How to prepare for CILS, CELI and PLIDA exams – listening

CILS, CELI and CIC exams - listening

One of the questions people ask me often is how to effectively prepare for Italian language certifications. In Exam preparation: CILS, CELI, PLIDA and CIC, I provided a list of books you can use to prepare for CILS, CELI, CIC and PLIDA. They’re good books. However, books alone can only go so far. As a result, today I want to look deeper into the sections composing cils celi and plida. I’ll start from the listening section. I’ll explain some exercises you can do to score well at the exam. LISTENING CILS, CELI and PLIDA exams have all a section dedicated…

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Six reasons to learn a foreign language

Learning a foreign language

Nowadays, studying at least a foreign language is compulsory in many school systems. However, after graduation, maybe for lack of interest, some people just decide to stop learning languages. Today I want to list some of the reasons why you should, instead, keep on studying a foreign language: 1. BETTER JOB OPPORTUNITIES Firstly, studying a foreign language may increase your possibilities of getting a job and of getting higher wages. In fact, nowadays knowing a second language is considered an extra value or a requirement by many working places – i.e. hotels, firms, schools, government. 2. MEMORY IMPROVEMENT When studying…

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Visiting Italy? A not-to-do list

They say when in Rome, do as Romans do. However, travellers know quite well that there are also some behaviors they should avoid if they don’t want to be labeled as tourists. So, for those of you visiting Italy, I’ve decided to write a brief not-to-do list: 1. Don’t use ciao to greet someone you don’t know, or in situations requiring formality. Use buongiorno (good morning) or buonasera (good evening), instead. 2. If you’re invited to someone’s home, don’t bring chrysanthemums as a gift. These flowers symbolize death in Italy. 3. Don’t do this gesture. This means cornuto (your wife…

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Eight common stereotypes about Italians

Every country has some stereotypes about other countries and their citizens. And it’s said that each stereotype contains at least a grain of truth. So, in today’s article I want to focus on eight of the most common stereotypes about Italians, and give you my opinion about them. 1. ITALIANS GESTURE A LOT That’s true. We generally use gestures to emphasize what we’re saying. In Italy gestures are considered an important non verbal language. We have gestures to indicate that we’re hungry, thirsty, bored, and so on. So, if you want to fully understand Italians, gestures are definitely something that…

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Italian comparative – comparativo di minoranza e uguaglianza

In a past article I introduced the Italian comparative, talking about the comparative of superiority – il comparativo di maggioranza. Today, I explain instead the formation rules of the Italian comparative of minority and equality – il comparativo di minoranza e uguaglianza. COMPARATIVO DI MINORANZA – EXPRESSING MINORITY FORMATION To express minority Italian uses the same rules as those applied to express superiority but it replaces the word più with meno. 1ST TERM OF COMPARISON + VERB + MENO + ADJECTIVE + DI + 2ND TERM OF COMPARISON Examples: Lucia è meno intelligente di Angela –> Lucia is less bright…

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