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Italian Inspirations” è una serie di otto incontri in cui un autore britannico parla di uno scrittore italiano, classico o contemporaneo, che ammira in modo particolare. Curato e moderato da Boyd Tonkin, ogni evento sarà una conversazione alla scoperta dei modi in cui un autore legge e si confronta con i suoi illustri precursori, o con i suoi autorevoli contemporanei.

Mercoledì 6 Settembre 2017 dalle 19:00 alle 21:00 Ben Okri, che discuterà delle opere di Italo Calvino.

Ben Okri è un poeta e scrittore nigeriano. È considerato uno dei maggiori autori africani nella letteratura post-moderna e post-coloniale. Cresciuto a Londra, torna in Nigeria quando la famiglia vi si trasferisce nel 1968, per poi lasciarla nuovamente quando una borsa di studio del governo nigeriano gli permette di ottenere un posto di lettore in letterature comparate presso la Essex University.

Date and Time: Wednesday 6 September 19:00 – 21:00

Free event

Location: Italian Cultural Institute > 39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX

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On the 16 September 2017 from 10 to 12 teachers and staff from Italian Language Services at the Italian Cultural Institute  offer enrolment and assessment tests.

 

If you have studied or have learned Italian before, you can have a free assessment test in order to assess your level.

Possibility of meeting with some of the teachers to be introduced to the syllabus and the method of teaching and assessing your level plus free tester of Italian lessons.

Join us for the Open Day and enjoy a light refreshment with a guided visit to the library.

Discover more about the Institute and its Cultural events and enrol for Italian classes with £10 discount.

Please click here to reserve a place

 From 12 to 3pm Free Tester Class for Complete Beginners 

If you never studied Italian before we are giving a free tester of Italian language lessons for complete beginners plus £ 10 discount to enrol in our beginner courses.

Please click here to reserve a place

The Italian Cultural Institute is the official Italian government centre for the promotion of culture, offering a wide choice of Italian language classes.

Whether you are a beginnerintermediate or advanced, whether you want Italian for business or pleasure, we can help you perfect your language skills at a level that suits your needs, and times and days that suit your schedule.

You can keep up to date with Italian culture by taking advantage of exciting Institute events, such as films, plays, concerts, lectures, books and poetry readings, and exhibitions. 

To find more about our cultural programme, just check this website, or subscribe to our newsletter.

Our students can also use our Library, with more than 25,000 volumes, plus periodicals and a large reference section. All in a friendly, informal and lively atmosphere that is totally Italian.

Our classes are conducted in Italian and provide training in all basic communication skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – with a systematic study of grammar. Our teachers are university-qualified and native speakers. Our classrooms have video and audio equipment, as well as satellite links.

Our linguistic levels follow the new Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEF, produced by the Council of Europe. This ensures uniformity and consistency of teaching in line with other language Institutions in London and across Europe.
Check the Calendar of Italian language courses organised by the Institute and our new workshops.

Italian Language Services at the Italian Cultural Institute
39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX
Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm 
Tel 020 7823 1887
email: courses@icilondon.uk

 

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In Italian every noun has a gender and number.

A noun is used for describing a person, an animal, a place or an object. The endings change in the plural with few exceptions.

Italian nouns and adjectives can be masculine and feminine, singular and plural. They change the ending vowel according to their gender (feminine or masculine) and number (singular or plural).

Generally, singular nouns ending in -o are masculine while nouns ending in -a are feminine. In the third group some nouns ending in -e are masculine, some feminine.

maschile

femminile

singolare

cappuccino

panino

treno

vino

bambino

-o

birra

casa

donna

bottiglia

penna

-a

(m)ristorante

(m)spumante

(m)studente

(f)azione

(m)bicchiere

-e

plurale

cappuccini

panini

treni

vini

bambini

-i

birre

case

donne

bottiglie

penne

-e

ristoranti

spumanti

studenti

azioni

bicchieri

-i

Exceptions

All the Italian nouns ending with an accent, don’t change in the plural.

