Lezione 4 and Answers with Ignazio!

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Buongiorno, clase!
Jana lesson

Gianluca is sorry for making the last lesson so hard – he thought it was pretty easy!  You did not like the word search?  And no one guessed the secret phrase?  Ok, answers to the word search are below:
For your second extra credit, I have also hidden a word or two from the titles of the songs from the Sanremo CD. See if you can find the 7 extra words. For your third extra credit, the remaining letters that are not used in the word search, spell out a phrase. See if you can guess it.   Happy Hunting!

Ignazio Piero Gianluca Win Eurovision!    Did no one get this??

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Your clue:   “a great prophecy…”

V E E R I R E F E R P E O
E N O Z N A C C I A O R P
S A P A R L A R E S W E E
T M E M E E A N S T O D N
I O G O I V R Z T A R U S
R R U R S I I A U R O I A
E C R E D E R E D E M H R
R A P N B A M B I N A C E
A M F R N O E R A D N A R
R B E A I V N U R O T R I
I I R A R I I I E R I O T
P A I I R E G V C M C C N
S R P O R T I R E I A N E
E E A G R A N D E R L A S
R I C O R D A R E E E A O
Extra   Words:
Ciao Ancora
Bambina Canzone
Grande Romantica
Romane

HOMEWORK:  I hope you at least enjoyed Houseboat!  With our lovely Sophia…

Ok, let’s take a little coffee break!  There is a little Italian caffè down the street, let’s stop in for a cappuccino and some biscotti…

I would like a vente ounce cappuccino and a chocolate biscotti, please.

Vorrei un cappuccino vente oncia e biscotti al cioccolato, per favore.

Ignazio will have a grande espresso with cream and a cannoli, please.

Ignazio avrà un espresso grande con panna e un cannoli , per favore.
You will notice that the words in color, are both the same in English as in Italiano!?
See, you have been speaking Italian and didn’t even know it!  Many caffè houses, like Starbucks, have these words in their menus and I’m sure no one even thought twice about it!  Here are some more Italian/American words that you will find in your local or little Italian caffè house!
  • caffè (espresso)—a small cup of very strong coffee, i.e., espresso
  • caffè Americano—American-style coffee, but stronger; weaker than espresso and served in a large cup
  • caffè corretto—coffee “corrected” with a shot of grappa, cognac, or other spirit
  • caffè doppio—double espresso
  • caffè freddo—iced coffee  (remember when Piero and Ignazio said they were freddo in Russia?)
  • caffè Hag—decaffeinated coffee (ironically, this is the same in German!)
  • caffè latte—hot milk mixed with coffee and served in a glass for breakfast
  • caffè macchiato—espresso “stained” with a drop of steamed milk: small version of a cappuccino
  • caffè marocchino—espresso with a dash of hot milk and cacao powder
  • caffè stretto—espresso with less water; rocket fuel!
  • cappuccino—espresso infused with steamed milk and drunk in the morning, but never after lunch or dinner
  • granita di caffè con panna—frozen, iced beverage (similar to a slush, but ice shavings make it authentic) and topped with whipped cream

Also, to help you a little more with your pronunciations and a few extra phrases, (since we cannot be there in person to help you!), I have found a few YouTube videos.  There are literally thousands out there, but I thought these were good.  The one girl sounds a lot like a female Piero, they must be from the same area of Italy!

http://dreamdiscoveritalia.com/2014/10/15/italian-101-how-to-say-please-thank-you-and-youre-welcome-in-italian/

http://www.transparent.com/learn-italian/phrases.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNyA8A2EB-8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o7vs0wUQ_4

I hope you enjoy your lezione oggi!

