Understand Italian used in Il Principe: chapter III, part 2

In this second part of your study of the Italian used in chapter 3 of Il Principe, Niccolò Machiavelli writes of the advantageousness of a shared language and customs between the acquiring and acquired states, and provides a solution in the absence of these. The first portion of text you will consider here reads: Dico pertanto, che questi Stati, i quali acquistandosi si aggiungono a uno Stato … Continue reading Understand Italian used in Il Principe: chapter III, part 2

Study Latin from the Bible: Genesis 1, verses 20-31

In this post, you will study the Latin that appears in verses 20-31 of the first chapter of Liber Genesis (book of Genesis), from the Biblia Sacra Vulgata (Stuttgartensia). These verses cover the fifth and sixth days of creation. This post also completes your study of the first chapter. In all the posts pertaining to the Latin Bible, I have, to the best of my … Continue reading Study Latin from the Bible: Genesis 1, verses 20-31

Learn Italian from Pinocchio: chapter 6, part 2

In this second and final part of chapter 6 from Le avventure di Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio experiences a number of inconveniences: he gets a basinful of water poured on him by an old man, returns home drenched from head to toe, and burns his feet off while sleeping by the fire. The first portion of text you will consider here reads as follows: Dopo mezzo … Continue reading Learn Italian from Pinocchio: chapter 6, part 2

Study Italian from the Bible: Genesis 3, verses 1-8

This post begins your study of the first eight verses of chapter 3 of the book of Genesis, or il libro della Genesi, in Italian. In these verses, the snake speaks to the woman, who then eats of the forbidden fruit and gives of it to her husband. Your study uses the Diodati 1821 version of the Bible in Italian. You will find a link … Continue reading Study Italian from the Bible: Genesis 3, verses 1-8

Latin translation exercise 1

If you have worked through the posts relating to verses 1-8 and verses 9-19 in your study of the first chapter of Liber Genesis, have a go at translating the sentences below from English to Latin. The sentences you will translate are not meant to reproduce ones that have appeared in the Bible, but to give you practice at manipulating Latin. The sentences in part … Continue reading Latin translation exercise 1

Learn Italian from Pinocchio: chapter 6, part 1

This post begins your 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 will find a link in the index where … Continue reading Learn Italian from Pinocchio: chapter 6, part 1

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

In this post, you will study the Latin that appears in verses 9-19 of the first chapter of Liber Genesis (book of Genesis), from the Biblia Sacra Vulgata (Stuttgartensia). These verses cover the third and fourth days of creation. In all the posts pertaining to the Latin Bible, I have, to the best of my knowledge and ability, translated the verses literally into English, whilst … Continue reading Study Latin from the Bible: Genesis 1, verses 9-19

Understand Italian used in Il Principe: chapter III, part 1

Chapter III of Niccolò Machiavelli’s Il Prinicipe is entitled De’ principati misti (on mixed principalities). Chapters I and II of Machiavelli’s treatise are short; chapter III is considerably longer. In the chapter III posts, you will 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 difficultà. E … Continue reading Understand Italian used in Il Principe: chapter III, part 1

Understand Italian used in Il Principe: chapter II, part 2

This post completes your study of the Italian language as used in chapter 2 of Il Principe by Niccolò Machiavelli. In the portion of text that you will 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 to be studied here reads … Continue reading Understand Italian used in Il Principe: chapter II, part 2

Italian translation exercise 19

Now that you have worked through the last three parts (part 4, part 5, part 6) of your 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 have encountered here. I have also included a few new usages for you to learn. I did not know how … Continue reading Italian translation exercise 19