For example we don’t change the endings for caffè, università, tiramisù, città, società…

We also don’t change in the plural nouns that originally are not Italian, foreign words like cinema, pub, film,taxi, computer, bar

Pratica

Trasforma la lista al plurale

stazione, biglietto, cameriere, libro, bambino, amico, medico, piazza, lezione, lettera, cinema, concerto, giornale, intervista, proprietà, istituto, museo, architetto, impiegato, società, paese, fontana

Trasforma la lista al singolare

insalate, università, panini, biglietti, studenti, pizze, musei, bambine, libri, case, birre, lezioni, tiramisù, dolci

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Aggettivi

gruppo 1

gruppo 2

gruppo 3

singolare

alto

piccolo

vuoto

bello

-o

alta

piccola

vuota

bella

-a

veloce

elegante

felice

inglese

-e

plurale

alti

bassi

vuoti

belli

-i

alte

piccole

vuote

belle

-e

veloci

eleganti

felici

inglesi

-i

Usa le parole della lista e completa con gli articoli un, uno, una, un’ e concorda gli aggettivi.

  1. …. ragazzo alt…
  2. ….birra fresc..
  3. … aperitivo italian..
  4. …..macchina veloc…
  5. …. libro lung…
  6. ….cameriere simpatic..
  7. ….piazza elegant..
  8. …giornale interessant…
  9. …proprietà privat…


Continua con…

 Grammar lessons

 Verb to be and verb to have  articoli indeterminativiaggettivi

Examples and activities with the verb fare (to do)

Form and use of Present tense

I numeri italiani> Listen & repeat CLICK HERE 

Learn basic Italian phraseshow to introduce yourself 

Learn Italian with songs

 

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Scopriamo i tesori della Basilica di San Pietro e della Città del Vaticano.

Un interessantissimo documentario che ci fa scoprire i tesori di Roma come la Cupola di San Pietro, la sublime Pietà di Michelangelo, gli affreschi della Cappella Sistina e una visita notturna agli immensi giardini. Alberto Angela ci porta sulle tracce dell’anziano Michelangelo e del giovane Raffaello, scoprendo anche luoghi normalmente chiusi al pubblico come l’Archivio segreto del Vaticano, la gendarmeria e la caserma delle Guardi Svizzere.

Un documentario da non perdere per gli amanti dell’arte, dell’Italia e della lingua italiana.

Guarda i primi 15 minuti del documentario e rispondi alle domande.

Livello B2+

  1. Quando si apre la Porta Santa?
  2. Quando hanno fatto la  Porta del Filarete?
  3. Di cosa è fatta la Porta del Filarete?
  4. Quando è stato incoronato Carlo Magno?
  5. Quanti imperatori sono stati incoronati nella Basilica?
  6. Quante persone entrano nella Basilica di San Pietro ogni giorno?
  7. Quante persone entrano ogni anno?
  8. Quali sono le chiese più grandi del mondo?
  9. Quando viene aperto il cancello del sepolcro di San Pietro?

 

 

 

….going back to the old days when granny made pasta for the whole family

On Sunday 2nd of July we will start at 11.00am and we will speak Italian ..

so also a short introduction on cooking terminology will be given by the Italian teacher who will help with the vocabulary and assist during the preparation.

These cooking lessons are for everyone in a very pleasant atmosphere and as part of an informal, informative and fun day!

So………Let’s Mani in pasta!

Simona will teach you how to make pasta dough from scratch: kneading, rolling and filling to encourage your creativity and finally closing to make Cappelletti
(The filling will be already prepared because of the limited time).

And after we will enjoy what has been prepared, eating all together our Italian Cappelletti!

But no worries, there will be some for you to take home too..

By taking part in this “Pasta lesson”, participants will expand and deepen their knowledge of Italian language and food culture.

A glass of Prosecco and nibbles on arrival will welcome you

When: July 2nd from 11.00am to 3.00pm

Where: Casa Tua- Camden 176 Royal College St, London NW1 0SP

Cost: £39.90 per head which includes all the ingredients, the use of equipment, Prosecco and nibbles on arrival.

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Few places available, booking essential

Organizers: Antonio & Giuseppe

Booking required:gamoroso77@gmail.com    antonio.lucicesare@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Satyricon by Federico Fellini in Italian with English subtitles

Introduction and post screening discussion with Nick Walker

Director: Federico Fellini
Cast: Martin Potter, Hiram Keller
1969 | 2h 8 min | Drama

 

The film is loosely based on Petronius’s work Satyricon, written during the reign of the emperor Nero and set in imperial Rome. The film is divided into nine episodes, following the scholar Encolpius and his friend Ascyltus as they try to win the heart of the young boy Gitón, whom they both love, within the film’s depiction of a surreal and dreamlike Roman landscape and culture.