Ciao –
Ignazio!

i - decem

 

Meet & Greet Gina

Good idea from Gina:

Every six months I rearrange my living room in order to clean under the furniture and while doing this unexciting task and listening to the boys I thought you might have a “Meet & Greet” for our group. Line up a picture of the boys and everyone that wishes to share some of their life can pretend as if they are talking to one of the boys and telling him her/his story. Everyone tell us much as they are comfortable with. JUST AN IDEA.
If you wish to post my e-mail as a starter it is OK. I am sure not everyone is as nuts as I am. Gina

Sure they are Gina. Tell it to one of the Guys.

aaaaaGianluca stop making faces. Ignazio quit frowning. Piero, put the phone down and listen!  Behave Guys .  Here’s your chance to…

Meet & Greet Gina

Since I am becoming an e-mail pest I want to introduce myself. Jana said she was a history buff so I thought I’d share some of mine. I keep mentioning Lithuania and Europe. I was 9 when we left Lithuania and lived in Salzburg till the end of the war. After the war all displaced persons where scooped up and put in the DP camps. I went to a Lithuanian school and we did folk dancing and other activities. Later when we came to the States most of the emigrants seemed to congregate in large cities and had their own churches, social clubs, social activities and sport activities. We traveled to other cities and met the other Lithuanians and had concerts and athletic competitions. I was 25 before I left Cleveland and completely immersed into the American life. Before we lived a “double life” of going to American schools or work and then spending the rest of the time in our own circle. In a moment of insanity I joined the Marine Corp after my first marriage went south. I was not made to be a Marine. I made it thru Officer’s Training by shear will and support of one of the officers who kept telling me not to quit. After my tour I transferred into the US Army. Marine Corps in early 60’s did not have many opportunities for women. Shorty after I was stationed at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, I met my husband, married, adopted two children (babies) and had a surprise pregnancy. In 1966 women could not have dependents under 18 or be pregnant and stay in. I had to resign my commission. A few year later things changed and today women have children and stay in. My son and youngest daughter are eight months apart. My husband retired in 1979 and we came to his home Texas. Now old age has arrived and as I said Il Volo and their travels brought me back to so many memories. I have some small and faded memories of Vienna and wish I could be there during Eurovision to see the boys.

Gina Italy my picturesPictures-
The dancing was the DP Camp in Schwabisch Gmund in 1949 (now a US Army Base). The one with people standing at a RR Station is in Ludwigsburg, Germany 1950 (I am the one with the grey jacket and dorky socks and shoes). Before you could emigrate you had to go to a central camp and pass a physical etc. There was a big business in selling healthy lungs. You could not go if you had TB. We took a train to the ship we sailed on the Gen. Sturgis. The Lady Marine trying to look efficient.
Gina

Eurovision Update ~ Mary Strickler

I have renamed Our Mary S.  She has been sending me everything about Eurovision except where the restrooms are located!  So here is some current Eurovision news brought to you by Mary “Snoop the Scoop” Strickler. ~Marie

OGAE

Further information: OGAE

Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l’Eurovision (more commonly known as OGAE) is an international organisation that was founded in 1984 in SavonlinnaFinland by Jari-Pekka Koikkalainen.[86] The organisation consists of a network of over 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, and is a non-governmentalnon-political, and non-profit company.[87] In what has become an annual tradition for the OGAE fan clubs, a voting poll will be opened from 1 May 2015 allowing members from forty clubs to vote for their favourite songs of the 2015 contest.[88] The table below will show the top five overall results, as the votes are cast.[89]

Country Performer(s) Song OGAE result[89]
 Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw “Heroes” 113
 Italy Il Volo “Grande amore” 100
 Estonia Elina Born & Stig Rästa “Goodbye to Yesterday” 90
 Slovenia Maraaya “Here for You” 63
 Norway Mørland & Debrah Scarlett “A Monster Like Me” 55

I have read that Sweden is expected to win, but I think that may have been put out by Sweden fans.  I wonder if any Flight Crew members have friends or family in the participating countries that can be encouraged to vote and vote for Il Volo.  I have friends in Scotland and I think I will try to brainwash them.

