Buondì. It’s really, really hot in Italy right now. I’ve stopped with the afternoon walks, I’m leaving the shutters closed at home, and drinking more water and tea than usual (and sadly, less beer and wine) – all emergency, heat-combatting measures! The ‘easy Swedish news’ site I listen to each day is closing down for […]
Archives for June 2019
Buondì. Yesterday was a slow day at the school so, following my own advice in Monday’s article – Time for a seasonal language-learning rethink – I decided to take a couple of hours and self-evaluate my progress with Swedish. I passed the A2 Swedex exam back in September, which was a proud moment – my […]
Time for a seasonal language-learning rethink
Buondì. Things are very, very quiet on the Internet at the moment, probably due to the good/bad weather. There’s a heatwave in Europe, with temperatures expected to hit 40 degrees Celsius in some places, though ‘only’ 36-37 where we are in Bologna. Did you know Celsius was a Swedish scientist? Neither did I. But anyway, […]
What’s that on the horizon?
Buondì. What’s that coming over the horizon? Is it a sail? The first signs of a thunderstorm? A mirage? I’m back from Istanbul, which was great, and back at work, which isn’t. Yesterday I was at the school, today I’m slaving away on the laptop. Tuesday we were riding ferries across the Bosphorus, Wednesday we […]
You can’t write that, says my wife
Buondì. Final post from Istanbul, which I’m writing on Tuesday afternoon as we’ll be leaving for the airport to fly back to Bologna early on Wednesday. I was planning to write about a.) what we’ve been up to since Monday morning and/or b.) how I’ve been getting on with my Turkish in the six days […]
Two sides of Istanbul
Buondì, and still from Istanbul. I’m up early this morning to write this, as we’re planning a day trip to the ‘adalar’ (islands). According to Google, they’re “a cluster of 9 islands southeast of Istanbul in the Sea of Marmara”, meaning it’s a ferry ride there and back. More about that on Wednesday, then. So, […]
Buondì from İstanbul (no Wikipedia links this time)
Buondì. We’re on holiday, in İstanbul. Now I just tried to find out from Wikipedia if I’d got the little dot on the capital I correct (like this İ ?) and what the origins of the city’s name were, and why it should have a little dot when the normal rules of spelling would suggest […]
Obvious (& less obvious ways) to practice Italian on holiday
Buondì. Let’s assume you’ll be visiting Italy at some point in the future. Perhaps for your holiday this summer? Of course then, you’ll be looking for ways to practice the Italian you’ve learnt. Hopefully all that effort will pay off when it comes to: buying a ticket for the aiport bus navigating from the bus […]
Want more? Different? Better? Here’s how to get it.
Buondì. Want something more? Want something different? Want something better? Here’s how to get it. No, wait. You might not want to know this because… … it involves ‘change’. Which is usually uncertain. “If I do this, will I get that?” – “Maybe, probably. Well, you might!” And is often hard to figure out: “I’ve […]
Is your glass half-full or half-empty?
Buondì. It’s a clichè, of course. But an apt one in this case. Over the years, teaching languages and learning them, I’ve noticed that there’s a tendency for beginners to be more optimistic. While intermediate/advanced-level learners are often pessimistic, or even depressed! When you’re starting out, each hour you spend learning can add significantly to […]