When: 30 June 2017

Time: from 7pm

Where: Italian Cultural Institute London

Entry: Free

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La Chiacchiera Spritz: in conversation with the author

Following the last successful conversation with Elisa, we would like to invite you for a new Italian aperitivo event with the Italian writer living in London, Gaetano Barreca, author of the novel “Dopo il funerale” .

Let’s practise Italian with this live interview: meet Gaetano, novelist and teacher of Italian, presenting this new historical book set in Puglia in autumn of 1975.

The interview will be followed by canapes, spritz & good chiacchiera (chat)in Italiano.

Let’s meet at Casa Tua Art Cafè in King’s Cross on Wednesday 14th of June at 6.30pm.

 

Aperitivo Italiano, Canapes and a good chat in Italian!

plus la riffa: Win 1 week language course at Il Sasso, Montepulciano

Where: Casa Tua, 106-108 Cromer Street WC1H 8BZ

Tube:  King’s Cross
When:  Wednesday 14th of June from 6.30pm to 10.00pm
Entry:  £ 10   (1 Spritz and Apulian typical finger food)

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Read the book before the event: click here for reviews and description 

La Chiacchiera Spritz

Organizers: Antonio & Giuseppe

Booking required:

gamoroso77@gmail.com    antonio.lucicesare@gmail.com

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Italiano camminando is a week-long course designed by Il Sasso, school of Italian in Montepulciano for those who prefer a walk in the open air to a classroom lesson.

Walking together in the Tuscan countryside (Valdichiana and the Val d’Orcia) while speaking in Italian will allow you to practice the language and understand the culture better, using the language and improving your pronunciation in an informal context, each according to their own level of competence but always with the guidance of a teacher who is attentive to the needs of everyone. The course is recommended for people with elementary to advanced levels of competence in the language, who like to walk in the country and have the capacity to accept others who speak at a level higher or lower than their own. It is not recommended for complete beginners.

How it works

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Duration: 1 week (5 days, from Monday to Friday). Hillside paths between 6 and 12 km, recommended to those who have a good physical shape and can face ups and downs. In case of rain, the outdoor walking program will be replaced in part or in whole by the “Italiano & Arte” program (www.ilsasso.com/eng/italiano-arte-at-il-sasso-language-school-in-montepulciano.html). As an alternative option, participants may switch to the traditional language courses (with consequent reduction of costs).

Day 1: Walk to Montefollonico, a small Medieval village perched on the summit of a hill between the Valdichiana and the Val d’Orcia. Departure from the school at 8:45, return at about 13:30.
Day 2: Walk to Monticchiello, a medieval village nestled in the Val d’Orcia, famous for its walls and narrow twisting lanes, as well as for the summer presentations of “Teatro Povero” (Poor Theatre). Departure from school at 8:45, return about 13:30.
Day 3: Nature Reserve of Pietraporciana. Departure from school at 8:45 with a private van to La Foce, then on foot to the reserve of Pietraporciana with a walk in the beech forest. Lunch at the Visitors Centre restaurant. Back to La Foce on foot and return to Montepulciano in the van at 16:00.

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Day 4: Free morning (weekly market). Departure from the school at 14:00, walk to the Dei Winery. Tour of the vineyards and cantina, wine tasting and light meal. Return to Montepulciano at 18:00.
Day 5: Bagno Vignoni. Departure from the school at 8:45 with a private van to Bagno Vignoni with its water-filled piazza, then on foot to the tiny hamlet of Vignoni Alto and back. Bath in the thermal pool of Val di Sole, lunch and a walk in the area of the mills. Return to Montepulciano with the van at 16:00.

Contacts

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Email: info@ilsasso.com

Phone: +39 0578 758311

Where to study Italian: Montepulciano

 

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“Italian Inspirations” is a series of eight encounters in which a prominent British or UK-based author talks about an Italian writer – either classic or contemporary – whose work they especially admire. Curated and moderated by Boyd Tonkin, each event will take the shape of an informal conversation about the ways in which writers read, and respond to, their great precursors or their distinguished contemporaries.

