Now that Christmas is coming, we are sharing our tips to make it more Italian
Grab your coziest blanket, a sweet slice of panettone, a hot drink, and stay a few minutes with us to discover our tips for a very Italian Christmas.
Keep learning Italian
There are so many things you can do to improve your language skills, even at Christmas. Winter and holidays
Well, there are endless ways to learn Italian while having fun; you can even play with it! If you love playing with words, then riddles, crosswords, scarabeo (the Italian version of scrabble) and trivia may be among your pastimes during these holidays. But you can also play tombola with your children or fellow learners, even at a safe social distance – we’ll come back to this later. Anyway, if cooking is your passion, why don’t you create an all-Italian Christmas menu, bake some brutti ma buoni cookies, or browse the web for new recipes? And get your family involved for extra fun! Finally, don’t forget the importance of culture. Read our articles to discover more about Italian traditions and the art of Neapolitan nativity scenes while practicing your Italian reading skills.
Gift ideas for travel and language enthusiasts
Are you looking for an original present for a friend or – why not? – a gift for yourself? We are glad to help! Here you’ll find a list of Christmas gifts for travel and language lovers.
2020 may not have been the best year for travelling, but we’re all looking forward to packing our bags again next year. And packing boxes would be really helpful! For those who would like to discover new places from home, there are travel-themed subscription boxes: choose one of these and receive books, tea, sweets, bookmarks and handcrafted products from different parts of the world every month. To allow your friends to keep track of all the countries they’ve already visited and plan future trips, a scratch map would be a nice and original choice. For real language enthusiasts who love playing with words, we suggest board games or a magnetic poetry kit in their target language – they’ll definitely fall in love with them. If you’re out of ideas for a small gift, flash sticks are the solution: these color-coded and illustrated post-it notes will help them learn vocabulary more effectively.
However, if you’re looking for a meaningful gift for a special person who’d really love to learn or improve their Italian, you can choose a ScuolaScuola gift card, available for any language level and need.
It’s time to play tombola!
In Italy, Christmas holidays are synonymous with tombola. Waiting for midnight on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, or after the never-ending traditional lunch
Glossario per la Tombola:
tabellone: calling board
ambo: two in a row
terna: three in a row
quaterna: four in a row
cinquina: five in a row
tombola: all numbers in a card
The most famous number-event associations:
1, Uno, l’Italia = Italy
5, Cinque, la mano = the hand
8, Otto, la Madonna = Virgin Mary
13, Tredici, Sant’Antonio = Saint Anthony
17, Diciassette, la sfortuna = misfortune
25, Venticinque, il Natale = Christmas
33, Trentatré, gli anni di Cristo = Christ’s age
47, Quarantasette. il morto = the dead man
48, Quarantotto, il morto che parla = dead man talking
66, Sessantasette, le due zitelle = two spinsters
77, Settantasette, le gambe delle donne = women’s legs
88, Ottantotto, i caciocavalli = two caciocavallo cheese
90, Novanta, la paura: fear