Also, I looked up previous Eurovision winners and found 3 that I knew of:  Celine Dion in 1988 singing Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi.  I don’t know what that translates to in English maybe Don’t Party Without Me. (trying to be funny) but will look it up.  Also, ABBA won in 1974 singing Waterloo (I know that song). And, last, LuLu from the UK wining in 1969 singing Boom Bang-a-Bang.  Know of her but never heard of the song.

 

That is about all I have right now.

 

Mary

“Something is Happening Here!”

“Something is happening here!” is the first line of a comment Kitty wrote on my post the other day, “To: The Flight Crew”.  The post was about welcoming Jim and Margaret to the Crew.  Comments 30-36 were so profound that I didn’t want anyone to miss them.  So, here they are…

I love this site.  I certainly love Our Guys!  And I am, most assuredly, proud to know all of you.

~Marie

      • Jim, you acknowledged Il Volo beautifully… We all feel the same as you… We love Il Volo and we all want to protect them as if they were our own…
        To be a Flight Crew member the only qualification is that you love Il VOLO… You passed with flying colors.. Welcome to our family…

  1. Thank you Jeannette!!! I’ll work the Coach and Economy Section on today’s flight and you take First Class for the kind ‘Welcome Aboard’ you and the others have given me,…..now,…where do we keep those little bags of pretzels and peanuts??? Ms. Marie, lol, you bet a circle-saw,…and rude critics too,…those kids are worth every ounce of support I can give them!! After all, my mom sent them to me in her stead this last Christmas. One of the best gifts she ever gave me. I’d like to share this with all of you, too. My buddies have been listening to Il Volo from my downloads on every fishing trip we’ve been on since December when I’ve been doing the driving. The last three trips we’ve taken one of them has done the driving besides me for a change, and when they get to my place to pick me up they make sure I bring “those Italian boys” along with me, lol,…..because they now pontificate we catch more fish when the scaly rascals hear the boys singing from the boat!!! Now how’s that for a “fish tale”?!? But, what is truly charming about my story,….is that I occasionally catch one of the ‘old goats’ (lol), humming an Il Volo tune when they’re puttering about the campsite! And that, Ms. Marie,..is genuinely heartwarming to observe. Thank you all so much for helping me understand this phenomenon better than I could have ever done so on my own. A special thanks to Anncruise and KittyKam for initially reaching out to me with the right directions to take in order to learn more about these three tremendous gentlemen. I thought I was the only one who felt this way after hearing them sing the first time. I could water the front lawn with tears every time I hear them perform the ‘Ave Maria’. Godspeed, Il Volo,…and the Flight Crew, too.

  2. Hi Jim & Margaret I just discovered you have joined our Flight Crew. Welcome & congratulations you both are in the right place. You are a man after my own heart Jim by reiterating how you will stand up for these wonderful young men. That is what I did for one of them a while ago by writing a couple of letters to a few people defending the hurt he was feeling. I think they made a difference because I got 2 responses & things seemed to change for that young man.
    These young men are the same age as my grandson & I will do anything I can for him & I feel the same about Il Volo. There are no other singers on the planet as good & wholesome as they are. My heart overflows with love for these young men & especially Ignazio.
    I am glad you Jim & |Margaret feel the same way as we all do. Have fun blogging.

  3. It is wonderful to read the messages from Jim and Margaret. Jim, my introduction to Il Volo is very similar to yours. I lost 2 sons 6 weeks apart and felt as though I had lost my mind, my soul and my heart. five months later, I first heard Il Volo by a fluke. I was channel surfing and nothing seemed interesting until I happened to stop on the public TV station and Il Volo was singing. Their voices and personalities were amazing. After just a few songs, my stress, tension, sorrow were eased away. I could feel myself relax for the first time in months. I believe these three young men, and they were very young in early 2012, are a gift from God for healing broken spirits. I have heard many others tell similar stories after finding Il Volo. My best to you as you heal from grief.

