Il paroliere: Italian Word of the Week – 1

SBS Radio, Australia’s ethnic media station which broadcasts programmes in 74 languages, has just begun a weekly series with the title Il Paroliere in which Italian words and expressions are given an explanation, a history and an array of illustrations. italian-language-courses-300x240It was brilliantly launched here on 3 May by Andrea Rizzi (University of Melbourne) who in 6 minutes found more to say than could possibly have been imagined about the verb racimolare, providing it with an etymology and a fascinating wealth of connotations, positive and negative, in its usage past and present. Each week we will be providing the link to the programme, hosted by Magica Fossati, which can be listened to directly or downloaded. The Italian section of SBS Radio also has programmes dealing with aspects of culture from film to food which are well worth checking out.

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