I love Christmas-who doesn't?! The celebrations, the preparations and the merry-making that comes with this end of the year festivity have roots far earlier than European Christianity. It is believed that ancient Romans celebrated the winter solstice by decorating evergreen trees (symbolic of the spring to follow winter) with garlands of laurel and candles. The Scandinavians decorated their evergreen trees with apples. There are so many symbols associated with Chrstmas time that I decided to make a list. Having said that, I raise my cyber glass to you and toast this beautiful end of the year holiday.
Today I offer Christmas vocabulary words for my students of Italian:
Buon Natale, la vigilia di Natale, Buone Feste, Babbo Natale, la stella, la lista, gli ornamenti
la corona dell'avvento
il calendario dell'avvento
il ceppo di Natale
il giocattolo il pupazzo di neve
il bambino Gesu', la vigilia di San Silvestro, il Capodanno, la Befana, l'Epifania
Gardening is one of my favorite pastimes; growing fruit, vegetables and flowers and herbs to eat is so satisfying to me. This is my prize girasole. It grew over 10 feet tall and the flower head was almost 36 inches.
our organic garden
Gardening is really universal, but it is so Italian! I hardly know any Italians that don't have an "orto" out in back or right in front of their house instead of silly grass.
L'orto domestico is the word for "kitchen garden". L'ortaggio is used to describe the vegetable. With Spring (la primavera) fleeting by and Summer (l'estate) grasping for air (l'aria) and sun (il sole), this month's vocabulary building will focus on the garden (l'orto). Here are some pictures of il mio orto!
i pomodori bio
Aromatic herbs are divine for cooking! Here are some of my favorites
il mazzolino d'erbe
These are my favorite medicinal herbs for making le tisane (herb teas).
la camomila ungarese
la lavanda francese
I love summer and I especially love my garden. Fate una buona estate!
A new year brings hope for change. We measure time, space and seasons with words to describe change. How about if we add new vocabulary words to this new year of change.This "new year post" will focus on the months, the days, the seasons and the Western astrological signs.I hope you enjoy adding these words to your expanded vocabulary!
gennaio febbraio marzo aprile maggio giugno luglio agosto settembre ottobre novembre dicembre
The months of the year are not capitalized and no article is necessary.