Saturday, January 24, 2009

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Rome (Traduzione approssimativa in italiano alla fine)
We arrived in Rome in the evening of June 16 after a long but very nice flight on Air New Zealand. Very good food, lots of movies to choose from, and great service. We stayed at a hotel in Campo dei Fiori, a few blocks from the Tiber and Trastevere. Both Trastevere and Campo dei Fiori have a reputation for informality but also for being full of life. That’s true. The second day we visited the Bocca della Verità. Legend is that if you tell a lie the Bocca will eat your hand. In one of the photos I look like I must have told a small one. Later we went to the Coliseum and the Roman Forum. The four-story structure could accommodate 50,000 spectators who would attend to watch gladiators fights and other shows. Coliseum comes from the colossal statute, which represented Nero outside the Coliseum. The Forum was the original piazza. It’s now rubble but during Roman times it was the center of political, economic, cultural, and social life. The same kind of life visible in today’s Italian piazza was visible in the Forum. This was the day for historical Rome. It was hot but we walked a lot. We had dinner near Campo dei Fiori. The third day we visited the Vatican. It’s a tiny country, which became official in 1929 when Mussolini and the Pope signed the agreement. Inside Saint Peter’s Basilica. The inside is impressive and its beauty is supposed to remind people of being close to God. Michelangelo’s Pietà, carved when the sculptor was only 24, is one of the major sights. We went up to the very peak of the Saint Peter’s Dome. The first level can be reached via elevator (highly recommended). The very top requires climbing lots of stairs and narrow path. Not sure I’d recommend it if someone is claustrophobic. Only one person fits in the way and if someone starts feeling bad… In any case, the view is beautiful but I am sure the Pope must have a secret elevator, which we were not allowed to use! Later we went to the Vatican Museum to see the Sistine Chapel (Reservations ahead of time were a great idea since we avoided the long line). Michelangelo was not simply a great artist but also in great physical shape since he painted the Sistine Chapel standing on scaffolding. He also did all the painting himself unlike other artists such as Raphael who did the broad outlines and then let assistants do the actual painting. His assistants put up enough plaster for the day and then he painted the fresco (painting on fresh plaster, unlike a mural where the cement is dry). The third day was visiting Piazzas. We did Piazza Navona and the nearby Pantheon. The area is very nice and could also be a great section of the city to stay in. The Italian Senate chamber is nearby (Palazzo Madama). We later la Fontana di Trevi and eventually Piazza di Spagna. The name comes from the fact that the Spanish embassy used to be located in the area. Around Piazza di Spagna we window-shopped on Via Condotti, which is the part that interested Lucia the most. Lucia did buy something though at Rinascente Department Store where prices are “reasonable.” Next stop Calabria.
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Siamo arrivati a Roma la sera del 16 giugno dopo un volo lungo ma molto piacevole su Air New Zealand. Cibo molto buono, scelta di film e servizio eccellenti. Prima notte a Roma in un albergo nella zona di Campo dei Fiori, alcuni isolati dal Tevere e da Trastevere. Sia Campo dei Fiori che Trastevere hanno una reputazione per familiarità ma anche per essere pieni di vita. Tutto vero. Il secondo giorno abbiamo visitato la Bocca delle Verità. La leggenda è che se dite una bugia la Bocca vi mangerà la mano. In una delle foto ne avrò detta una piccolina e la mia mano sembra essere stata divorata. Poi siamo andati al Colosseo e al Foro Romano. I quattro piani del Colosseo potevano accomodare 50.000 spettatori che assistevano a duelli di gladiatori ed altri spettacoli. Il termine Colosseo viene dalla statua colossale che raffigurava Nerone fuori del Colosseo. Il Foro era la piazza originale. Ora rimangono rovine ma durante il periodo romano era il centro della vita politica, economica, culturale e sociale della città e dell’impero. Lo stesso genere di vita visibile nelle piazze moderne italiane si può immaginare facilmente nel Foro eccetto per la presenza di toghe e mancanza di blue jeans e termini inglesi! Faceva caldo ma abbiamo camminato molto. Il terzo giorno abbiamo visitato il Vaticano. Ufficialmente è una piccolissima nazione divenuta ufficiale nel 1929 quando Mussolini ed il Papa hanno firmato l'accordo. La Basilica di San Pietro. La parte interna è impressionante e la relativa bellezza intende ricordare a tutti di essere vicini a Dio. La Pietà di Michelangelo, scolpita quando lo scultore aveva soltanto 24 anni, è uno dei punti principali. Siamo saliti in cima alla cupola di San Pietro. Il primo livello può essere raggiunto tramite ascensore (molto raccomandato). La parte superiore richiede salire moltissimi scalini in un percorso strettissimo a fila indiana. Non lo suggerirei ai claustrofobi. Il percorso è a senso unico e se qualcuno comincia a sentirsi male… Comunque, la vista è bella ma sono sicuro che il Papa deve avere un ascensore segreto, che a noi non è stato permesso di utilizzare! Poi siamo andati al Museo Vaticano per vedere la Cappella Sistina, anche se ci sono tante altre opere d’arte che ci si potrebbero passare diverse giornate (prenotazioni anticipate per l’ingresso così si evita la lunghissima fila). Michelangelo non era semplicemente un grande artista ma anche in buonissima forma fisica poiché ha dipinto la Cappella di Sistina in piedi sul ponteggio. Inoltre ha fatto tutta la pittura da se stesso a differenza di altri artisti come Raffaello che facevano solo un abbozzo e poi lasciavano ai loro assistenti il lavoro di completare l’opera. Gli assistenti di Michelangelo intonacavano solo un pezzo per il giorno e poi Michelangelo completava l'affresco (pittura sull'intonaco fresco, diverso da un murale in cui il cemento è asciutto). Il terzo giorno abbiamo visitato le piazze, cominciando con Piazza Navona ed il Panteon lì vicino. La zona è molto piacevole e potrebbe anche essere una grande sezione della città da stare per un prossimo viaggio. La sede del Senato Italiano è vicino Piazza Navona (Palazzo Madama). Poi siamo andati alla Fontana di Trevi e finalmente a Piazza di Spagna. Il nome viene dal fatto che l'ambasciata spagnola era situata nella zona. Intorno a Piazza di Spagna abbiamo guardato le vetrine dei più eleganti negozi di Roma (Via Condotti) che è la parte che ha interessato Lucia di più. Lucia ha comprato qualcosa ma solo al grande magazzino La Rinascente dove i prezzi sono “ragionevoli”. La prossima tappa: Calabria.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Learning Languages Online

