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Loving Latin

 

Have you ever wondered just how far your language GCSE will get you in the wild? I set out to road-test my dusty Spanish…

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Plurals of nouns

Most words which have come into English from Italian form their plurals with an -s, as if they were English words. For example, the Italian plural of cappuccino is cappuccini, but when the word is used in English, its plural form is cappuccinos. Here are some more examples...

Palabra del día libretto
Pronunciación: lɪˈbrɛtəʊ
noun
the text of an opera…

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Cita de la semana

“Fantasy is like jam: you have to spread it on a solid piece of bread.”

Italo Calvino

(1923–85)

Italian novelist and short story writer

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When in Rome… read some place name idioms

 

We recently looked at people’s names in common expressions, and now it’s the turn of place names. Why do certain locations…