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Why this episode is unique
This episode is a little different from anything else I’ve done before in that I go through some phrases that I learned/reviewed while reading the novel Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.
Besides the fact that it was an amazing story that hooked me (&made me miss Italy, as they all do), it was chock full of interesting vocabulary – la stregoneria (story of witches) – and useful vocabulary – L’inizio (the beginning).
— La pensione – small hotel
— Porto Vergogna – tiny fishing village in Northern Italy
— Vergognarsi – to feel ashamed
— Che vergogna! – What a shame!
— Il boom – economic boom
— Italianizzare – to Italianize
— La macchina/le macchine – the car/cars
— Andare a fare un giro in macchina – to go for a drive
— Bravissimo/a – Very good
— Bellissimo/a – Very beautiful
— Carissimo/a – Very dear
— Benissimo/a – Very good
— La spiaggia – beach
— Dov’è la spiaggia? – Where is the beach?
— Cinque Terre – area of Northern Italy
— Sei Terre – six lands
— Trattoria – Italian restaurant
— Per portare via – To take away (in terms of take-away food)
— Italian Pronunciation (&how to hone your accent to amazingness)