Learning Languages Online

Can you learn a language online? When you think of a language, you think of oral skills but of course language learning requires speaking, understanding, reading, writing and culture. There is little concern about learning reading and writing in an online environment. It’s the oral part that sometimes causes concern and may give second thoughts to taking a language class online. Yet, it’s not just possible to learn the oral aspect online; indeed for some people it can work even better than in a regular classroom. Oral work is handled in a number of ways in an online situation. To begin with, audio is available at the site accompanying the textbook. This is the same audio one listens with a CD or an audiocassette. In many ways it’s better because one can easily download it and put on an I-pod or similar type of player and listen to it at leisure in many places. Oral work is also supplemented by special recordings made by the instructor. These recordings can also be added to an I-pod. Of course, a good online class also has opportunities to meet with the instructor for practice sessions in person and tutors. Some of these practice sessions can also be handled on the phone and via computer by means of web cams. Online language learning is not for everyone, but for many people it can work very well. It requires discipline and dedication. Try it!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Italian Classes

Allan Hancock College offers Elementary and Intermediate Italian online. Italian 101 online (Elementary Italian), Italian 102 online (Elementary Italian), Italian 103 online (Intermediate Italian), and Italian 104 online (Intermediate Italian). These Italian courses online have been offered for the past several years. More information is found below.
ITALIAN CLASSES AT ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE-FALL 2007
7 classes available at Allan Hancock College

*Italian 101,
Elementary Italian, Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00-12:30 (No prerequisite)
*Italian 101, Elementary Italian, Mondays & Wednesdays 4:0-6:30 p.m. (No prerequisite)
*Italian 101 Online, Elementary Italian, Online Course (No prerequisite)
*Italian 110, Italian Conversation, Monday 1:00-3:00 (Prerequisite: One semester of Italian or equivalent).
*Italian 102 Online, Elementary Italian, Online Course (Prerequisite: One semester of Italian or equivalent)
*Italian 103 Online, Intermediate Italian, Online Course (Prerequisite: two semesters of Italian or equivalent).
*Italian 104 Online (Prerequisite: three semesters of Italian or equivalent).
Register on the Web or in person. Click HERE for information.

