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http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170621-how-italian-became-the-language-of-love

Let’s hear it for Dante & Petrarch.

 

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Idioms & Collocations: Colours

Do you have a blue sky dream?

It was Millennium Eve December 31st 1999. Several of us were musing about where we might be in 10 years’ time. I hadn’t given it much thought, but chipped in that I would perhaps like to live abroad again, having spent an enjoyable year in Lausanne back in the 70s. And so it came about: 10 years or so later, we moved to Puglia in Southern Italy. That was my “Blue Sky Dream.”

I am now using this as a lesson intro: “What’s your blue sky dream?”. The lesson then develops  into a discussion about other idioms using colours. I am not a fan of prescriptive lesson plans; I much prefer a student led lesson based loosely around my prompts. Here is my list of “colour idioms” which I dip into at regular intervals.

  • Black & white
  • A black hole; a black look, blacklisted, in the black, Black Friday
  • As white as a sheet,
  • Purple with rage, to hit a purple patch
  • A red rag to a bull, a red line, to turn red/red faced, in the red, a red letter day, a redneck
  • Feeling blue, blue sky dreams, once in a blue moon
  • Green with envy, a green-eyed monster, to give the green light to, green (inexperienced)
  • Browned off, a brown study
  • In the pink
  • To have a heart of gold
  • Every cloud has a silver lining
  • Incandescent
  • Rainbow alliance

Elena Ferrante: ‘Anonymity lets me concentrate exclusively on writing’

Elena Ferrante is one of the most talked about novelists of recent years, with her biographical stories set in Naples – yet no one has ever met her. Deborah Orr talks to the enigmatic author, in an extract from the latest issue of the Gentlewoman

Source: Elena Ferrante: ‘Anonymity lets me concentrate exclusively on writing’

El salón de mi casa

Tengo un salón grande en el primer piso. A la derecha de la puerta hay un sofa pequeño y un lámparo. A la izquierda hay un estantería y una televisión. Entre la estantería y la televisión está una estufa de leña. Enfrente de la televisión está un sofá grande y una albufera vieja. Al lado del sofá grande está una mesita de café. Enfrente de la puerta están dos ventanas grandes.

Necesito un apartamento

Example:
Necesito un apartamento para dos personas. Tiene que estar cerca del centro y en una zona tranquila. Necesito dos habitaciones y una cocina equipada. Tiene que tener ascensor y aire acondicionado. Debe ser barato porque no tengo mucho dinero.
Answer:
Quiero una grande casa con jardín para me y mi esposa, en Cadaques. Nosotros somos artistas, por eso tiene que la casa es muy luminosa y cerca la playa con vistas panoramicas. Necesito cuatro dormitorios y un taller donde puedo producir muchas obras de arte famosas.