Here in Italy, we have a wealth of weird and wonderful idiomatic expressions. These expressions tend not to follow the logic of certain rules that you may have learned. Farcela is a classic example. Farcela (to be able/to manage) is used very frequently in everyday Italian, so it’s important to learn how to use it in its most common conjugations. As you can probably guess, farcela is based on the verb fare (to make/to do), the  ‘ce’ and ‘la’ having no particular significance apart from Read more [...]

Transitive And Intransitive Verbs Quiz Solutions

Well done all of you who had a go at our quiz on Transitive And Intransitive Verbs you did really well! We asked you to insert the correct auxiliary verb followed by the past participle of the main verb into the incomplete sentences below. Let’s see how you got on. Mimì si riposa sulla valigia di Serena – Mimì si è riposata sulla valigia di Serena. presente: la mamma fa gli spaghetti alla carbonara (mother is making spaghetti carbonara) passato prossimo: la mamma ha fatto gli spaghetti alla Read more [...]

Does Time Have a Point?

One of the most common phrases you’ll hear in English is, “At this point in time.” What does it actually mean? Is it grammatically correct, or is there a better way of saying it? I’m not here to discuss the physics of time, or theories (real and fanciful) related to spacetime continuums and all that wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff. It’s just that, for years, I’ve been irritated by the pervasive use, and misuse, of a phrase which I’ve always felt isn’t exactly proper. At the risk Read more [...]

The Devil in Development

By Sushmita S. PreethaAug 5 2016 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh)The word “development” – eliciting as it does grandiloquent notions of progress – has become, at least in Bangladesh, something of a red herring. It is used as a catch-all phrase to justify just about anything — from eviction of slum-dwellers to make way for high-rise housing projects to forceful grabbing of ancestral lands to build eco-parks and tourism spots, from rampant deforestation of our woodlands to unapologetic pollution Read more [...]

Adam Peaty: I perform better under pressure

When you’re heading onto an Olympic games as probably one of your county’s best hopes of a gold medal, the pressure is undoubtedly intense. But in the case of Adam Peaty it’s a pressure he carries lightly on his not inconsiderable shoulders. With a shrug of those he remarks “I perform better under pressure, I perform better in the great atmosphere, and when the crowd is cheering your name I perform 100% better.” That’s a useful trait to have in the cauldron of Olympic competition but Read more [...]

Phantoms Home Opener Set For Saturday, October 15

Taking Group Deposits Now! June 16, 2016 Lehigh Valley, PA – Let the countdown begin. The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, proud AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, are excited to announce the team’s home opener for their highly-anticipated third season at PPL Center is set for Saturday, October 15, 2016. That means another thrilling regular season of Phantoms hockey action in the Lehigh Valley is just 120 days away! “The Home Opener is always a special night,” said Phantoms Executive Vice President Read more [...]