Classes begin August 20, 2007


Questions? Scroll down and read the FAQ. If you still have questions, call Domenico Maceri, PhD, (805) 922-6966 ext. 3422 OR e-mail dmaceri@hancockcollege.edu

FAQ
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: Italian 101 and Italian 102 are an introduction to the language. Italian 110 focuses on the oral aspect of the language and the expansion of vocabulary. Italian 103 & 104(Intermediate Italian) reviews the grammatical structure introduced in 101 and 102, expands vocabulary, offers practice in writing. All courses include aspects of Italian culture.
PREREQUISITES: Italian 101- NONE; Italian 102- ITALIAN 101 OR THE EQUIVALENT; ITALIAN 110: ITALIAN 101 OR THE EQUIVALENT: Italian 103- ITALIAN 102 OR THE EQUIVALENT. Italian 104- ITALIAN 103 OR THE EQUIVALENT.
NUMBER OF UNITS: Italian 101, Italian 102, and Italian 103 are five semester units; Italian 110 is two semester units.
TEXTBOOKS:
Italian 101 & Italian 102: Prego! by Graziana Lazzarino et al., sixth edition and Laboratory Manual to Accompany Prego!, Lazzarino et. al, sixth edition, 2004. Grammar Workbook for Introductory Italian, by Domenico Maceri, 2006.
Italian 110: Italian Conversation: Points of Departure, Paolozzi.
Italian 103 & 104 (Intermediate Italian): Da capo, 5th edition, Lazzarino & Moneti and Lab Manual to Accompany Da Capo, fifth edition, Lazzarino & Moneti, 2003.
USED BOOKS: You may buy used or new books. However, make sure that you get the right edition. The registration code in the inside cover of Prego! is no longer necessary to use the web site.
BUYING TEXTBOOKS: Books are available through the Allan Hancock College Bookstore (on site or online) as well as through other outlets (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.).
MATERIAL TO BE COVERED: Italian 101: We will cover the first half of the material in your textbook, workbook, and your lab manual. The second half of your textbook, workbook, and your lab manual will be covered in Italian 102. Italian 110: We will cover fifteen lesson included in the textbook.
Italian 103: We will cover the first half of the textbook and the Lab Manual. Italian 104:We will cover the second half of the textbook and the Lab Manual.
TRANSFERING CREDITS TO FOUR-YEAR C0LLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: Italian 101, Italian 102, Italian 103, and Italian 104 credits transfer and articulate to four-year colleges and universities. Italian 110 credits transfer as elective units. Check with a counselor at Allan Hancock College and/or with the institution you plan to transfer the credits to make sure.
LANGUAGE LAB: The Language Lab at the Santa Maria Campus is a useful resource. It includes Italian language television (RAI international) as well as Internet access. Staff members may be able to help you learn Italian. A list of activities and resources is available HERE . Click on Italian Lab. The Lab can also duplicate the audio which accompanies the Lab Manual free of charge. You will need to provide blank CDs.
CREDIT/NO CREDIT: Courses are available for letter grades (A,B, C, D, F) or a Credit/No Credit basis. Credit/No Credit means that instead of getting a letter grade on your transcript, you will get CR (credit) or NC (no credit). You will get CR if you receive a grade of C or higher, NC for a grade of D or F.
TUTORING: You can meet with an Italian tutor in the Tutorial Center at the Santa Maria Campus to get extra oral or written practice. To schedule a session with a tutor, call Donna Bishop at 922-6966 ext. 3767 or e-mail her at dbishop@hancockcollege.edu. Be SURE you talk to Donna. Tutoring is free of charge.
FEES: Current fees are $20 per unit for California residents. Non California residents and international students need to also pay $173 per unit (Italian 101, 102, 103, and 104 are five units each. Italian 110 is two units). Other minor fees may apply. See the latest information on fees in the schedule of classes at the Allan Hancock College web site.
FINANCIAL AID: Financial aid is available in the Financial Aid Office.
ACCREDITATION: Allan Hancock College is fully accredited.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: High school students may qualify to take classes at Allan Hancock College. Students attending high schools which do not offer Italian may take Italian at Allan Hancock College. Credits earned may be transferred to high schools and can also be "banked" for college or university degrees.