Guest of the first encounter will be Hanif Kureishi, discussing about Italo Svevo’s “Zeno’s Conscience” (“La coscienza di Zeno”).

Next events will follow on Wednesdays 24th May, 7th and 21st June, 6th and 20th September, 4th and 18th October. The list of guest authors wil be published soon.

Free event> book now

Date and Time: Wednesday 17 May 19:00 – 21:00

Location: Italian Cultural Institute

39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX

Hanif Kureishi was born in London to a Pakistani father and an English mother. He has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the PEN/Pinter Prize and is Commander of the Order of the British Empire. His work has been translated into thirty-six languages.Boyd Tonkin is literary critic for the Financial Times, Economist and Spectator, and former literary editor of The Independent. He was chair of the judges for the 2016 Booker Prize and is a special advisor to the Booker International Prize.

The first event of the series is organized in collaboration with the Turin International Book Fair on the occasion of “Letture ad alta voce”, a course of readings taking place in Italy and abroad celebrating the 30 years of the Turin International Book Fair.

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Michela has been teaching Italian for more than 12 years, in an Italian language school and as homestay teacher. She has taught all ages and all levels.

For the students, she is the ideal host teacher. Michela makes you discover the wonderful world of Mesagne in Puglia and above all, makes you feel part of her lovely famiglia.

Michela, your favourite words in Italian

Convivio, Condivisione, Fruscio, Garbo, Mare, Zagara, Tramontana

 What do you like to do in Mesagne

Go for a walk in the old town in the late afternoon, have an aperitivo sitting in piazza and chat with my good friends.

What do you miss from Italy, when you are abroad

The scents from the home made Apulian cuisine, which you can appreciate when you walk  at midday in town. Roast sweet peppers, fresh tomato sauce, focaccia, polpette

The must-see panorama in Puglia

After seeing trulli in Alberobello, the white city Ostuni and the queen of Baroque, Lecce go off the beaten path and head to the dunes along the Ionian coastal road on a sunny summer day and the pink lands with the flourished peach trees.

Top thing to do in Puglia

Dancing the folk dance Pizzica salentina in piazza in a small village on a typical festival of the Patron.

Funny memory

Sunday lunch with my family from 1 to 5 pm 🙂

Favourite days of the week

Thursday and Saturday, when I can visit my favourite open market in Brindisi and in Francavilla Fontana, buy shoes and get a great deal.

Negative aspects from the local community

The people skipping the queue 🙁

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What to buy before leaving Puglia

Caciocavallo, tarallini, a portrait of an old olive grove, coffee, a bottle of Riserva Negroamaro.

What do Apulians like

Invite you at the last minute  for lunch, dinner or coffee.

Italian Summer Courses 2017 @ L'acanto.it

Three unforgettable testimonials from your students @ l´Acanto

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„L’Acanto is not only about learning Italian, but also about learning about the culture of south Italy and the warmth of its citizens (Annette, UK)“

„The School is so friendly, you feel like a member of  their  Italian family! (Sandrino, Netherland)“

„With Michela each moment is lived intensively and the past is really ‘passato remoto’, (Nathalie, Belgium)

Favourite place to take your students

The town of Brindisi, along the Via Appia, and getting astonished by the beauty of its port from the top of the stairs, from which the two Roman columns dominate the view.

First memories as a teacher

On my first day as a teacher at L’Acanto,12 years ago, I decided to follow my favourite’s teachers steps. I thought of how much fun I had as a student when I was learning English through the interaction with my colleagues, singing a foreign song, writing a letter to my Scottish pen-friend, reading books, travelling abroad and speaking with the locals.

Best tips for your students

Speak Italian without fear. Make mistakes and with self revision, a good discipline and a healthy memory, learn and have fun!

Sing a song in Italian for us

Meraviglioso, ma come non ti accorgi di quanto il mondo sia meraviglioso. Ti hanno inventato il mare… ti sembra niente il sole, la vita, l´amore. Meraviglioso! (by the Apulian singer Domenico Modugno)

The best way of learning Italian? Practice in the country where it is spoken! Michela @ L’Acanto, Puglia

Where to study Italian: Mesagne, Puglia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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