It’s been snowing here in Bologna this morning, though it didn’t settle.
But what a start to the week, eh?
Thank goodness Pasqua (Easter) is nearly on us…
Also this morning, I’ve actually learnt some Italian!
‘Dare da mangiare al cane’ is a riot of improbable prepositions that means ‘Feed the dog’.
Typical of Italians to need five words to communicate what English-speakers can manage in three.
This revelation came about as I was formatting and proof-reading some new material prepared by Marika, an Italian teacher who lives in the south of England.
Back at ‘Natale’ I commissioned a new series of materials from her. She’s now come up with the first ten.
The idea behind the series is that each ‘lesson’ should focus on just the one word.
You get the grammar of the word, its typical uses, and some idiomatic expressions.
Marika has chosen really basic words that most of us should already know, but then built on each to create what I think is a valuable piece of study material, complete with audio!
Today’s lesson is ‘Il cane‘ (The dog).
You know what a dog is, right?
But take a look!
Oh, and Marika and I would appreciate your feedback.
Given that this is a new format, it would be good to hear what you like, what you don’t like, what works well, anything that is confusing, and so on.
Leaving a comment on this article is the best way to give us feedback, given that I’m here in Italy and she’s in the UK.
I have nine more nouns to publish, one at a time, over the next few weeks.
And then, maybe, she can do some verbs, or adjectives or something…
Buono studio, allora!