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Ciao a tutti!

First, I want to thank everyone for all the feedback on our latest language guide on Italian prepositions! Don’t forget that the exercise guide will be available soon – we are finishing it up as we speak!

Second, I want to announce a new eBook Subscription Program for our new language guide series “Piccole Guide”! 

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This subscription costs $21.99 USD and will entitle all subscribers to all future Piccole Guide eBooks (via pdf files): that’s a savings of over $50.00 USD!

Subscriptions also include accompanying exercise supplements (NB: some volumes may not have exercise supplements).

We have five additional volumes planned (and most likely more). The next volume is due out in June 2017 and will be a short guide on Analisi Logica, a “logical” companion to our guide on prepositions.

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Planned future volumes and provisional release dates:

Volume 1 Exercise Supplement: Almost ready for publication

Volume 2: Analisi Logica (June 2017)

Volume 3: Pronouns (Fall/Winter 2017)

Volume 4: Vocabulary Builder I (Spring 2018)

Volume 5: Italian Verb Tenses (Summer 2018)

Volume 6: Vocabulary Builder II (Fall 2018)

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saperci fare (con qualcuno/qualcosa)

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb expression saperci fare (con), which means to know how to handle (someone/something).

See the verb expression used below:

Odio parlare con la Professoressa Mancini. La trovo difficile e insopportabile. La mia amica Elena ci sa fare con lei. Non so cosa ha detto alla professoressa ma ho una proroga di due settimana per il mio esame!

I hate talking with Professor Mancini. I find her difficult and unbearable. My friend Elena knows how to handle her. I don’t know what she said to the professor, but I have a two-week extension for my exam!

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Understanding verbs: sapere

It has been a while since we updated our Grammatica Centrale. In honor of our theme this week (April 9, 2017-April 15, 2017), we are focusing on expressions that involve the verb sapere. Sapere is irregular in the present tense:

sapere conjugated in the persent tense

Sapere means to know something, in the sense of knowing a fact.

Be careful not to confuse sapere with the verb conoscere, which means to know in the sense of being acquainted or familiar with a person or thing.

Sapere is also irregular in the passato remoto:

In Italian, when you want to say I don’t know, you say:

Non lo so.

I don’t know.

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sapere per esperienza

Ciao a tutti! We’re back with new words and a new theme! The words this week all revolve around the verb sapere!

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the expression sapere per esperienza, which means to know from experience.

See the expression used below:

Lo so per esperienza: non andare in Italia ad agosto! Il caldo è insopportabile, ci sono troppi turisti, e tutto costa di più! Vai prima di agosto o in autunno quando il tempo è meno caldo.

I know from experience: don’t go to Italy in August! The heat is unbearable, there are too many tourists, and everything costs more! Go before August or in the Fall when the weather is less hot.

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azzopparsi

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb azzopparsi, which means to become lame.

See the verb used below:

Quando il nostro gatto è stato investito da una macchina, avevo paura che si azzoppasse ma dopo un intervento dal veterinario ha recuperato e adesso riesce a camminare di nuovo!

When our cat was hit by a car, I was afraid he would become lame, but after an operation at the vet’s he recovered and now is able to walk again!

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azzimato

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the adjective azzimato, which means dressed up.

See the adjective used below:

Guarda Marco! Che azzimato che è, tutto elegante!! Va al ballo a Buckingham Palace?

Look at Marco! Look how dressed up he is, all stylish! Is he going to a ball at Buckingham Palace?

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Some important news and updates!

Updates!

  1. If you made a donation between December 1 and March 27, you should have received an email and corresponding code to download your free ebook from our storefront on Selz. This is a great platform for processing updates and changes (we might add a chapter or two to the book, and then you’ll be eligible for those updates). If you did not receive a code or email, please let me knowNote that the code is valid for 30 days. If you cannot download the book in 30 days, just contact me, and I will generate a new code for you.
  2. Coming soon will be an exercise supplement that can be downloaded from our site for free to help practice the grammar profiled in our language guide. A paperback version of the exercises will also be available for purchase.
  3. Several people expressed interest in having the ebook in the iBook Store for their iPad/iPhone/MacBook. The package was uploaded this weekend, and the ebook is now available for sale in the iBook Store.
  4. The ebook is also available on our storefront on Selz.
  5. The ebook is also available on Amazon for the Kindle Fire/Tablets and Kindle apps (we are working on a text only version for other Kindle devices).
  6. The ebook is also available from Google Play/Google Books.
  7. The paperback version has been submitted for distribution so it can be sold on sites like Amazon, B&N, and your local bookstore, but this process takes several weeks. In the meantime, you can purchase a paperback copy from our publisher Lulu Press.
  8. Lastly, I want to thank everyone for their generosity with donations and patience while we finish the guide! Parola del Giorno would not be what it is without all of you. Also, thank you for all the positive emails about the book and the few typos that a couple of users picked out. Your careful eyes are much appreciated. Also, I want to thank Angela, Mary, and Nick for volunteering to read the draft of the book and their help in making it ready for publication!
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