Saturday, May 02, 2009


Antonio the poet and I are off to Florence in about an hour. Antonio is a nominee for the Premio Internazionale di Poesia "Coluccio Salutati" and we are both invited to the ceremony.

"Our" book [I have translated the poems into English] is published today.

See you all on Monday.

Be good!


Trubes said...

Oh how wonderful Welshcakes, have a good trip and every good wish for success in the nominations. What an achievement for you both!


CherryPie said...

I hope you have a great time. Good Luck :-)

jmb said...


Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thanks, Trubes and Cherie. It was fantastic! Grazie, jmb. Mi sono divertita molto!

Whispering Walls said...

Buona fortuna!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Grazie, WW.

Gledwood said...

See you're lucky, Welshcakes: you speak Italian about as well as I want to speak German

I'm beyond the scope of most language courses (though I'll be the first to admit I have the most shocking holes in my vocab it's unreal) so apart from reading what German magazines I can get my hands on (and they seem to be even harder to come by than they were in the 1980s & 1990s) I'm using the BIBLE ~ because without being retarded about it, it uses a fairly basic vocabulary of about 7000 day to day words, which just so happens to be the number at which you can say you have a "near native" command of any language.

I did a test by reading through the German-English section of a dictionary and seeing how many headwords I understood ~ and it turned out to be about 1 in 5 or 1 in 6 from a vocab of about 22,000 words which means I have about 4 or 5,000 (I would say 4)

But you know how irritating it is with foreign languages. Some things I know 2 or 3 ways of saying: others I cannot say at all without blusters of the most supremely inconvenient circumlocution!!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Gleds. That's very interesting. I wonder why the German magazines have become more difficult to get? Using the Bible is a very good idea and YOU are much cleverer than you would have most of us believe! But the art of learning a language is in knowing the bits that join the words together, as you know.


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