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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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Over 25 years teaching experience.


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

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2016-10-21 use of "suonare":

Dear Rich,    the verb “suonare”, which can be either transitive or intransitive depending on the context,  is used correctly in the sentences that you’ve mentioned.    With  regard to “suonare” used as

2016-10-20 "poesia":

Dear Rich,    the Italian feminine noun  “poesia” is just used to express both the English nouns  “poem” and “poetry”.    As for the “oe”  and the  “ia” in “poesìa”, they both are  an “iato” because “o”

2016-10-16 use of "pennello" vs the use of "spazzola":

Dear Rich,    the masculine noun “pennello”  cannot be used to say “brush” in general, i.e. “spazzola” in Italian, but it is  used  when referring to a “paintbrush”, to a “bristle brush”(pennello di setole)

2016-10-14 use of: rilassarsi e rilassare:

Dear Rich,    good, keep it up! What you wrote  in regards to the use of the reflexive verb “rilassarsi”, the intransitive pronominal verb “rilassarsi”, and the transitive verb “rilassare” is correct and

2016-10-10 translation:

Dear Rich,    I think that the best translation would be the following:“In a similar way, the English expression “heads or tails” (literally, ‘teste o code’) probably derives from the 10 pence sterling


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