Buondì. A super-quick one today, as I’m back in Italy after my holiday in the UK. The house is full of grown up children (we’re five adults and an infant at the moment), which means shopping, cooking, and washing up, not to mention taxiing Roomie to and from her distant kindergarten and, um, actually trying […]
Archives for August 2022
The Renaissance #22 / ‘Best of EasyItalianNews.com 2021-22’
Buondì. Two things today: First, for all you Italian history fans, we have the twenty-second installment of our FREE Summer Series of articles with audio, this year on The Renaissance (and the events that followed it.) Two thirds of the way into this thirty-part series, we seem to be bogged down in a long period […]
The Renaissance #21: Heroics in Turin!
Buondì. Good to see the club website‘s statistics showing signs of life again, after the quiet summer months. Even during July and August, we get vast amounts of spam, much of it in the cyrillic alphabet, with links to dodgy websites. But visits from genuine language-learners fall off, as people are on holiday (except in […]
The Renaissance #20, Naples is revolting!
Buondì. I’m still in Cornwall, where raindrops are dropping, and the gulls never shut up. But the pasties are good and the beer is cheap. We still have ‘fish and chips’ to cross off our holiday ‘to do’ list, and the kids want to go to Falmouth for the charity shops (‘thrift stores’ in US […]
The Renaissance #19 / Half Price eBook of the Week Offer!
Buondì. Hope you had a nice weekend! I’m in Cornwall, England, which is beautiful, but out of the way. It took us over nine hours in a hire car to get here from London Stanstead airport, due to traffic on the motorway/interstate/autostrada, call it what you will. I’m travelling with two of my grown up […]
The Renaissance #18: A philosopher gets burnt at the stake
Buondì. In the latest installment of our Summer Series in The Renaissance, a philosopher gets burnt at the stake. Did he deserve it? Well obviously not. Whatever your feelings about philosophers, and other academics come to that, that’s a particularly horrible end! Not that this particular philosopher seemed to mind. Get the back story and […]
The Renaissance #17: Venezia, il Doge e l’impero del mare
Buondì. Another short one, as I’m still watching Roomie, who, in the freshness of the morning, is running around outside our house, as I sit on a bench typing this and keeping an eye on her. She’s chewing on a messy apricot, from which I have promised to remove the pit, stone, whatever it’s called […]
The Renaissance #16 / new World Literature easy reader ebook
Buon Ferragosto a tutti! Today’s a public holiday in Italy, meaning even less gets done than usual. Except at our place, of course, where I’m writing this, then preparing pranzo for Stefi, Roomie, and two of my now-adult offspring (pasta and a pesto made with the rest of our basilico), then cleaning away and washing […]
The Renaissance #15: Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, il signore del Piemonte
Buondì. Episode 15 of our FREE Summer Series on The Renaissance is ready for you to read/listen to. Do take a look: Il Rinascimento, Episodio 15. Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, il signore del Piemonte And being #15, out of thirty episodes, it’s a reminder that we’re already at the mid-way point of the series. Doesn’t […]
The Renaissance #14: l’Italia ha troppo Papa e troppa Spagna!
Buondì. Ever heard of the Lanzichenecchi? I came across them years back, in a rather trashy novel about a high-class prostitute who loses almost everything due to the Lanzichenecchi, so has to escape to Venice, where she continues her trade until, well… that would be giving it away. If I could remember the title, I’d […]