As promised on Monday, first we have the answers to the comprehension questions from the free sample chapter of ‘Ieri, oggi, domani‘.
(If you missed Monday’s free sample chapter but would like to follow along with this next bit, click here to read/listen first.)
The ‘Vero o falso?’ questions were:
1. Carmine ha pagato la multa di 28.000 lire.
2. L’ufficiale giudiziario prende i mobili di casa.
3. La multa è per contrabbando di sigarette.
4. I mobili di casa sono di Carmine e sua moglie.
5. La moglie di Carmine deve andare in prigione.
So no, Carmine didn’t pay his wife’s fines, and no, the bailiff didn’t take the furniture (because Carmine had arranged with his neighbours to help him hide it.)
It’s true that the the fines were for contraband cigarettes, though clearly the Sofia Loren character was selling them rather than actually smuggling them.
The furniture is all in the wife’s name, so number four would be false, and it’ll therefore be the wife that will have to serve an eventual prison sentence for hiding it. Which makes no. 5 true.
To find out if the wife DOES go to prison, read our simplified version of the story or head over to Youtube and search for ‘Ieri, oggi, domani’.
As the film contains three separate stories, so you’ll only have to watch the first third of it to find out what happens to Carmine and his wife!
By the way, for anyone feeling lazy, I’ve found an English language trailer for the film, with the famous Sofia Loren striptease scene! Watch it here.
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Two new Vocabulary Exercises
Here are two quick exercises for you, on the general theme of ‘words’.
The first looks at the formation of plurals with compound words.
Bottlesopener or bottleopener? That sort of thing. The level is low-ish, so suitable for everyone:
The next one is a collection of expressions that an Italian teacher colleague thought were easily confused by students. It would be particularly useful for higher level students: