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December 16, 2012

Fly: A song for Sandy Hook Elementary

Fly, fly precious one Your endless journey has begun Take your gentle happiness Far too beautiful for this I’m a secret Celine Dion fan. There I’ve said it. It’s not a secret anymore. I used to listen to her obsessively in the late 90’s, after my first big heartbreak and again after the death of […]

December 7, 2012

Oh la la! My Favourite French Cinema

Vive la France! – the birthplace of cinema and the 3rd largest film market in admissions and revenue in the world; its films are often overlooked by the brain-candy fed leaders, the United States. Contrary to much of American cinema (the word cinema seems to overstate the quality of films coming from state-side), French cinema is wonderfully […]

July 15, 2012

Language is a Bridge

A Brief History of Italian Language & Gestures As a follow-up to the previous lesson explaining the various Italian hand gestures, Mr Bernardoni gives a lesson on the history of Italian language and it’s development. Mr Andrea Bernardoni is a lawyer, author and professor of Italian language and culture at ARCA Italian School Bologna in […]

June 14, 2012

How to Speak Italian Without Saying a Word

Body language is an important part of communication; experts say non-verbal communication accounts for anywhere up to 93% of language.  While that number is high and often disputed, there is no doubt that people use their bodies to express themselves. When in Italy, it’s easy to see how body language, specifically hand gestures, are vital […]

February 6, 2012

Oh no! I’ve reached a language learning plateau!

Recently one of my clients confessed that she didn’t feel she was progressing as quickly learning French as she had hoped and expected.  This is a common problem for language learners all over the world and there are several tips to help go beyond this language learning plateau.  Read on for some brief suggestions and […]