Tag: skills

spelling mistakes

Posted on Ottobre 18, 2015 in english


How r u?

In today’s modern world, there are many ways to communicate with our family and friends using modern technology, for example, different applications on our mobile phones. One means of communication is sending an SMS (short messaging service), also known as “a text message”. Often, when we send text messages, we tend to abbreviate words and don’t pay much attention to spelling.
Nel mondo di oggi, esistono tanti modi per comunicare con la famiglia e gli amici grazie alla tecnologia moderna, con alcune app per esempio. Gli SMS, o “messaggi di testo” sono un altro sistema. Molte volte, quando mandiamo un SMS, accorciamo le parole e non prestiamo attenzione all’ortografia.

In the first part of this message, you read the question “How r u?” That’s normally how we send someone a text message to ask them “How are you?” (Come va?)

However, in formal and proper English, spelling is very important.

If you miss out a letter, it can make a huge difference to the meaning of a word.
Se ometti una lettera per errore, il significato può cambiare radicalmente.

Look at the following words:

seem
They don’t seem very friendly.
Non sembrano molto simpatici.
see
I can’t see you.
No ti vedo.
wine
I would like to order a bottle of red wine, please.
Vorrei ordinare una bottiglia di vino rosso.
win
They need to win the match to make it to the final.
Devono vincere la partita per poter arrivare alla finale.
bare
He has just moved into his new flat and it’s still bare.
Si è appena trasferito e il suo nuovo appartamento è ancora vuoto.
bar
After work, she sometimes goes to a bar.
Dopo il lavoro di solito va in un bar.
huge
We were very hungry so we ate a huge portion of cake.
Avevamo tanta fame per questo mangiammo un pezzo enorme di torta.
hug
When you’re sad, you need a hug from your best friend.
Quando si è tristi, si ha bisogno della spalla (lett. braccia) di un amico.
teen
She met her husband when she was a teen.
Conobbe suo marito quando era un adolescente.
ten
They’ve been married for ten years now.
Sono sposati da dieci anni.

To make yourself clearly understood in English, make sure you spell words correctly and that you don’t miss out letters.

music and seasons

Posted on Ottobre 18, 2015 in english

Today I want you to read a short text about music and the seasons to practice your reading skills. You can find definitions of the words in bold under the text.

There’s always a song suited to every season. When it’s summer or spring, we normally listen to upbeat happy songs. When it’s autumn or winter, we normally listen to calm relaxing music.

Whatever the season, we like to listen to nice catchy songs because they change our mood. No matter how bad, lonely or hard times are, music seems to do magic and helps us think and feel that at the end of the day, there’s always something good we need to be thankful for.

Vocabulary

suited: adatto, idoneo per

For example: I think the other applicant is better suited to the job.
Credo che l’altro candidato sia più adatto per questo lavoro.

season: stagione

For example: My favourite season is summer.
La mia stagione preferita è l’estate.

summer: estate

For example: We always go to the beach in the summer.
D’estate andiamo sempre in spiaggia.

spring: primavera

For example: In spring, the flowers start to bloom.
In primavera i fiori cominciano a sbocciare.

autumn: autunno

For example: Leaves change colour in autumn.
In autunno le foglie cambiano colore.

winter: inverno

For example: Winter is my worst season. I hate the cold!
L’inverno è la peggiore stagione. Odio il freddo!

upbeat: allegro, positivo

For example: She looked upbeat even though she was tired.
Sembrava allegra anche se era stanca.

catchy: orecchiabile

For example: Lady Gaga’s songs are always catchy.
Le canzoni di Lady Gaga sono sempre orecchiabili.

mood: umore, animo

For example: He’s always in a bad mood on Monday mornings.
Il lunedí mattina è sempre di cattivo umore.

to seem: sembrare

For example: You seem happy today.
Sembri felice oggi.