Ale contro tutti

My favourite famous italian, and favourite tv show

Ale contro tutti, Volare, nonna rosa e Spaghetti di pomodoro sugo

Ciao a tutti,

When I was in italy, oh how it feels so long ago now, I fell in love with a tv show there, called Ale contro tutti it’s presenter Alessandro Borghese is just fantastico! Even though I could never understand what was being said, the fun joy of it all was that it was a cooking show, where a couple of family members, or a husband and wife, or friends, would come to compete against Alessandro Borghese for the best dish with the ingredients they were given. And they would have a panel of normally una donna, un uomo e un bambino to test the dishes that they had made, which tended to be different as one was made by the family and the other by Alessandro. I just loved his enthusiasm for it all. And it was so enjoyable for me to watch. If only i could find where I could stream some episodes of it! I think watching it now with more of an understanding of la lingua, it would definitely help my language abilities and listening skills. I will add an advert I found for it after this post. It is ever so entertaining for me to watch anyhow!

As I was googling ieri, i put into the search bar “What is some good italian music to listen too?” Ora amo la musica, I myself spent sette anni studia la musica as a classical singer. But i am in love with the current popular music we hear today as well, but as the answers came up on one page I clicked on I saw “Volare” So i decided ok, I will youtube this, and I LOVED IT! I recognised the song, because I have To Rome with love on my computer, and that’s the opening song for the start of the movie. I put it on when Matteo got home, and he started singing along to it with me, i only knew the “Volaaaaare, ooooooh oooh, Cantare…. ooooh oooh ooh Nel blu, dipinto di blu” And that was only because I listened to it cinque volte before Matteo turned up. So now it shall be my goal to learn this song, and be able to sing it fluently. Because Nobody has an accent when they sing… well apart from the irish, but tutti gli altri doesn’t! So that will be cool!             I also like to look up the top 10 i tunes songs for italy, to see if any good italian songs come out, I really enjoyed L’anima vola by Elisa!

Ieri sera it was “date night” so I had planned a lovely evening at this piccolo ristorante italiano I found online called Nonna Rosa. I had decided that because it was called Nonna Rosa, then we couldn’t go anywhere else, as that is my italian nonna’s name. Turns out, it was all the way in Zone 6 in Uxbridge (If you don’t know the london tube system very well, Zone 1 is the middle of the city, zone 2 is still the city, but just out of it, and zone 3 where I live is just again, about a 20-30min train ride into the middle of the CBD, but zone 6, is pretty much out of london), although it was practically in the middle of no where, it was such a bel piccolo ristorante. Although I couldn’t seem to find an italian who actually worked there, although we found 2 or 3 of the staff could actually speak italian, perchè every cameriere o cameriera that came to our tavolo, I asked them if they were italian, since Mio ragazzo is, he had a bit of fun picking out all the spelling errors they had made in their menu, mixing up plurals and singulars etc. But the staff were really lovely once they found out they were in the company of a real life italian, they came to our table and had little short talks to us, one cameriere although from somewhere near romania, said that he learnt all his italian from watching tv in his country. It was such a lovely meal, and amazing food and service. With a yummy antipasti starter, and I had a chicken something, it tasted good anyway, and tiramisu and cheesecake for dessert, although Matteo complained to me that the tiramisu wasn’t real italian tiramisu. The head waiter had told us, that although the restaurant had been opened over trenta anni that originally they only served all italian food, but for the business and the fact that english people can’t handle the italian palate, was they had to change their menu to 50% english and 50% italian. But it was definitely a very great night, with a salute to go with our limoncello digestif. 


Photo credit: Matteo! – And yes I know i have demon eyes!


Photo credit: Matteo! – Enjoying a nice glass of Nonna Rosa delight Cocktail! heeheee

Oggi era il mio turno di cucinare il pranzo. Ora we pretty much always have pasta al sugo di pomodoro, as I am addicted to it, and today was no different, although instead of the normal rigatoni, ieri I had gone to tesco’s originally to buy Mamma the Betty Crocker mixes to post to italy, but I am hopeless at shopping and not spending money, and I was hungry, so those two combinations would happen to be the worst, and even though I was by myself, I decided to get all heavy things, clever girl i am at times. But as I was saying I found some amazing Italian chopped tomatoes, now I would prefer to cook my pomodoro sugo with normal fresh cherry tomatoes, but alas I live in London, and everything is just very expensive, and I found these Parioli cans of chopped pomodoro! The can had cucina on it or something, and I thought to my self sìììiìiìiìì! Real italian tomatoes! I will definitely be going back there because they were on special, so I want to get them again since the pasta I made oggi, was amazing! I had bought spaghetti pasta instead of my usual rigatoni, (Matteo thought I had made the mistake of buying angelo pasta again which he doesn’t like) but I just got the tesco branded “Made in italy” spaghetti, put the water pot on the element to boil, and had my frying pan with some oil in it, then i added chopped onions and garlic, then the chopped tomatoes once they had been cooked a bit, then added a dash of salt, pepper and piri piri seasoning, and waiting for the sugo to un-liquify. Then added in the Spaghetti to the boiling water, waiting for that to cook, and wah la, anna’s amazing spaghetti al sugo di pomodoro! Then to top it off, I sprinkled some parmigiano on top. Nom nom Nom


Photo credit: Me!

