Today we’re at ‘C’ for ‘cibo’ (food).
It won’t be a surprise if I tell you that, in Italy, what’s for dinner is definitely everyone’s favourite subject.
A standard piece of advice for English teachers here, who might be worrying about whether the material they’ve planned for their class will be sufficient, is “Ask them about food!”
It never fails.
The ensuing conversation is guaranteed to take care of the rest of the lesson, no matter how long it might last.
I’ve used the same approach on long sailing trips when the wind has fallen.
“Who’s got a recipe for spaghetti alla carbonara?”
All of my (Italian) crew mates have, of course.
And each recipe is slightly different…
Anyway, back to the order of the day.
I have another spruced up, recycled Italian vocabulary lesson for you.
This one has a list of food words, three interactive exercises, and a review of definite articles, (which are very confusing in Italian, as I’m sure you know.)
If you want to get right on it, here’s the link:
But perhaps you were wondering about the title of this article?
Well, it’s me.
I just can’t pronounce the Italian ‘r’ sound, as at the beginning of ‘razzle’ or ‘Roger’.
Many people have tried to teach me, but without success.
I’m a hopeless case, it seems.
To be fair, not all Italians can do this phoneme, either.
But no one gives me a break on that account
So when, at Sunday lunch, I announce that the second course will be ‘carni arrosti‘ (roast meats), my pronunciation trips me up.
Our guests’ horrifed expressions confirm that what they’ve understood is ‘cani‘ arrosti.
Woof, woof, sizzle.
Monday, we’ll be publishing a new easy reader on ‘Leonardo’.
The level is B2, it comes with audio, and it’s pretty good.
Watch this space for details.
And look out for the -25% launch offer!