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Italian is my mother tongue and I'll be glad to answer any questions concerning Italian Language.

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I received my Classics (summa cum laude) from Genova University (Italy).

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2016-12-02 Use if: "fischiare le orecchie":

Dear Rich,    I think that the best translation for “Mi fischiano le orecchie” is “My ears are ringing” just to say that somebody is talking about me.We use, in fact, such an idiomatic expression to mean

2016-12-01 use of: "fare un fischio" and "fischiare":

Dear Rich,    there is a difference between  “fare un fischio” and “fischiare”, because “fischiare” (or  sometimes “fischiettare”)  is generally used to say “to whistle” as in e.g.:” Lui sta fischiando”

2016-11-30 use of "fare rumore":

Dear Rich,    yes, it is so: “Stai facendo troppo rumore” corresponds exactly to “You are making too much noise”, for “fare rumore” means “to make noise”.    See also:”Ci dispiace di aver fatto troppo

2016-11-25 "poesia" e "poema":

Dear Rich,    the first difference between the words  “poesia” and “poema” is that  we use the masculine noun “poema” to indicate  a  long poem, i.e. a long composition in verse, especially "one that is

2016-11-15 Placement of pronouns:

Dear Rich,    It is true  that when making an affirmative command,  object pronouns, double object pronouns, reflexive pronouns, the particles “ci”, and “ne” are placed before the “lei” and “loro” forms


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