Italian Word of the Week from Gemelli Press: Arrangiarsi

Gemelli Press has a great new weekly series featuring a new Italian word every week. Here’s an excerpt from their first entry. Well done Gemelli! ARRANGIARSI [ahr-rahn-JAHR-see]:  TO ARRANGE ONESELF This is one of Italian’s famous reflexive verbs, so “si arrangia”means “she arranges herself” or “he arranges himself.” OK, minds out of the gutter. That…

I before E…. except after C

This is a rhyme all of us learned in school when studying grammar.  Not too hard to learn and it pretty much holds true.  Receive. Perceive. Believe. Yes. It works.  Enter, the Italian language.  So many  grammar rules with so many exceptions. It goes on and on. Makes me dizzy trying to understand the rule,…

Mondays at the Marketplace

A couple of years ago I became interested in learning about my Italian ancestors.  With Bavetta being the family name, I set out to find them in Sicily.  This has proven to be more difficult than I thought.  So I built a webpage Bavettas.com and started building a family tree – thinking I could figure…

Too Much Tuscan Sun….is there such a thing?

Today I read “Too Much Tuscan Sun – Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide.”  Through this book I fell in love with the Chianti countryside, from the violence of the rainstorms to the bumpy roads leading to abandoned farmhouses to the three hour lunches. I could taste, smell and feel it all.  The book is…