Learn Italian from Pinocchio: chapter 6, part 1

This post begins our study of chapter 6 of Le avventure di Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. Beginning with this chapter, each new post will look at larger portions of text from the book than was done in the posts pertaining to the previous chapters. I encourage you to read the entire chapter first on your own. You’ll find a link in the index where you can read … Continue reading Learn Italian from Pinocchio: chapter 6, part 1

Learn Latin from the Bible: Genesis 1, verses 9-19

In this post, we’ll study the Latin that appears in verses 9-19 of the first chapter of Liber Genesis (Book of Genesis), which cover the third and fourth days of creation. In addition to literal English translations meant to help you grasp the sense of the Latin text, I’ve also included for comparison the English text of the King James version and the Italian text … Continue reading Learn Latin from the Bible: Genesis 1, verses 9-19

Learn Italian from The Prince by Machiavelli: chapter III, part 1

Chapter III of Niccolò Machiavelli’s Il Prinicipe is entitled De’ principati misti (on [about] mixed principalities, composite principalities). Chapters I and II of Machiavelli’s treatise are short; chapter III is considerably longer. In the chapter III posts, we’ll look at much larger portions of text than in the posts pertaining to the previous chapters. In chapter III, Machiavelli begins with: De’ principati misti. Ma nel Principato nuovo consistono le … Continue reading Learn Italian from The Prince by Machiavelli: chapter III, part 1

Learn Italian from The Prince by Machiavelli: chapter II, part 2

This post completes our study of the Italian language as used in chapter 2 of Il Principe by Niccolò Machiavelli. In the portion of text we’ll consider here, Machiavelli says the rule of a hereditary prince is stable by virtue of its long-standingness, provided the prince does not make himself hated by his subjects through vice. The portion of text we’ll study here reads as follows: Noi … Continue reading Learn Italian from The Prince by Machiavelli: chapter II, part 2

Italian translation exercise number 19

Now that you’ve worked through the last three parts (part 4, part 5, part 6) of our study of chapter 5 of Carlo Collodi’s Le avventure di Pinocchio, test your ability at translating the following sentences from English to Italian, using the vocabulary you’ve encountered here. I’ve also included a few new usages for you to learn. I didn’t know how to get him to … Continue reading Italian translation exercise number 19

Learn Italian from Pinocchio: chapter 5, part 6

After his meal flies out the window on him, Pinocchio has a conniption fit and regrets not having obeyed his babbo. In this post, which concludes our study of chapter 5 of Le avventure di Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, we’ll consider the remaining portion of text: Ciò detto, distese le ali, e, infilata la finestra che era aperta, se ne volò via a perdita d’occhio. Il povero … Continue reading Learn Italian from Pinocchio: chapter 5, part 6

Learn Latin from the Bible: Genesis 1, verses 1-8

This post begins our study of the language found in the Biblia Sacra Vulgata (Stuttgartensia). You’ll find a link in the index where you can read this Bible online. In this post, we’ll look at the language used in verses 1-8 of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, or Liber Genesis in Latin. In addition to literal English translations meant to help you … Continue reading Learn Latin from the Bible: Genesis 1, verses 1-8

Learn Italian from The Prince by Machiavelli: chapter II, part 1

This post begins our study of chapter 2 of Niccolò Machiavelli’s Il Principe. If you wish to read the entire chapter first on your own, you’ll find a link in the index where you can read it online. In the first portion of the chapter we’ll consider here, Machiavelli discusses how hereditary states are easier to maintain than altogether new ones. De’ Principati ereditari. Io lascerò indietro … Continue reading Learn Italian from The Prince by Machiavelli: chapter II, part 1

Learn Italian from Pinocchio: chapter 5, part 5

Pinocchio’s meal takes off on him just as he’s about to put an end to his hunger. In this next portion of text from chapter 5 of Le avventure di Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, we read what happens when Pinocchio cracks open the egg he’s found: Detto fatto, pose un tegamino sopra un caldano pieno di brace accesa: messe nel tegamino, invece d’olio o di burro, un … Continue reading Learn Italian from Pinocchio: chapter 5, part 5

Learn Italian from Leonardo da Vinci: fable 3

Favola 3 Il torrente Il torrente portò tanto di terra e pietre nel suo letto, che fu po’ constretto a mutar sito. — Leonardo da Vinci Here is my translation of the fable: The creek The creek brought into its bed so much sand and stone that it was soon forced to find a new home. For study purposes, here now is a literal translation … Continue reading Learn Italian from Leonardo da Vinci: fable 3