Tuesday, January 7, 2014

We've moved!!


Me, Alex, as a Bitstrips cartoon.
Try it if you haven't already
— it's highly entertaining! 
My name is Alex and I originally started Didattichiamo! as a way to share the materials and resources that I used (and continue to use) in the study of languages and culture, and Italian in particular.

My intention was to show the fun and engaging side of study as well as create a community of like-minded learners from around the world that could exchange ideas.

My intention hasn’t changed... but my site name and address have!

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See you there!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Ligabue's Mondovisione: Which songs do you want to see?


Didattichiamo! will slowly be phased out, so read this post on our new site and subscribe by email to receive our latest updates.

Ligabue's tenth album Mondovisione recently released in Italy.  Many have said it is the most "political" of all his albums but Ligabue sees it as expressing of his sentiments— something he has tried to do in all of his albums.

"This is not a political album, because even songs about being pissed off are sentimental songs"

The album has been met with positive reviews and described as da ascoltare (worth listening to)— I personally can't wait to buy the mp3 version when it becomes available through a US site (so far, I could only find an imported CD available through amazon.com) but I've been enjoying listening online in the meantime:

(Having problems with the embedded player?  Listen on grooveshark.com)

I learned a lot of Italian by listening to Italian songs in general and Ligabue's music in particular.  Going over the song titles and lyrics, there were several that peaked my interest and that I think would be interesting to discuss their meaning and translation.

Explore the song titles and their rough English translations by playing this little timed matching game:

Hint: Game displays 8 of the 14 song titles at a time, so play more than once to see them all, and improve your time! You can also "View this study set" to see them as flashcards or a list.

What do you think?  Let me know which songs interest you the most and we'll cover those first! You can use the "Ask your language questions!" form on the right to submit your vote.  [Note: 'Capo Spartivento' and 'Il suono, il brutto e il cattivo' are instrumental tracks]

 I already covered the album's first single 'Il Sale della Terra'…in case you missed it: UPDATE: redirects you to the same post on the new site, VIA OPTIMAE

"Il sale della terra" music video, testo in italiano and lyrics in English.

I'm anxiously awaiting your input! 

In the meantime…

Buon ascolto!
Happy listening!


More advanced readers may also enjoy:
Mondovisione – Luciano Ligabue: la recensione
A full, song-by-song review in Italian from lamusicarock.com.


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