Buondì. This is a follow-up to Monday’s article ‘Make a new plan, Stan‘. First things first, I am no perfect student, neither am I a language-learning genius, nor (fortunately) an idiot savant. However, experience helps a lot. Suppose you’ve already got your driver’s license for a car/automobile? Then passing your motorcycle test is likely to […]
Archives for March 2019
Make a new plan, Stan
Buondì. Monday morning, 07.55, and I have a relatively quiet week ahead, so plenty of time for language-learning. But also, an article to write for the Club, and no-predetermined topic. A week of study to plan, an article to write… Ah ha! “Make a new plan, Stan” is a line from the chorus of Paul […]
Flat battery? Or chain reaction?
If you don’t use your automobile often, it can be hard to get it started, especially on a winter morning. You turn the key, but instead of the engine roaring into life, there’s only a sickly straining sound from the starter motor. Or worse, just an electrical click, then nothing. You’re going to be late. […]
Ever dreamt of building yourself a second home?
Thanks in advance to Anne in Chicago, who will no doubt point out that in the USA you say ‘dreamed’. I know that. But people all over the world read these articles, and I have to spell it one way or the other, don’t I? It’s like Catalogue / Catalog – I vary it. Deliberately. […]
When is an unemployed Italian NOT an unemployed Italian?
Umm… When he or she has a side job, for cash, which he/she isn’t paying any tax on? Thank you, but no. That’s not what this is about. Go on then, when IS an unemployed Italian not an unemployed Italian? So, Friday morning I was at the CUP (Centro Unico Prenotazione) to book blood tests. […]
About translating. And a second new parallel text
Buondì. Translating – as a job, it’s not ideal. What with Google Translate and so on these days, people think it’s easy. And fast to do. Nothing could be further from the truth. And if you translate to earn a little extra cash, you’ll soon realise that your clients are far from perfect either… The […]