My amazing creation! Mwahahaha

A dopo!

A presto


Anna x

So much italian fries my brain


Amo questa bella lingua così tanto! Ma it just hurts my head so much from all this learning, i feel like my brain is frying! Is that normale? I guess I just want to understand it all so quickly and not have to do the hard work, but then I know the hard work is the most important foundation of lingua learning. I guess I will get it eventually, I just have to encourage myself to stick to it. I really want this, more than I have wanted something before. I want to surprise everyone back in italy with our much I’ve progressed, even being in an english country. I guess I really just need to believe in myself which is the main thing. I went on amazon this morning and purchased a dual language book of Le Avventure D’Alice Nel paese Della Miraviglie, e Le avventure di pinocchio. So hopefully that will improve my reading and pronunciation abilities.

Just had a big heart to heart with Matteo (il fidanzato) about language learning, because he had to do it from the opposite end, learn english from italian, and he said when he first met me and was having to speak english all the time he was always translating it from italian to english first, and it just always took so long, but then when he got here to london and started talking in english all the time and HAVING to actually speak it all the time, he started thinking it that language, so that cut out that whole long process of always having to translate in his head, he said his father said to him that you truly know a language when you start thinking in that language.                                                                                                                                                 But that when it comes to me I shouldn’t be so hard on myself when it comes to my language learning, that i should take it slowly and I will get there, and when we go back i should try and join in the conversations in la cucina con mamma e nonna! Which i shall definitely try to put into action when I get there! But as expatatbirth said to me in one of her comments, is that I should try to subconsciously pick it up as well, by having italian on in the background. I guess our brain is a wonderful thing with how the subconscious mind works. So I shall definitely start doing that. Domani will be my italiano grande giorno where after I go shopping in the morning to send some cake mixes to italy for mamma (since she can’t get Betty Crocker in Italy), I think I will do some exercises on duolingo, read some amazing blogs, listen subconsciously to gladiatori di roma and she if i pick anything up! 🙂 

Well it’s bedtime for me now! Got an early start in the morning!

Ciao tutti!

A Presto

Anna x


Ahhhhh selfie with the timer at il colosseo 


Capire so più che mi sono reso conto

Well oggi has been an interessante oggi con mia lingua apprendimento. I had another strano italiano dream, where I drove down this road to a area with a roundabout and le case everywhere, but on each la casa there was a small phrase that i had learnt in italian, so i could actually understand some of it, like È il sole, or random sentences like that.

Then di mattina Mamma skyped mio ragazzo e io, and I could actually understand a lot of what she said, not like usual when she skypes and I just sit there, looking at her speak and having no idea what she is actually saying, but this time i could actually understand some of it, not like enough to actually get what she was saying, but enough that I could understand the general gist of what she was parlando about. Some decent bits I could understand, like after she told Matteo e io that we were getting chubby from all the male cibo we were eating, she says to be “Basta caramelle Anna, basta caramele” now i love my lollies, i have the sweetest tooth in il mondo, so i replied “ma piace” I probably used the wrong form of “like” but she understood what I said and laughed. That’s always la problema when I try to parli italiano. I always get told i’m molto carino when I speak, then they laugh and my effort. It makes me so embarrassed when that happens, because I really do try my hardest, but when it comes to the crunch, half the time i forget all the great things I’ve learnt recently to be able to practise with, so then I tend to remain pretty quiet the majority of the conversations. I just wish I had more courage to Parli more!

Then Questo pommeriggio after I got home from lavoro I went onto my computer, which is my number one tool for lingua apprendimento, whenever I am on it, I always have about 3 tabs open dedicated to my language learning progression. Perchè most of my down time I spend on my computer, so if I turn that down time into ora italiana then I’m actually doing something productive rather than spending meaningless ore on Facebook. So as I was on my computer, lettura through Lucrezia’s febbraio blog I came across the blog posts she did reading Il brutto anatroccolo (The ugly ducking) so Io leggo through the written words, covering the english part with my hands, and piccolo did I know, capisco a LOT of what it was, certo there were some words that I couldn’t understand, but they weren’t many compared to what I actually could understand. So now I know I can read most of an italian book for the 6 – 8 anni age group! So that’s pretty exciting! I am planning to buy a bilingual version of alice in wonderland on pay day, which I think will be quite good, because it has it in italiano e inglese but I might look at getting some bambini picture books too, so I can practise with lettura them! Do help my reading skills. I was very proud of myself for how much I did understand, that means that even though I feel I have hardly progressed at all, it just shows that I have learnt so much more than I realised I knew. 

Ora è letto tempo!

