Sorry I’m later today.
I’ve just got off a plane from Edinburgh (nice and sunny) to Cornwall (low cloud and drizzle.)
What a lovely city Edinburgh is!
‘Mille grazie’ to the club members who wrote with suggestions regarding what I should see and eat.
It was appreciated.
My (Italian) wife liked the place so much she’d like to move there.
Although she says that about everywhere we go…
Sadly, there are no Cornish pasties in Edinburgh.
Though I did have a ‘Braveheart burger’.
Apart from the meat patty itself, there was a slice of haggis (sheep’s offal) and a slice of black pudding (blood sausage).
Both were surprisingly good.
I figured that the unusual ingredients would explain the name:
Scotland + beef + haggis + black pudding = ‘Braveheart burger’
Well it’s obvious, isn’t it?
But then I was reminded of the awful fate of ‘Braveheart’, William Wallace.
A rebel leader, he was captured by the English and disembowled, before being exectuted.
Might that explain the connection with blood and offal?
I didn’t let the idea put me off my lunch.
Anyway, all this jetting about the globe, and high-protein diets – it’s not very ecologically-friendly, is it?
Which brings me to today’s free Italian listening: Una vita eco-sostenibile
This one is advanced, but as the topic is a familiar one, it should be possible for most of you to have a stab at it (sorry, William.)
If you’re just starting out with Italian, read the transcript first, then listen.
Go back and forth between the two, figuring out the meaning and trying to link the text and the sounds.
Practice makes perfect.
And ‘level’ is, after all, an artifical concept.
There’s no reason you should limit your listening practice to tracks which are intended for your current stage of learning.
The opposite, in fact.
Getting used to managing uncertainty, guessing at meanings, both are great preparation for real life listening comprehension situations!
So, ready to do some work?
Click this link to get started on the club website:
The word ‘mica’ in the title of this article is very colloquial.
My wife says it’s not OK.
My daughter says it is.
Take your pick.
There’s an explanation of ‘mica’ here.