It’s April Fools’ Day, which is ‘pesce d’aprile’ – April Fish – in Italian.
So my 11-year-old son was in a hurry to get off to school this morning to play jokes on his friends.
It’s also the last day of school before the Easter holidays – a double reason to be cheerful…
Normally, he leaves on the dot of 07.45 to walk to school with his friends, but as he doesn’t wear a watch, relies on us to tell him when it’s time.
So a few minutes before 07.45 this morning I told him it already was time to go.
While he rushed upstairs to get his school bag and guitar, I fetched my keys and double-locked our front door…
‘Have a good day! See you at lunchtime…’
He starts pushing at the door, while all loaded up with coat, school bag and guitar.
‘It won’t open!’
I turn to my wife, who’s looking serious.
‘It’s that lock again. I thought your dad had fixed that? What are we going to do now? We can’t get out!’
My son’s panicked expression is enough to show that my April Fool has found its target, so I hold up my keys to show him he’s been fooled, and open the door to let him out…
No joking at OnlineItalianClub.com, though…
Just the latest in our series of free Italian listening comprehension exercises!
You can find the others in this series on our A2 page.
And material at other levels here.
If you’re due a few days off over Easter, and so find yourself at an unaccustomed loose end, don’t forget the wealth of materials for learning Italian in our online shop…
For those of you who already have a decent level in Italian, I’d particularly recommend Martin’s easy reader ‘Un furto ad arte‘ (level B1/B2 – intermediate/upper-intermediate). Here’s the link to the free sample chapter. (Martina is the writer who does our listening exercises…)
Or if you’re at a lower level still, another of my favourites is Giovanni’s ‘Il giocoliere‘ (Giovanni is a pro screenwriter and has also done our ‘book of the film’ series.) The level is A1/A2 – elementary/pre-intermediate. Download a free sample chapter here.
‘Buona Pasqua’ to everyone!