might be right.

Nevertheless, Italy does have traffic laws, sometimes even tricky, and Italian, as any other language, has a whole section of its vocabulary about the semantic field of driving. So, if you are an expat, an au pair or a student living in Italy and you intend to get your driving licence here, you might want to learn some very important word that could get you behind the wheel.

Click here for a whole new and original Italian Language Lesson about driving and respecting traffic laws in Italy… Enjoy!

IL GIORNALE DEL BAR: LA MIA OSSESSIONE MATTUTINA

Let’s visit an italian bar and read some italian newspaper with Sara, via http://lezionitaliane.com/2015/03/13/il-giornale-del-bar-la-mia-ossessione-mattutina/

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Le cronache romanzate della milanese a Roma continuano…

La mia storia d’amore con Roma è iniziata nei bar, la mattina. Non so cosa sia successo, ma ho improvvisamente smesso di fare colazione a casa per il piacere di un cornetto e di un cappuccino, seduta al tavolo o appollaiata1 sullo sgabello di fronte al bancone. Il mio obiettivo? Sorseggiare un cappuccino bollente (sì mi piace così, ustionante2 con cacao e senza zucchero), mordere un cornetto caldo integrale al miele (integrale o no, è una delle cose più malsane che si possano mangiare di primo mattino) e soprattutto sfogliare3 “Il Messaggero”. Attenzione: io non comprerei mai “Il Messaggero”, decisamente non è il mio quotidiano prediletto4. Eppure, quando lo trovo al bar, libero e disponibile, messo lì apposta per i clienti, mi sale una strana euforia, la cui origine resta per me tuttora un mistero.

È il piacere…

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Feeling Tense? Italian Modal Verbs

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Today, we have a quick lesson on Italian Modal Verbs and how they change their meaning depending on verb tense you select when speaking or writing about something that happened in the past.

The four basic Italian Modal Verbs are

Dovere – “Must”

Volere – “Want”

Potere – “Can”

Sapere – “Know how to”

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When using a modal verb, the formula is CONJUGATED MODAL VERB + ANOTHER VERB INFINITIVE

Ad esampio (for example): “I must go to work.” is “Devo andare al lavoro.” Devo (first person dovere) + andare (to go) in its infinitive form. “Can you (singular) enter?” would be “Puoi entrare?”

But here’s the tricky part. These Modal Verbs change their meaning if used in present perfect (passato prossimo) or imperfect (imperfetto).

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