A former student

The Gran Premio d’Italia took place today at the Mugello circuit, 20 minutes drive from Florence. In Moto2, former Scuola Toscana student Tom Luethi, from Switzerland, arrived at the 4th place, after the first two laps in the lead.

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Tom Luethi, with n.12, 3rd after Zarco and Baldassarri

It is not that Tom Luethi’s ability has to do with the fact that he learned Italian at Scuola Toscana, but just to let you know that we are proud of our students ..!

Marathon Square

Florentines seem to be really passionate about city competitive walks, marathons, half-marathons and the like. As soon as spring arrives, almost every Sunday there is some competition open to all, amateurs and professionals. It must be said that, if it is true that Italian do not excel in organizing (more serious) things,  these events are organized perfectly, with off-limits roads, closed parkings, fenced sidewalks, cancellation of buses etc. – everything for the event to go smoothly.
For those who are not participating, that’s their problem.
I do not know why, but “our” square of Santa Croce is regularly chosen as the starting point and final goal for all these races (did not we have a stadium?)

As for those of us who use to work in the area on Sundays – sorry, this is not contemplated, it is a great festival of sport and everyone has to make party: now there is even a disc-jockey who starts babbling at 8.30 AM (for the few remaining inhabitants of the center, who maybe would like to sleep on Sunday morning, who cares).

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Well, the show is beautiful, as you can see from the photos but … Sunday being the only day the center is open to traffic, we at Scuola Toscana use it not only to do our preparation work, but also to make our small deliveries  (bulky rubbish, old furniture, some supplies), … but during the marathon season – forget it. The area is only reachable by walk, and with some effort… We have to keep at school all the old stuff, until next winter comes..!

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Come si scrive? I dubbi più comuni dell’italiano- Parte II

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Nell’articolo precedente vi avevo parlato di alcuni dei dubbi più comuni sull’ortografia di alcune parole italiane che spesso assillano studenti e madrelingua.

Come promesso, ecco a voi la seconda notes-514998_640parte dell’articolo.

SI SCRIVE STACCATO O ATTACCATO?

  • Tanto meno o tantomeno?

Questo avverbio si può scrivere in entrambi i modi anche se la grafia unita è la più comune soprattutto quando si usa come sinonimo di “a maggior ragione”, “soprattutto”.

  • Per lo meno o perlomeno?

Avverbio con significato di “almeno”, “come minimo”.

Sono ammesse e corrette le due forme ortografiche.

  • Quanto meno o quantomeno?

Stessa cosa per quantomeno o quanto meno (sinonimi di “perlomeno”). Si può scrivere attaccato o staccato.

  • Pertanto o per tanto?

Si scrive sempre unito. È un connettivo testuale sinonimo di “perciò”, “quindi”, “dunque”.

  • Affianco o a fianco?

Qui bisogna stare attenti al significato.

Affianco, scritto tutto unito, è la prima persona singolare del verbo “affiancare” mentre…

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Tool of the trade

We are not high-tech fanatics at Scuola Toscana, we are really convinced that the human being is at the centre of the teaching/learning experience and you do not need much more, therefore we invest a lot in teachers, in their improvement and in their well-being – not so much in technical items.

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Anyway, whiteboards are basic tools of the trade for a school of Italian, while you can deliver a good lesson even without any support, just with your voice and your teaching skills, a piece of something where you can write down some words helps a lot. And the mood of the teachers (and of the students as well) improves a lot when they can write on a new, smooth, ample surface, like this.

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A checkered surface, where you can even study chess problems…

Thi is the second board we replace this year, and the biggest, (2mt x 1mt). This one comes from an Italian firm, Ligra, and the specs say : “magnetic matt white enamel / enamel steel whiteboard processed at 800 ° ideal for the screening, it can also be used for writing with felt pens , erasable with umid cloth” – which -if true – would be a fantastic gift for your director, as these boards become very hard to be cleaned over time… let’see !

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Storia di una canzone – Bella ciao

One day late…. sorry !

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Oggi, 25 aprile, in Italia si celebra la festa della Liberazione.

Per noi italiani è un giorno molto significativo e importante da ricordare perché celebra l’anniversario della vittoria dei partigiani* contro il governo fascista e l’occupazione dei nazisti, durante la seconda guerra mondiale.

In ogni città italiana, ogni anno, si festeggia questo giorno con manifestazioni, concerti di musica e dibattiti in piazza per ricordare a tutti il significato della parola “libertà“.
Una delle canzoni più diffuse in questo giorno di festa è il celebre canto popolare “Bella Ciao“, diventato ormai famoso in tutto il mondo. Pare che questa canzone fosse cantata durante la Resistenza italiana proprio dai partigiani che lottavano contro i nazisti, “gli invasori”.

Sembra anche che la musica non l’avessero inventata loro, ma che il pezzo derivi da una canzone yiddish.

Una cosa è però certa: con il movimento del Sessantotto, il brano è diventato molto popolare, soprattutto…

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Der Lerner hat das Wort: Birgit Schultz – Marketingberaterin bei “Rat & Tat Marketing”

… and always something for our German speaking students !

Erfolgreiches Sprachenlernen

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Ab sofort gibt es auf meinem Blog eine neue Rubrik: Der Lerner hat das Wort. Einmal pro Monat berichtet ein Sprachlerner von seinen Erfahrungen, gibt dir Tipps, empfiehlt dir Materialien und erzählt dir von seiner persönlichen Lernreise. Du erfährst vieles über die Person selbst – und heute macht den Anfang …

Birgit Schultz

Birgit habe ich über Facebook kennengelernt. Sie ist Marketingberaterin und lernt …

… das erfährst du alles im Interview! Viel Spaß beim Lesen!

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