I’d be rubbish at working in retail. In fact I WAS rubbish at working in retail, around thirty-five years ago, having once been an easily-bored teenager who was prone to sulk when he perceived his talents were being under-employed. But what I mean is that, suppose I worked in a boutique or a sneaker-shop or […]
Archives for March 2018
How to Save 20% on Online Italian Lessons and Ebooks!
Buondì. It seems to be a holiday just about everywhere in Europe today, except in Italy (as I point out each Good Friday.) My kids are off school for a week or so, as am I, which is nice for them but means I have to prepare lunch and wash the dishes. Also, the EasyReaders.Org […]
Got you some flowers! (And how to avoid the Easter Sale…)
Buondì. Spring has sprung here in Bologna. The cherry trees in the courtyard in front of our house have that lovely pink blossom that lasts just a few days before it’s gone. From my bedroom window, I can see a rash of little blue flowers (no idea what type) popping up from every inch of […]
Are you like an open book? Or more like a printed book?
Buondì. I’m in a rush today as I spent a good chunk of the morning studying Swedish (words for things in the bedroom – it felt a bit like shopping at Ikea…) followed by an enjoyable online lesson. Amongst other things, I learnt how to say ‘I’m joking’ (Jag skojar). I asked my teacher “Do […]
La mia porta è sempre aperta!
The problem with having an office is that people expect you to be in it. Worse, it fills up with paper, much of it needing attention. And if you’re unfortunate enough to work for an organisation with an I.T. department, it will likely be ordained that the most secure way for you to work is […]
Here’s one to make you purr!
Buondì. First, many thanks to those of you who took time to leave feedback on Monday’s experimental new material ‘Il cane‘. The comments are at the bottom of Monday’s article. Read what was written by clicking that link and scrolling down. Note that it’s possible to comment on what other people have written. Look for […]
I learnt something today – faccio una vita da cani!
Buondì. It’s been snowing here in Bologna this morning, though it didn’t settle. But what a start to the week, eh? Thank goodness Pasqua (Easter) is nearly on us… Also this morning, I’ve actually learnt some Italian! ‘Dare da mangiare al cane’ is a riot of improbable prepositions that means ‘Feed the dog’. Typical of […]
Who are you?
“Who Are You is the eighth studio album by English rock band The Who, released on 18 August 1978 by Polydor Records in the United Kingdom and MCA Records in the United States.” Wikipedia Can you believe that was FORTY YEARS AGO??? If you fancy a trip down memory lane, here’s the link to the […]
Why the audio quality and speed doesn’t, or shouldn’t, matter
Listening seems to be a recurrent theme at the moment. You would not believe how many people email to say one or more of the following: Listening is so difficult compared to, say, grammar I can’t understand much / anything at all The audio quality of the listenings on the club site is poor / […]
Daniel joins the twenty-first century
Buondì. What with my newish policy of not-working on Sundays, I was left at a loose end yesterday morning, between going for a walk and preparing cabonara for the kids’ lunch. So I downloaded some apps to my smartphone: the Swedish TV news website, some Swedish newspapers, an app that plays Swedish TV programs, and […]