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Chapter 64: Oche farcite (Geese stuffing)

My readers might be expecting a small treatise on the stuffing of geese in the Mezzogiorno, but we Calabresi don’t stuff geese. The new geese stuffers are language textbook publishers. For decades, they have been stuffing our ganders with the … Continue reading

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Chapter 63: Imperfetto vs. passato prossimo

It’s Saturday morning. November has just passed. An unexpected rain in San Diego has freshened the air. Next week is the last week of the semester and my Italian 100A students got stuck with a huge nut to crack: learn … Continue reading

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Chapter 62: Lysistrata and Italian gender issues

Gender is the bane of every American student of Italian, and French, and Spanish, and Portuguese, and especially German. Nouns in these languages are either masculine or feminine. In German, add neuter to other two. Gender makes no sense to … Continue reading

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Chapter 61: 88

Two people won over $574 million in the Powerball Lottery this morning. I wasn’t one of them; neither were any of my Italian 100A students. I told my students about another lottery, one that I was intimately involved in back … Continue reading

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Chapter 29: Proposition 8

The 2012 presidential election is over. Obama won, Romney lost. Thank God! Despite the great news in congressional and senate races, my soul still aches for an election issue that crushed me during the 2008 election: Proposition 8. Proposition 8 … Continue reading

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Chapter 60: Sepolcri

Sepolcri in Italian means tombs as in cemetery tombs. When I returned to Miglierina in April 2001, accompanied by my uncles and aunts, one of the first places the mayor showed us was Miglierina’s cemetery, located near the town’s summit. … Continue reading

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Chapter 59: “You belong to the city!” –Glenn Frey

“You belong to the city,” Glenn Frey’s single hit in the 1980s, best describes the “sad” state of employees of the city of Chicago as Chicago requires that all employees live within the city’s limits. So what percentage of city … Continue reading

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