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Alright, we did it!

We finally decided to enrich our website with a full-functioning blog! This is the first post so don’t expect anything special, just our students giving you the warmest welcome you can get!

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Alcune poesie d’autunno

Chissà che i nostri studenti non sappiano segnalarcene altre (nella loro lingua)!

Affresco della Lingua Italiana

poesie d'autunnoCiao, ragazzi!

L’autunno è appena arrivato in Europa. Ormai le foglie cominciano a cadere e tutto intorno si tinge di rosso, giallo e arancio. Ho scelto alcune poesie che parlano di questa bellissima stagione, spero che vi piacciano. Se ne conoscete altre, condividetele nei commenti.
Quale stagione dell’anno vi piace di più e perché?
Un caro saluto!
Claudia Lopes

(Vincenzo Cardarelli)

Autunno. Già lo sentimmo venire
nel vento d’agosto,
nelle pioggie di settembre
torrenziali e piangenti
e un brivido percorse la terra
che ora, nuda e triste,
accoglie un sole smarrito.
Ora passa e declina,
in quest’autunno che incede
con lentezza indicibile,
il miglior tempo della nostra vita
e lungamente ci dice addio.

In questa notte d’autunno
(Nazim Hikmet – poeta polacco)

In questa notte d’autunno
sono pieno delle tue parole
parole eterne come il tempo
come la materia
parole pesanti come la mano
scintillanti come le stelle.


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Let’s go shopping! An infographic

If you are planning to survive in Italy, you definitely need to know where to go to buy everyday stuff, namely you need to learn Italian words related to shop and small business names. As always, Kappa Language School is here to help you learning the hard stuff in a colorful way: here’s a brand new (horizontal!) infographic you might want to check before going out on your shopping spree in the Belpaese!

“Che lavoro fai?” – an infographic!

One of the first steps when it comes to self introduction in a new language is being able to describe your job, even if just summarily. In fact, no beginner Italian language student is actually aware of the fact that this particular area of Italian vocabulary has been subject to major controversies during the past 50 years. As you might already know (or imagine) Italian language is arguably a slightly sexist language, and this inclination towards the predominance of masculine figures (and forms) is particularly evident in the semantic area of work and jobs.

In the infographic shown below, as well as in our Italian language courses, we tried to be as politically correct as possible, but the point is that many names that designate positions of responsibility simply don’t have the feminine (or do have it, but it is not often used). Few examples: medico (doctor) instead of which Italians tend to use the more generic dottoressa, or sindaco (mayor) and ministro (minister) whose feminine forms, sindaca and ministra, have been recently put into use with quite a struggle, encountering countless resistance from average speakers. Let alone words such architetta, which are grammatically correct but carry a disturbing (for some) assonance with female body parts…


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Learn Italian words: il menù in italiano!

I bet that one of the main reasons most of you guys are in love with Italy (and studying Italian language) is your attraction for Italian food, and you are damn right about that! With such an amazing variety of ingredients and dishes, Italian cuisine is a cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet and part of the world cultural heritage!

Despite being worldly renown, though, a traditional Italian meal has a structure that many of our Italian language students (especially the ones coming from the far east) find puzzling. For many of those who approach Italian cuisine and are used to meals based on a single dish, the distinction between primo and secondo might seem useless and confusing, and the fact that an Italian lunch (or dinner) is often divided in 3 or more dishes can give the impression of an unnecessary generous meal.

Now, we do not expect to turn you into a three-stars chef or teach you everything our nonna told us about Italian food, but we really hope this brand new infographic, Il menù in italiano, will help you sorting out some useful information you can use during you next pranzo!

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La radio

Un’utilissima collezione di link per chi vuole esercitarsi nella comprensione orale della lingua italiana. E per i più pigri c’è la nostra webradio #Aperitalia: https://www.kappalanguageschool.com/en/component/k2/itemlist/tag/aperitalia

One2One English


(English version below)

Il consiglio che do sempre ai miei studenti è di ascoltare la radio.

Sono magari un po’ vecchia scuola, ma penso davvero che la radio possa offrire un’opportunità eccellente per praticare la vostra capacità d’ascolto. Ci sono stazione radio per ogni argomento con programmi davvero interessanti. I dialoghi sono autentici e non recitati in modo artificioso per un corso di lingue.

Durante la giornata ho sempre la radio in sottofondo. Così, appena volessi prendere una breve pausa dal lavoro, mi potrei rilassare esercitando la mia capacità d’ascoltato.

Ricordatevi che ascoltare aiuta:

  1. Processare subconsciamente una lingua
  2. Famigliarizzarsi con il ritmo di una lingua
  3. Famigliarizzarsi con la struttura di una lingua
  4. A parlare, dato che ascoltare è un elemento importante per essere capace di avere una conversazione

Ma non basta avere la radio in sottofondo nella lingua che volete imparare, fate anche un sforzo di ascoltarla davvero. Trovate 10 minuti al giorno, per esempio 5 al mattino e 5 quando tornate dal…

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Learn Italian words (and grammar): la colazione in Italia!

As every grandma uses to say, “breakfast is the most important meal of all”. And that is indeed true, especially if you consider that generally it helps your body recovering from a night of fasting! So what’s the deal with Italian breakfast?

From a country whose diet is renowned worldwide, with an outstanding variety of ingredients and a cookbook stuffed with delicious recipes, you would expect excellence even when it comes to the first meal of the day. Yet, breakfast in Italy is very different from what many expats and Italian language students would expect, as it is usually a very fast and light meal, the mainstay being a cappuccino or an espresso accompanied by some pastries (cornetti) and, occasionally, corn flakes and cereals (fiocchi d’avena e cereali). In a regular Italian breakfast there is no room for cheese, eggs, beans or bacon, and actually most Italians tend to consider the idea of having a “salty breakfast” (or eating anything salted before midday) quite disgusting.

Even in Italy, of course, you will be able to find bars, pubs and hotels which regularly serve English or American breakfast, but if you really want to get the full Italian experience, you should really try to melt in and have a quick and light Italian breakfast in a local bar, peeking at a quotidiano and catching the occasion to have a chat with Italian natives on the latest news

For all of you who want to be prepared when having your first breakfast in Italy, here’s a new infographic… with a quick grammar overview about si passivante included!


Learn Italian words and grammar: breakfast in Italy, Infographic