Dialogue at the STADIUM: Words, Verbs and Expressions to TALK ABOUT FOOTBALL!

Of all team sports, football -or soccer- is definitely the most popular one in Italy. So, it’s not unusual that going to the stadium or watching the match on TV are extremely popular social activities in the Bel Paese – if you get invited to either these activities, I suggest you go to learn more about Italian culture. Going to the stadium is, without a doubt, one of those activities you must do at least once in your lifetime…even if you don’t like football! Obviously, it’s important to understand what people are talking about, and to be able to give your opinion in a comprehensible way. So, in this article we will go to the stadium, and we will show how to use the most common Italian words and expressions to TALK ABOUT FOOTBALL.

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10 INCREDIBLE Places you MUST See in TURIN

Turin is the capital city of Piedmont, and its history can be traced back through 2000 years – it even was the first Italian capital from 1861 to 1865. It has many names, such as “la città dei quattro fiumi” (“the city of four rivers“, because it’s localized in a plain surrounded by Stura, Sangone and Po rivers with also the Dora Riparia flowing close to its historical center) and as “la città magica” (“the city of magic“, for being part of a triangle that involves the cities of Lyon and Prague). Among other events, it was the host city for The Universal Exposition (1911), the Winter Olympic Games (2006) and the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (2022). In terms of economic strength, it is ranked third in Italy, after Milan and Rome. So, as you can tell, Turin is an Italian city steeped in history and in art – it’s a city that you cannot not know, especially if you study the local language and culture! If you would like to visit it, or you simply want to know something more about it, stay with us to find out what the top 10 places to visit in this city are!

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Italian EXPRESSIONS derived from GREEK MITOLOGY

In this article we will talk about Greek mythology! No, we will not talk about Ulysses, Aeneas, or Achilles – we’re still focusing on the Italian language, but in this article, we will see how Greek mythology has influenced it. In case you didn’t know, there plenty of idiomatic expressions that we use daily that have originated right from the tales of ancient Greek characters and heroes, the kind of stories we hear in school.

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CONSECUTIO TEMPORUM TEST to assess your level of knowledge of Italian

One of the most difficult topics in Italian grammar is the «consecutio temporum», also called «concordance of tenses». It is very complex because there are so many rules, so in this video I am going to give you a TEST on this topic. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, or if you still feel uncomfortable and want to brush up on the theory before taking the test, watch the lesson explaining the consecutio temporum first and then come back here!

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