2016 Italian classes and events

Get ready for a great New Year!  The schedule for Jan-March 2016 is set and the offerings abound:

We started a new Italian Lite Session 1 for people who missed signing up in October.
This Session 1 will meet at the Italia in Ohio conference room 9 in Upper Arlington off Old Henderson on Tuesdays 6-7PM
($120 for 10 weeks, 1 hr/week, + $12 workbook)
Class starts Tuesday Jan 12.

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Italian Lite Session 2 follows the Oct-Dec Session 1
Same time and place as Session 1: Saturday 1-2 PM at St. John the Baptist or Sunday 4-5 PM at Bishop Watterson HS.
($120 for 10 weeks, 1 hr/week)
Classes start Saturday Jan 9 and Sunday Jan 10.

Italian Year 1 Session 2 will continue at the same time and place: Wednesdays at 6 to 8PM, Italia in Ohio conference room 9
($185 for 10 weeks, same workbook as Session 1. New! -> Avanti textbooks will be available for use during class at no-charge)
Class starts Wednesday Jan 13.

Italian Year 2 Session 2 will continue at the same time and place: Mondays at 6-8 PM, Italia in Ohio conference room 9
($185 for 10 weeks, same workbook as Session 1. New! -> Avanti textbooks will be available for use during class at no-charge)
Class starts Monday Jan 11.

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Advanced Italian will continue at the same time and place: Sundays at 5:30-7 PM, Bishop Watterson HS
($75 for 5 weeks)
Class starts Sunday Jan 10.

Viaggio Italia! Italian for Travelers is a 3 week series with tips and takeaways that would make your trip easier and more complete.
Tips on air, sea, train, and bus travel make getting around effortless and less expensive. Shopping and dining suggestions, and so much more.
($95 for three 90 minute classes) Dates TBD.

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Parliamo! conversation table meetings will continue ($35 per year).  See on-line calender for dates and locations.

Later in the year we’ll reintroduce Leggiamo! (reading club run as a language and culture class.  $60 for 4 weeks), A Spasso immersion encounters around central Ohio, and of course Cuciniamo con Samanta for the chef in all of us (all TBD).

Our Study Abroad program continues this year in association with Accademia Italiana Salerno.  This two week (June 4-18) combination of immersion classes and tours with Italian-speaking guides will ramp up your language ability while you share a great experience with adult students from around the world.  And there is an option couple days touring Rome with one of our experienced students as a guide.  Price: 1 week $1,950 (d.o.); 2 weeks $2,810 (d.o.) includes classes, tours, hotel, and many meals.  Contact us for housing and travel arrangements.  Registration is open now and limited to 12 participants.  Reserve your place now to ensure availability!

At what level are you now? Do you want to improve your Italian and have a great time doing so?

Have you registered yet?  Call or e-mail today!


Una questione di denaro

Leave it to the Milanese to clarify a matter of money!
Grazie a Giocc di Milano:

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To clarify the use of “denaro”, ”moneta” and “soldi”:

(il) “denaro” e (i) “soldi” mean the same thing, i.e. “money”, where the latter form is far more frequently used and colloquial while the former is more formal. “Denaro” is only used in the singular form; the plural form indicates an ancient currency (classic example: Judas betrayed Jesus for the price of “trenta denari”, thirty pieces).

“Soldi”, on the opposite, is used in plural form, while its singular form indicates a piece of coin in general sense (“mi ha regalato un soldo da collezione”), or – in a slightly different sense – a salary (“il soldo dei mercenari”, da cui deriva “soldati”, soldiers; “essere al soldo di qualcuno”, to work for someone, usually meant in a negative sense).

Finally, “Moneta” means coins, change (as opposite to “carta moneta” or “banconote”, both of which indicate paper bills), or currency (as in “European Union now shares a common currency”).

Ci vogliono molti soldi/ molto denaro per….. ma: Lui è pieno di soldi Lui ha molto denaro

Chiaro?