  4. From Sandi:

    I, too, am an IL Volo lover…perhaps a better description, an IL Volo lover Grandma. I am an mature teacher who has worked with teenagers for many years. I observed years ago that teenage boys were very much like “squirrels in boy suits”. I have loved, guided and at times, chewed on the ears of many of these “squirrels”. I was so enamored with the young men of IL Volo when I first saw them on PBS. They were such a endearing bundle of talent, energy, joy, and young teenager charm that it was love at first sight! I have followed them via twitter and then, I found all of you…my kind of people! Thank you so much. I hope I can be a useful member and friend who is most willing to support and nurture these delightful and inspiring young men. Sandi

  5. Something is happening here! Something almost beyond explanation. It seems to me that we are suddenly welcoming more and more crew members into our family. I am very proud to be able to contribute here, and to have been asked, but I’m even more so now because this site encourages mature fans to feel comfortable voiceing their thoughts, appreciation, respect, and deep admiration for three young men who are giving hope, and joy, by doing nothing more than being themselves. They are able to convey feelings, relate experiences, and make friends without the fear of being laughed at or made to feel strange. The majority of us here, have grandchildren, or even great grandchildren, and at times have said that they care for, and even worry about these young ones as if they were. Not only has it been said that a Grandmothers love must be earned; but once earned, it will always be. I’ve been asked several times why Grandma aged ladies love Il Volo so much. Isn’t that a bit out of the ordinary? My answer has always been: It’s because we ARE Grandmas. We have lived long enough to recognize good from not, and appreciate it when we see it. Kindness, compassion, manners, rank high in our assessment, and have been sorely lacking by todays standards. When we see it, it’s applauded, and cherished. Those young men display, to us, what is the important things that go far beyond even beautiful voices, and looks. God has outdone himself in the creating of these three. Instilling them with qualities that we readily recognize, and never ignore. Because of this, they are gaining, and gaining the adoration they deserve, without even having to try. We do love them!

Danielle’s Diaries

Ciao guys! Sorry I haven’t written recently, it is the end of the semester for me and I’m in the middle of prepping for finals.  As I’m typing this I’m sitting here proctoring an exam for General Chemistry because I work as a Teacher’s Assistant. The freshmen in Gen. Chem and the other upperclassmen TA’s have grown to like Il Volo since I play their songs every week in lab. So far Beautiful Day and Surrender are the favorites. I haven’t actually had that much time to listen to the guys these past few weeks since I’ve been so busy, some nights I’m only getting 2 or 3 hours of sleep! I can’t believe I’m almost done with my second year of college! I never would have been able to do it without the guys music, it is seriously the only thing that gets me through my bad days. I know that no matter how stressful a class is or how hard an exam was, the beautiful music of Il Volo will always cheer me up and calm me down. Currently favorite song has been Romantica followed closely by Grande Amore, which is probably because my friendship with a guy I like keeps growing and growing, my friends believe he likes me back. Every time I talk to him Romantica plays in my head and I more deeply appreciate all the beautiful love songs the guys have sung. Canzone Per Te is also high on my list now after the release of that AMAZING music video! I showed it to my friends, and they adored it too. They said they are very quickly losing their hearts to these amazing Italians just like I have.

One quick story for you guys, last weekend was absolutely GORGEOUS! Saturday hit 75 degrees so we were spending the day outside in the sun. Around mid-day we decided to take a study break and go to the local ice cream place for some ice cream. My one friend told me to run grab one of my Il Volo CDs since it’s about a 15min drive. So I grabbed We Are Love and we popped it in. We had a minivan full of girls driving down the road with the windows down and blasting Il Volo, it was great! We listened to Beautiful Day, Surrender, Little Things, I Bring You To My Senses, and Historia De Un Amor. You should have heard all of us yelling out the lyrics and laughing and being crazy, it was the most fun we had all week! If only the guys could have joined us, I’m sure they would have loved to have ice cream with 8 crazy college girls, don’t you think? Haha!

