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Why and When

Posted on Dicembre 29, 2015 in english

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Today we are going to have a look at two common question words in English: why and when.

It is important to know exactly how to form questions using these words. The rules also apply to other question words like “where”, “how” and “who”.

* We usually form wh-questions with wh- + an auxiliary verb (to be, to do or to have) + a subject + the main verb.

Why is used to obtain information or ask the reason for something.

When is used to ask about a time or an occasion.

Look at some examples:

• Why do they always drive so fast?
Perché guidano sempre così veloce?

• Why is the sky blue?
Perché il cielo è blu?

• Why is John staying at your house at the moment?
Perché adesso John sta a casa vostra?

• When are they leaving?
Quando vanno via?

• When do you usually go to the supermarket?
Di solito quando vai al supermercato?

• When do the school holidays start?
Quando iniziano le vacanze per le scuole?

* We also use this form with modal verbs (can, should, must, etc):

wh- + a modal verb + a subject + the main verb.

For example,

• Why can’t I go to the party, Mum?
Mamma, perché non posso andare alla festa?

• When must we give you back your computer?
Quando ti dobbiamo ridare il computer?

Remember that why and when are not yes or no questions and require a given answer.

For example,

Why are you so tired today?
Perché oggi sei così stanco?

Because I went to bed late last night.
Perché ieri sono andato a dormire tardi.

how to improve your memory

Posted on Dicembre 29, 2015 in english

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Today I want to talk about an important aspect of learning a new language: memorizing vocabulary. It can be boring and not much fun, but sooner or later a little bit of memorizing can really help.
Oggi ti voglio parlare di un aspetto importante da considerare quando si studia una nuova lingua: la memorizzazione del vocabolario. Può essere noioso, ma prima o poi è necessario in quanto rappresenta un grande aiuto.

So I want to share 5 tips on improving your memory:

1. Sleep! – When you’re sleep deprived, your brain doesn’t work properly.
Dormi! Quando non dormi il tempo necesario, il tuo cervello non rende al 100%.

Sleeping is critical to learning and memory because in the deep stages of sleep, the brain does a lot of work related to memory.

2. Laugh – Laughter is the best medicine, right?
Ridi. La risata è la cura migliore, non credi?

Enjoying a joke with a friend, for example, is a great way to boost learning and creativity. The happier you are, the better you think!

3. Don’t worry,… meditate!
Non preoccuparti… medita!

Meditation produces more activity in the left prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is the part that makes you happy. It also creates more connections in the brain. And more connections in the brain mean better mental ability and memory.

4. Eat healthy food!
Mangia sano!

A good diet with lots of fruit and vegetables provides lots of health benefits, including a better memory.

5. Exercise your brain!
Esercita la tua mente!

Memory is like a muscle: the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Activities that use your hands, for example, are fantastic. Try playing an instrument, juggling or playing ping pong.