Back in the early days of OnlineItalianClub.com, we had an ever-changing team of interns working on the club website.
In the beginning. as I recall, they were ably-lead by Daniele, who had piercings in parts of his face that made me wince.
Besides managing his team, Daniele also put together ‘The Tenses You Need To Speak Italian‘ and our ‘Italian Workout‘ series of self-study workbooks, based on their output. All have been best sellers, and helped to keep the club open.
Later came another intern intern manager, Anita.
She brightened up the place with her dyed-red hair, while making everything hum with activity. Anita had a knack for getting things done, and rarely needed to be told anything twice, a valuable quality indeed!
As the Italian economy was in dire straits at the time (global crisis, terrorism), which accounted for the abundant supply of interns, I was doing a lot of teaching.
Fortunately, both Daniele and Anita were talented young managers, so I could mostly leave them to it.
As for the other interns who came and went in that period, some I remember fondly, others with a degree of horror, and many – not at all.
And so it is with the author of today’s free Italian vocabulary exercise, a certain Marta.
As I was reformatting the page this morning, and tidying up the English translation of the Italian introductory text (Daniele’s English style was unmistakable), I kept trying to picture her.
Nevertheless, the exercise she wrote stands out for its quality.
The level, according to the interns, is A2/B1 and I guess that’s about right.
That said, it’s quite text-heavy.
So if you’re not into reading and looking stuff up, be aware.
The topic is ‘Italian expressions with bocca/mouth‘.
Typically about three thousand people will click that link today.
So Marta, wherever you now are, know that your work is still helping people all over the world learn Italian.
Near our Italian school in Bologna there’s a cheap-ish lunch place aimed at local office workers.
I think it’s run by a couple. He’s the cook, she smiles and serves.
I’ve been there several times over the years, including at least once for our staff Christmas lunch (wine flowed that day…)
But until now, I didn’t ‘get’ the significance of the name, BoccaBuona.
Check out the exercise to see what I mean.