Buondì. Next week we’ll be having our Autumn/Fall sale, which means a coupon code that saves you 20% on online lessons and/or ebooks for improving your Italian and/or other languages. In anticipation, why not browse our Catalog page? Bear in mind that the prices there will be reduced by a fifth if you remember to […]
Archives for September 2021
Time to restate what I’m about
Buondì. I’ll keep this short again, as the bloody touch pad on the computer is driving me up the wall – one delicate click comes out as a trembly two, two decisive clicks turn out not to have been felt at all (leaving me stabbing furiously at the machine with semi-numb fingers), and typing this […]
The two best places to learn Italian for free (& new ebook!)
Buondì. A rare Saturday article, to compensate for there having been no articles on Wednesday or Friday, the first time I’ve missed writing to the club on one of the regular days for many, many years. I often tell my students, by way of encouraging them to read and listen more to the language or […]
That ‘back to school’ feeling!
Buondì. My son, wearing a black hoodie, black tracksuit trousers, black Nikes, and carrying a black bag (which may or may not contain books and something to write with), has just walked out of the front door to catch a bus to what will be the first full week of his final year of school. […]
To end our FREE Summer Series, two more medieval women!
Buondì. Here we are with the final part in our FREE, 30-part Summer Series of Italian articles with audio. Has it been worth it? Well, I’ve certainly learnt a lot! Hope you have, too. Today we’re continuing Wednesday’s profiles of notable medieval women, with the stories of a saint (one of Italy’s TWO patron saints, […]
Medieval women (and a NEW ‘easy reader’ ebook!)
Buondì. The penultimate in our FREE, 30-part Summer Series of Italian articles with audio is ready for you to read and listen to. Over the past couple of months, we’ve had a thousand years of warriors, nobles, kings, emperors and popes, men whose, mostly bad, deeds have been sufficiently notable to earn them a slot […]
What’s the difference between an ‘epoch’ and an ‘era’?
Buondì. What’s the difference between an ‘epoch‘ and an ‘era‘? I confess, I had to look it up (see the links above, which are to Dictionary.com, a site which was new to me until today, but seems quite useful…) My ignorance can be blamed on my nineteen-seventies-era (not ‘epoch’) comprehensive school education, perhaps. I bet […]
Lesson number one about doing business in Italy
Buondì. I’ll keep this very, very quick. Today’s free Summer Series article with audio is ready for you to read and listen to. And it’s an interesting one, with a link to an entertaining video about the De Medici family, which I assume was produced for Italian teenagers (who are obbliged to memorise medieval history), […]
How to marry the boss’s daughter and become Duke of Milan
Buondì. Episode 26 of our FREE thirty-part Summer Series of articles with audio recordings, which cover the thousand-year medieval period in the Italian peninsula, is now ready. We’re in the middle of a sequence of four related articles, which recount how the various powerful ‘comunes’ ended up back being ruled by hereditary figures. Monday’s article […]
“What happened next?”
Buondì. In Friday’s episode twenty-four of our FREE 30-part Summer Series of articles with audio on the medieval period in the Italian peninsula (scroll down past The Romans to get to it) we heard and read about the new, self-governing ‘comunes’, which were, perhaps, an early form of democracy. So what happened next? Did this […]