July 24th, 2016
Pat Gowdy wrote asking for help with a childhood rhyme from Italy. Here’s the email: I used to recite a “poem” when I was a little kid, taught to me by my uncle who was born in Italy, in the Piedmont area near Asti, but came to California with his parents and siblings when he […]
July 30th, 2015
Most people associate summer with occasional lightening storms. We found this wonderful Italian poem called Temporale Estivo - "Summer Lightening Storm" . It was written by Federigo Tozzi (1883-1920). Below you can listen to a recording of the poem while reading along with the Italian text, and an English translation. MP3 Recording of Temporale Estivo […]
October 6th, 2011
Pioggia is an Italian poem about rain by Giovanni Pascoli (1855 – 1912). Below you can listen to a recording, follow along in the original Italian and then read an English translation of the poem. First a note about the illustration, in English we say “It’s raining cats and dogs” when it’s raining very hard. […]
November 21st, 2010
Here’s another cat poem for you feline lovers. It was written in Italian by Giovanni Pascoli (1855 – 1912). Below you can listen to it on a YouTube video, follow along in Italian and then read the English translation. Enjoy! La gatta Era una gatta, assai trita, e non era d’alcuno, e, vecchia, aveva un […]
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