Things are quieter than normal in Bologna right now. “Too quiet!” as they used to say in the cowboy movies I watched with my dad in the ‘seventies. Which brings to mind my favorite song from 1965, when I was minus two: Bob Dylan’s ‘Talkin’ World War III Blues‘. In particular verse 4, when Bob […]
Archives for February 2020
Guaranteed Virus-Free Ebooks!
Buondì. So far it’s been a rather trying week, and it’s only Wednesday morning! On Sunday afternoon my teenage son gleefully informed me that his school would be closed for the coming week, due to the coronavirus. Which meant we had to make a hurried decision whether to open OUR school the following morning, and […]
What do I think? Plus a new ‘eBook of the Week’ offer
Buondì. Sydney, who is presumably a college student, emailed: “I love your site, especially the news service you provide. I’m spending my first semester in Italy (got here in January!) and have recently learned about the debate (at least in the Florence English speaking community) about using expat versus immigrant. I’m curious to hear your […]
Free Trial Online Italian Lesson offer: final day!
Buondì. I don’t usually email on Sundays – I’m busy in the kitchen, instead. However, between washing the dishes and making dough for tonight’s pizza, here’s a quick reminder that the ‘Free Trial Online Italian Lesson‘ offer ends tonight. The next chance to try a one-to-one lesson with a native-speaker teacher won’t be until November. […]
Time’s running out to claim your Free Online Italian Lesson!
Buondì. Time’s running out to book your free online Italian lesson via Skype! The offer ends on Sunday night, so jump to it! 90 people have already signed up for a free lesson, though if past performance is a guide, not all of them will get around to actually doing it. We usually calculate that […]
Reminder! Free Online Italian Lesson via Skype!
Buondì. Today, jus a quick reminder about the ‘Free Online Italian Lesson via Skype’ offer, which began on Monday. Full details are here. 40 people already signed up in just the first two days. The offer lasts until Sunday night and the plan is to give away a hundred free lessons… So if you’re interested, […]
This week: the Free Trial Online Italian Lesson Offer!
(The articles I’ll be publishing this week are similar to those published in November 2019, at the time of our previous Free Trial Lesson Offer. They worked well then, so I’ll be taking a break and catching up on other work. Things’ll be back to normal on Monday 24th February.) Buondì. As mentioned on Friday, […]
A crafty marketing ploy
Buondì. Renee emailed about last Friday’s rant: The problem you had with Gail – whether it’s a real one or perhaps a marketing ploy / strategy, I don’t care – can be solved by letting readers create their own exercises. There is an interesting website – not for free but affordable – where you can […]
Buondì. Here’s an expat reminiscence for you (I’ve been living in Italy for over twenty years.) Since my early days ‘abroad’, I was an avid reader of The Economist, a British weekly magazine which is packed with interesting articles, not just about politics/economics/business but also on cultural and scientific themes. Back in the day, I […]
New eBook of the Week: Yue a Bologna (A1 – Elementary)
Buondì. Thanks to everyone who bought a copy of last week’s newly-published easy Italian reader ebook, Zio Ciro e la pizza (B1). If you’ve read/are reading it, don’t forget to leave a review, will you? There’s a page in the shop which shows you exactly how to do that. Step-by-step instructions, with pictures! Many thanks […]