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About Speak and Eat Italian with me

Laura is a native Italian speaker based in Cork since 2003. She trained professionally as a language teacher of French, English and Italian in her native Sicily. She has worked as an Italian and French teacher in Primary and Secondary schools in Cork. She also works as  an English as a second language teacher. She is a fully trained ICT and Modern Language Teaching Tutor, she has also worked as an Assistant Italian Lecturer in the Italian Department in UCC. She is  a freelance translator and interpreter. She is a very experienced Italian Oral and Written Leaving Certificate Examiner.           On a more personal level, she is very passionate about cooking and baking. She learnt her cooking skills from her “mamma” and“nonna”.  Her naturally vivacious personality and pure infectious enthusiasm for good quality food has led her to share her passion for cooking and become a cookery tutor, to host a variety of classes offering mouth –watering dishes and dispense helpful advice. Laura’s no-fuss style of cookery, her easy approach and easy to follow recipes along with her special emphasis on Sicilian cuisine leads to a winning combination…… ....with Laura cooking and learning is  always fun!

 “Non vedere l’ora”


 “essere impaziente,  desiderare ardentemente fare qualcosa”!

Questa espressione può essere usata in tre modi:

a) Non vedo l’ora di andare in Italia!


b) Non vedo l’ora che arrivi l’estate!   

 (espressione+che+congiuntivo presente)

c) Domani parto…che bello, non vedo l’ora!

… e voi cosa desiderate ardentemente fare 😉  ?!

Buon “Pesce d’Aprile”!

6301862cee137a88d671d5861edfa1a0For centuries, April 1st has been a day marked by practical jokes played on people around the world. From large pranks about spaghetti trees in Switzerland or the tower of Pisa falling over, to small practical jokes played on friends and family members at home,

April 1st has been a day when people try to fool and are fooled by others.

Although the origins of April Fools is obscure and debated, the most widely accepted explanation actually credits the “tradition” as starting in France. The most popular theory about the origin of April Fool’s Day involves the French calendar reform of the sixteenth century.

The theory goes like this: In 1564 King Charles XIV of France reformed the calendar, moving the start of the year from the 21st of March to January 1st.

However, those who failed to keep up with the change or who stubbornly clung to the old calendar system and continued to celebrate the New Year during the weeks that fell between March 21st and April 1st, had jokes played on them.

While the “Poisson d’Avril” may have originated in France, Italy’s version of “Pesce d’Aprile” (ie April Fools’ Day) is very similar to the French one.

Today in Italy, those who are fooled on April 1st are called “Pesce d’Aprile” (the April Fish). A common prank (especially among school-aged children) is to place a paper fish on the back of an unsuspecting person.

The reason why “the fish – pesce – poisson” is being associated with April 1st is probably due to the zodiac sign of Pisces (fish/pesci), which falls near April.


The Italian verb


translates as

“to be fooled, to be deceived, to be taking in, to take the bait”

A: E allora raccontami? 
B: Tutto bene, ha abboccato e non ha avuto alcun sospetto!! 


A: Hai parlato con Marco?
B: Sì, ma purtroppo questa volta non ha abboccato!!