la tovaglietta

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Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun, la tovaglietta, which means placematThis is a often decorative piece of plastic, cloth or other material on which your place setting is put. See the noun used below in its context:

Ho deciso che per la prossima casa comprerò delle tovagliette: sono più comode di una tovaglia grande perché ognuno può usare la sua. Inoltre sono più piccole e, quindi, si puliscono meglio e più in fretta di una tovaglia grande.

I decided that for the next house I will buy some placemats: they are more convenient than a large tablecloth because each person can use his own. In addition, they are smaller, and, therefore, they clean better and quicker than a large tablecloth.

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News & Updates:

: We have three new publications coming out in the next couple of weeksThe first one will be a companion guide to “Il vero italiano” that will feature exercises for practicing the grammar presented in the book. The second one will be a guide to the subjunctive that we hope you will enjoy: it will feature chapters on why the subjunctive is used, how it is used, and when to use it. The third book will be called “Il vero italiano 2” and will be an ebook for the iPad/Mac (and possibly a paperback with a CD or the ability to download the audio files) on improving your Italian pronunciation. A friend of mine is a specialist in Italian diction, and he has been helping me to improve my pronunciation, and we are putting together an interactive ebook so that people can practice their pronunciation and better understand the rules of pronunciation!

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