Buondì. A purely ‘transactional’ article from me today, starting with a message for EIN (EasyItalianNews.com) subscribers. There were thirteen thousand of them at last count, and a similar number of club members, so I’m guessing that there must be a significant overlap. So, ragazzi, Saturday’s FREE emailed bulletin to subscribers failed to arrive in the […]
Archives for January 2023
How ‘fluent’ are you in Italian?
Buondì. Suzanne emailed in response to Wednesday’s article, Last night I went to a meeting with a bunch of Italians…, to ask this: “You must be extremely fluent in Italian to understand the “overview” of Italian legal history, as well as to be to be able to engage with Italians on such a specialized subject. How […]
Last night I went to a meeting with a bunch of Italians…
Buondì. Yesterday evening I was at a meeting. More of a presentation, actually, by an Italian lawyer, who was supposed to be updating us on recent changes to the law, but insisted on filling us in on the legal background, basically starting with the Romans, then Napoleon, then independence, then WWI, then fascism, and so […]
New ‘easy reader’ opera ebook, Aida, £5.99 this week
Buondì. Hope you had a nice weekend! A quick one day, as I’ve been busy publishing our new ‘easy reader’ ebook, part of the Opera series, which we began in the fall. This time it’s Aida, level B1, and it’s reduced 25% from the usual ebook price, so just £5.99 until Sunday 29th January 2023. […]
Italian words for crappy weather
Buondì. Yesterday evening it was sleeting where I live, in Bologna. Roomie and I are hoping for snow, so we can replicate some of the scenes from the movie Frozen (she’s Anna, the frisky younger sister, I’m Elsa, the gorgeous blonde.) But so far, no luck. The weather app on my smartphone accurately reported the […]
Watched a movie in Italian? Give yourself full marks!
Buondì. I’m going to be breve, breve, breve, anzì, brevissimo, this morning, as I have a lot piled up, including proof-reading and finalising a new ‘opera’ easy reader for publication on Monday. So here goes: feedback received on watching movies in Italian tends to be of the ‘I didn’t understand anything’ type. That’s nonsense, as […]
Got a sense of humor?
Buondì. Apparently, most people rate themselves highly on their driving skills (even Italians), on being good in bed, and of course, on having a sense of humour. When you think about it though, most people can’t be better than average (depending on the type of average we’re talking about), so plenty of people likely overestimate […]
Thinking in a foreign language
Buondì. I quite often get told, whether by students of foreign languages, or in learning material aimed at them, that I’ll know when I’m making progress when I can ‘think’ in the language I’m learning. Ergo, if I can’t ‘think’ in a foreign language, I’m doing something wrong, and/or still have a way to go. […]
Improve your Italian the easy way!
Buondì. “Improve your Italian the easy way!” Just buy our special course, book some lessons with our fantastic teachers, blah, blah, blah. That’s not what this is about. I was thinking more about choosing ‘easy’ learning activities, rather than ‘hard’ ones. And once you’ve selected a learning activity, making quiet sure that what you do […]
“Where are the translations?”
Buondì. This, via email, overnight: “I was on your site – onlineitalianclub.com and enjoy the Dialogues and Conversations but I don’t see where the translation is??” Short answer: it isn’t. Longer answer, much longer, actually: books, courses, apps and so on that are marketed to speakers of a specific language – for instance, Duolingo’s Italian […]