Italian Phrases

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by rebeccawinke | Thu, 02/04/2021 - 08:05
It’s Friday, so it must be time for a new government in Italy.  That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but Italy has had more than 60 changes of government (il…
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by rebeccawinke | Thu, 01/21/2021 - 08:11
Years ago, when I was still reading aloud to my sons, we were deep into the Harry Potter books. After finishing the iconic chapter describing Harry’s first…
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by rebeccawinke | Thu, 01/07/2021 - 10:30
In our family, we ski mainly to eat. And, judging by the hordes of people elbowing themselves into the buffet line come 1 p.m. in every “rifugio” (Alpine lodge…
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by rebeccawinke | Thu, 12/10/2020 - 03:31
With December comes the most important month for gift exchanges on the Italian calendar, beginning with the Festa dell’Immacolata on December 8th - officially…
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by rebeccawinke | Thu, 11/26/2020 - 09:55
Once your language skills clear the initial hurdles of basic grammar rules and a vocabulary large enough to navigate daily life, it’s time to start working on…
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by rebeccawinke | Thu, 11/12/2020 - 08:17
My first years in Italy were spent in Rome and rural Umbria, two areas of the Bel Paese in which swearing is a bit of a competitive sport and the threshold for…
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by rebeccawinke | Thu, 10/22/2020 - 04:22
Time may be relative, but 2020 has stretched, condensed, and emptied it of meaning like no other year. Months feel like years, days fly by in what seem like…
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by rebeccawinke | Thu, 10/08/2020 - 03:35
There may be differences in how Italy and countries across the globe have dealt with the coronavirus pandemic this year, but one thing has brought the world…
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by rebeccawinke | Thu, 10/01/2020 - 04:25
Of all the adventures that await in Italy, from climbing Renaissance-era bell towers to sampling authentic Neapolitan pizza, perhaps none is more thrilling (or…
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by rebeccawinke | Thu, 09/17/2020 - 06:53
There is something almost Buddhist about beginning to speak a second language. With a limited grasp of verb tenses, you are neither caught in the past nor…