Monday is a public holiday in Italy.
April 25th is the anniversary of the liberation of Italy (from fascism) on the same day in 1945.
Here’s a photo to get you in the mood. It’s taken from the Italian Wikipedia page and shows the partisan’s victory parade in my home city of Bologna.
Yet another reason to celebrate is today’s free Italian lesson on the subjunctive imperfect!
I’m joking, of course. Personally I find both words, ‘subjunctive’ and ‘imperfect’, to be horribly off-putting. On their own, each one is bad enough. Together they sound even worse!
So unless you’re a grammar fiend, this probably isn’t your idea of a Friday treat. Sorry about that…
Nevertheless, if you want to make progress with your Italian, you’ll need to know what these verb forms represent when you see or hear them, even if you don’t get to the point of using them yourself.
So don’t be tempted to skip the lesson (it’s free!)
There’s a simple-to-understand explanation, a listening track with a transcript, and two exercises to test your understanding, or lack of it.
Here’s the link, and a link to the Italian Lessons Homepage, where you’ll find this lesson and the twenty-five previous ones in the series.
Or… or… you could do what I did and ignore the grammar completely, teaching yourself to understand and speak the language, albeit imperfectly, just by reading and listening.
In which case, our easy Italian readers would be a better place to start!
Pick your level, buy your e-book, read and listen to it as many times as you wish. Then repeat: pick another at the same level and read that. When you feel ready, move up a level.
Regular reading and listening will do a lot to build your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar, but more importantly will give you confidence in dealing with Italian texts and speech, both of which are fundamental to continued progress.
Actually, the best approach is probably systematic grammar and vocabulary study AND regular reading/listening, but if you’re already doing the grammar, adding the skills work can’t help but accelerate your progress with the language.
Anyway, I’m supposed to be promoting this week’s book of the week, ‘La casa dei fantasmi‘, which is half price until Sunday night sometime, just €4.99 instead of the usual easy-reader e-book price tag of €9.99.
More on ‘Liberation Day’!