Well I’ve got to go now, time to collect the students exams! Until next time, Ciao ragazzi!! Ti voglio bene!

Watch Il Volo Worldwide Streaming and a poll

Thanks for the lead Gina.  Don’t forget to scroll down to the red paragraph! ~Marie

UPDATE:   it seems there’s some scheduling conflicts. Italy has a Meet and Greet with the press scheduled at the same time on May 17th. We’ll have to wait until it’s closer to the date and we find out for certain.

The Flight will perform on May 17 at the Vienna Staatsoper

Good news for fans of Flight . A few days before the ‘ Eurovision Song Contest , Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble will perform in the magnificent setting of the Vienna State Opera , the most famous theater in the Austrian capital that will host the European song contest.

the flight

The performance will take place in the show Pop Meets Opera , a very special matinee scheduled May 17 at 12 am to be attended by big names work as Plácido Domingo andJuan Diego Flórez and the ensemble The Philharmonics  (or musicians of ‘orchestra of the State Opera / Vienna Philharmonic) but also people linked to the world of Eurovision as Conchita Wurst , winner of 2014.

wienerstaatsoper

On stage also some singers in the competition in the current festival, which kicks off May 19 to 23. The news today Verdens Gang , the most widely read newspaper in Norway, announcing the presence of the candidates Norwegian  Mørland & Debrah Scarlettalong with those of The Flight to Italy, John Karayannis for Cyprus, Nina Sublatti for Georgia, Molly Sterling for Ireland and Boggie for Hungary.

The online travel guide of the city of Vienna ( wien.info/it ) also announces the procedures for the event:

The event will be televised by the Austrian channel ORF III at 20.15 within the programErlebnis Bühne . But the matinee can be seen streaming worldwide, without time constraints and free of charge, through the portal www.staatsoperlive.com .

Pop meets Opera  will also be transmitted outdoors in the square in front of the Vienna State Opera, under the ” Oper live am Platz “.

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Plus,  WIWIBLOGGS have another poll:

Poll: Who is your favourite automatic qualifier of 2015?

wiwibloggs.com
Who most deserves their spot in the final?

another poll

Dare I?? ~~ Mary Bohling

Warning! 3 tissue alert! ~Marie

Allene, MARY and Jane (maryjane) the others you know.
 Allene, MARY and Jane (maryjane) the others you know.
Milwaukee Meet & Greet, 6/21/14,

Dare I hope for another Meet and Greet in my lifetime?
I’m grateful for the three that I’ve been given, though there are some regrets.
Dare I hope to have another chance to get it right this time?
Yes, looking into their faces was blissfully sweet,
And actually touching them was unbearably tender,But what happened to my resolve to live these moments to the fullest?
Why did I let that “person in charge” rush me through before I…..
…..got to look deeply into their eyes…..was bold enough to kiss cheeks…..said something coherent instead of babbling…
….could imprint that precious time firmly enough into my consciousness that it would come back in my memory again and again?
Instead, when it was over, it was as though it hadn’t happened at all….just a blur and “Did it really happen?” And, “Why didn’t I?” And “Will I ever have another chance?”

Sadly, the truth is that there could never be enough.
Dare I ask for more time to look closely at those dear faces…
to feel that they were looking at me as a real person, and knew that I loved them?
Or is it enough to know that they really do care about their fans.
And even if it isn’t me, personally, I know that it’s true for all of us collectively.

Dare I hope for another chance to live it again, or
Should I just be thankful to have had it at all?
And there are the photographs that prove that it really happened.
There they are—proof that I really stood next to them, had my arms around them, and even, in one case, gave one quick peck on the cheek before being rushed on.

So if I never get to another Meet and Greet, perhaps I’ll just have to be content with holding my memories close to my heart, and—Dare I say it: loving our dear Il Volo guys passionately from afar.

~~~Mary