Category Archives: English

The Bridge that Spans Centuries

The Morandi Bridge in Genova collapsed in 2018, about 50 years after it was built.  Bridges, roads, and other infrastructure throughout Italy and the United States are in dire need of repair.  One bridge that was conceived more than 5 … Continue reading

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“We’re all in the same boat”

The starting cannon fired.  The smoke cleared.  Nothing happened. From a distance they resembled a long mountain range of snow-capped peaks.  Up close they were more than 2,600 becalmed sailboats.  Eventually some of the professional crews sailing state-of-the-art ships captured … Continue reading

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At the forefront of climate change education

The 2019 word of the year is “climate emergency,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The term is defined as “a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it.”  And Italy is doing something … Continue reading

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Lighting a Candle

The Church of San Giacomo in Chioggia (the Veneto) is the first in Italy to install a point-of-sale (POS) device in its inner sanctum.  Inspired by a precedent in Sweden, installation of the electronic station enables the faithful to use … Continue reading

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The evolution of the straw

In the beginning, straws were actually made of straw…well, actually rye grass.  Then, in the 1880s, a resident of Washington, DC, decided he didn’t like the residue that the straw left in his mint julep.  So he made his own … Continue reading

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English expressions that confound Italians

Idiomatic expressions can be difficult for students of any language; they can be confusing, confounding, and simple to mess up, sometimes with funny or embarrassing results.  Here are several English expressions that cannot be translated into Italian with the same … Continue reading

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The homeless mentally ill

The conference room in Trieste fell silent.  Attendees couldn’t believe their eyes.  On the big screen were photos of Hollywood residents living in the street, huddled under blankets and covered with grime.  Their mental and addiction problems were evident.  The … Continue reading

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