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Here are the solutions to our August Italian Quiz. Rather than simply give you the correct answers I’ve also translated the incorrect answers and given links to articles that deal with specific topics in more depth. Okay, here goes …….
Section 1: The Right Word
Choose the correct word for each of the sentences below:
Orca boia … che boa!
It was a very dark night = era una notte molto buia
boia = executioner, bue = ox, buia = dark, boa = buoy/boa constrictor
There’s no hurry = non c’è fretta/furia
freccia = arrow, furia = fury/haste, fretta = hurry, fratta = thicket Remember, this one had two correct possibilities
I’ve got a stain on my shirt = ho una macchia sulla camicia
macchina = car, macchia = stain/mark, macina = millstone, marca = brand/make
This cake is really tasty = questa torta è molto saporita
saporito = tasty (masc.), saponata = soapy, sapienza = wisdom, saporita = tasty (fem.)
Giorgio is very hungry = Giorgio è molto affamato
affamato = hungry, affannato = breathless, affannoso = laboured, affarista = businessman
Section 2: The Right Conjugation.
Choose the correct conjugation for each of the following sentences:
One day I’d like to learn to play the piano = un giorno mi piacerebbe imparare a suonare il piano
piace = please, piaciuto = pleased, piacerei = I would please, piacerebbe = it would please More info Here
I’m going to Parma at eight o’clock this evening = vado a Parma alle otto di stasera
andrò = I will go, andavo = I was going, vedo = I see, vado = I go More info Here
Carlo was really tired yesterday = Carlo era molto stanco ieri
stava = he/she/it was, ero = I was, fosse = was (subjunctive), era = he/she/it was More info Here
If I had more time I’d learn to play the piano = se avessi più tempo imparerei a suonare il piano
avevo = I had, avessi = I had (subjunctive), avrò = I will have, avuto = had More info Here
We need to do loads of shopping today = bisogna fare un sacco di spesa oggi
bisnonno = great grandfather, bisogno = need, bisonte = bison, bisogna = need More info Here
Section 3: General Knowledge.
Firenze was NOT the first capital city of the newly unified Regno d’Italia in 1861
It was the first capital city of the newly unified Regno d’Italia in 1861
Torino (Yes, I know the foto showed a view of Firenze … it was a red herring!)
Famous poet, he wrote a Canzoniere (a book of poetry) dedicated to his beloved Laura. He is considered one of the fathers of the Italian language
Famous scientist from Pisa, he invented the telescope, which he used for several astronomical discoveries, amongst which are sunspots, and the four largest satellites of the planet Jupiter. He was condemned for heresy by the Catholic Church
In almost every Italian town you’ll find a monument dedicated to this famous leader. With the help of a thousand volunteers dressed in red shirts he threw out the Borbones from il Regno delle Due Sicilie
Musician born in Lucca in 1858, he wrote many operas. Amongst his numerous memorable arias is a well know chorus which is sung with the mouth shut!
Giacomo Puccini (il coro muto nell’opera Madama Butterfly)
Well done everyone who had a go, we’re proud of you!