Buona notte

A domani

Ciao Ciao

Anna x  


Brutti articoli

Articoli, articoli, articoli! Something I always struggle with when it comes to my imparare l’italiano. I am forever forgetting which indefinito o definito goes with which word. Although oggi as I was sitting on the underground treno to make my way to lavoro I took my new Collins easy learning Italian Grammar & Practice libro with me, and Wow did I find some things to help me when it came to those horrid articoli that I so much dread. It gave me such great understanding and little hints and tricks I had never seen before in reading blogs and doing online italian languages courses. It just made so much sense to me after lettura it!

That the articolo definito masculine singular noun you get to use:

il with most nouns starting with a consonant                                                                                                                                           lo with nouns starting with z or s + another consonant, gn, pn, ps, x or y                                                                                                   l’ with all nouns starting with a vowel

Then for the masculine plural:

i with most nouns starting with a consonant                                                                                                                                             gli with nouns starting with z, s + another consonant, gn, pn, ps, x, or y as well as with nouns starting with a vowel

And the articolo definito for the feminine singular nouns are:

la with all nouns starting with a consonant                                                                                                                                               l’ with all nouns starting with a vowel

And for the plural with all nouns that start with both consonants or vowels is le

I thought this was such a handy piccolo excerpt to help me realise which definitive articles go with which nouns. Because that is definitely what I think I struggle with the most at the moment, as well as the adding a definite article with other words, but then in the grammar book it has a little page for that too! A truly handy little tool! 😀

I am just so innamorato with this bella lingua, and every time I am on my computer, I am always reading blogs, studying on duolingo which I love! I am always surprised with how much seems to be crammed inside the brain that I think doesn’t suck anything in. And reading great blogs, such as with her iceberg project of delving into deeper italian, and then who is just amazing! I’m starting from the very beginning of her blog, so it’s gonna take me a while to get to the latest page, but I don’t want to miss out on any of the amazing things she says!

I just hope that I will soon just soak up this bella lingua like a sponge, so by the time i get back to roma to see mia romana la famiglia I will be able to surprise them with everything I can parlare. I mean I would be very buono at having a conversation with a stranger. Ma la problema is mia romana la famiglia aren’t strangers. They are amazing, Mamma, Nonna e Sorella, if only I could communicate with them properly. I mean we managed to build a relationship without words, which is definitely a special type of relationship, its the art of communicating beyond words, although it is very frustrating. So I just so hope and dream for the day I get back to mia casa lontana di casa I can be such a big surprise for them them all. To be able to communicate to them, to Mamma e Nonna, I think it would make them so felici!

As Nelson Mandela says ❝If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.

well that is enough for this evening.

La fine

A presto

Ciao Ciao

Anna x



p.s… on a side note, the link to those blogs don’t seem to work if you click on them…. just copy and paste! Problema solved

Italian Dreams

After staying up well past mezzonotte ieri notte. I had my prima italian dream! That had never occurred to me before, even after spending due mese being immersed in the culture and all things italiano. I think maybe with the staying up so late, and watching half of la tigre e la neve without subtitles, (I love the actor Roberto Benigni, I saw him prima in To Rome with love, he is amazing) the lingua must of been a bit mixed up in my brain. And suddenly I wake up to the realisation that I had just had my first dream in italian, not that I could understand much, with the struggling to always remember what i have learnt (anyone found an easier way?) But i was molto excited at the realisation that my dreams can actually be bilingual. Something that in my 25 anno I had never experienced before. 

I’m just hoping that as I am lentamente building a strong fondazione that it will all make perfetto sense. I just wish it was il più presto possibile!

Ciao per ora!

A presto

Anna x


Amore italiano

Ciao tutti,

Italiano è difficile!

Mio italiano è male, spero to stop having to use italienglish and only use italian presto!

Io amore la italiano lingua! È molto bellissima! 😀

It would also give me a chance to be able to communicate with mio ragazzo la famiglia!

Loro non parlare inglese! :( But it’s probably a buono thing because it gives me an excuse to learn (not that i need an excuse I really want to learn this lingua anyway)

I just wish it wasn’t so difficile! and that I don’t always have to check with google translate because that’s not always a hundred percent.

I follow lots of blogs, I read lots of books, I get to practise little bits at home with mio ragazzo. But then adesso vivo in londra! I spent 7 hours yesterday on duolingo reviewing the previous skills i had learnt because I hadn’t attempted it for a while and needed to refresh myself.

After spending roughly 2 months in Italy in dicembre e gennaio with mio bello italiano la famiglia i feel like i didn’t learn anything. I would remember Ciao bella, come stai? Bene e lei? or Quanto sei bella! And then everything else I have learnt just removes itself from my brain. I can never seem to remember things that I learn. And i always forget to add articles!

But i figure once i get it, i should have it right? Shouldn’t it be like learning anything? I learnt the guitar and 15, and that’s something I will never forget how to do. I remember once i knew what i was doing it just felt natural. I’m really helping italian works the same way!

Would watching movies help? Reading books in italian with an italian english dictionary to help translate improve my reading abilities?

If anyone has any tips that would be buono! 😀

Ciao! A presto!


un bacio x