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INFORMATION FOR ONLINE COURSES

COURSES OFFERED ONLINE: Italian 101 Online (Elementary 1) , Italian 102 Online (Elementary 2), Italian 103 & 104 Online (Intermediate Italian).
FINAL EXAMS: The final exam includes a written and an oral part. The exam will be held at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. For those students living outside of the area, arrangements can be made to take the exam elsewhere.
PROCTORS: Students not able to come to Santa Maria for the final exams (written and oral) can arrange to have the final proctored near their place of residence. Proctors typically are educators (high school teachers or college professors), librarians, officials at a college testing center, military officers, consular officers, etc. Proctors do not need to know Italian. Contact the instructor for more information about arranging a proctor.
ATTENDANCE: No class attendance is required, but there will many opportunities to communicate with the instructor. E-mail communication, instant messaging, and phone conversation will be used to carry out instruction. For those students living near the Santa Maria Campus, face-to-face meetings can be arranged. Contact the instructor for more information.




Italian language classes for kids

Italian language classes for (5fth through 9th grade) at Cuesta College in San Luis obispo. Summer 2007. Registration going on now. For more information go to Cuesta College

Italian conversation classes
Italian conversation classes at Cal Poly this summer. Registration going on now. For more information go to Cal Poly

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Americans Study Abroad

American college students are studying abroad in increasing numbers. Data from 2004-05 reveals that Britain is the number one choice (32,071 students), followed by Italy (24,858), and Spain (20,806). Complete list is available HERE.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Buon Natale nel Mondo

English Merry Christmas ; Happy Christmas
Italian buon Natale
Spanish feliz Navidad ; feliz Pascua
French joyeux Noël
German frohe Weihnachten
Russian с Рождеством
Arabic ميلاد مجيد
Chinese 圣诞快乐
Afrikaans geseënde Kersfees
Albanian gëzuar Krishtlindjet
Aragones goyoso Nadal ; goyosa Nabidá
Aymara suma navidad
Basque Eguberri on
Brazilian Portuguese feliz Natal
Bresciano bu Nedal
Breton Nedeleg Laouen
Bulgarian Честита Коледа
Byelorussian З Калядамi
Calabrese buon natali
Caló bounnez funtandal
Catalan bon Nadal
Cornish Nadelek Lowen
Croatian sretan božić
Czech veselé Vánoce
Danish glædelig Jul
Dutch prettige Kerstdagen
Esperanto feliĉan Kristnaskon
Estonian häid jõule
Finnish hyvää joulua
Flemish vrolijke Kerst
Furlan bon Nadâl
Galician bo Nadal
Greek καλά Χριστούγεννα
Hebrew חג מולד שמח
Hindi क्रिसमस मंगलमय हो
Hungarian Kellemes Karácsonyi Ünnepeket
Icelandic gleðileg jól
Indonesian hari Natal
Irish Nollaig Shona
Japanese クリスマスおめでとう
Korean 즐거운 성탄, 성탄 축하
Latin Natale hilare
Latvian priecîgus Ziemassvçtkus
Leonese Bon Nadal
Lithuanian su Šventom Kalėdom
Malagasy tratrin'ny Krismasy
Maltese il-milied it-Tajjeb
Manx Nollick Ghennal
Maasai enchipai e kirismas
Mokshan Roshtuva marxta
Mudnés bòun Nadèl
Napulitano felice natale
Norwegian god Jul
Papiamentu bon Pasku
Persian کريسمس مبارک
Polish Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia
Portuguese feliz Natal
Punjabi ਕਰਿਸਸ ਖੁਸ਼ਿਯਾੰਵਾਲਾ ਹੋਵੇ
Quechua paqariku atawsami
Rapanui here noere
Romagnolo bon Nadél
Romanian Crăciun fericit
Serbian срећан Божић
Slovak vesele Vianoce
Slovenian srečen Božič
Swahili heri kwa sikukuu ya Noeli
Swedish god Jul
Tagalog maligayang pasko
Traditional Chinese 耶誕快樂
Triestino bon Nadal ; bone feste
Turkish Mutlu Noeller
Ukrainian З Рiздвом Христовим
Valencian bon nadal
Venetian bon Nadal
Welsh Nadolig Llawen

Thursday, December 21, 2006

European Babel?

New year, new members, new languages, and more translation and interpretation. The number of official languages at the European Union will rise to 23. The newest languages are Irish, Bulgarian, and Rumanian. Translators and interpreters are being hired to meet the demand created by these new languages.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Speak Irish?

As of January 1, 2007 Irish (Gaelic) is going to be the 21st official working language of the European Union. Officials are working furiously to create enough translators and interpreters to accommodate the needs. Ireland itself is planning to become a bilingual country. The government will launch a policy with 13 key objectives for the Irish language in the near future.