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A New Interest – but for how long?

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Late Sunday night, for some unknown reason, I bought a crossword puzzle app for my iPad.  I’ve no idea what brought this on, because I’ve always been hopeless at doing crossword puzzles and I’ve therefore had no interest in them. The thing is that I’m having a fresh look at crosswords now that I have an iPad and iPhone that …

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Learning Italian 10

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The purpose of my post titled Learning Italian 9 was to review my progress over the past seven months in trying to casually pick up some Italian. I was very surprised to find three effects that I didn’t expect from my decision to find out how much Italian I could pick in a year. The 4th unexpected effect, which I …

Learning Italian 9

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It’s now more than seven months since I decided on 31 December 2009 to see how much of the Italian language I could pick up in a year without any formal training or serious study, but spending a few minutes each day with a new word from the desk calendar I bought. So, with more than half the year gone …

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Learning Italian 8

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The thumbnail picture for this post on my blog home page is a beautiful view of Florence at sunset.  I’ve never been to Italy, but I did fly over it on my way home from London in 1993.  And in my childhood, from age 5 to 8, I grew up in Mount Gambier, South Australia, with an Italian prisoner of …

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Learning Italian 7

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On Sunday afternoon I followed up one the suggestions in my books, which Ralph also gave a week or two ago, and I looked at an Italian newspaper online.  I did a Google search to find Italian newspapers and chose Corriere Della Sera.it online. It wasn’t very interesting so I decided to have a look at the motoring section.  I was instantly …

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Learning Italian 6

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It’s only last Thursday that I drove to Chadstone shopping centre – the biggest in the Southern hemisphere – to buy the Italian for Dummies Audio Set. It’s an audio course with 3 CDs and a small 96 page book that you can follow along with the CDs to see in print the words you are hearing, and repeating.  I’ve …