Italenglish and the Academy of Bran

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.I enjoy Dot Wordsworth’s weekly column Mind Your Language in The Spectator. Dot, as her nom de plume implies, is a whizz with words and each week she makes a foray into the linguistic landscape, remarking on origins and changing meanings.

In a recent column, she discussed the Italians’ predilection for using English words to appear cool and fashionable: columns in La Repubblica’s weekly magazine are headed (in English) Beauty and Lifestyle for instance.

vocabolario_accademia_cruscaDot says: “This is the sort of thing that drives the Accademia della Crusca into a frenzy. The academy has been making judgements since its foundation in 1583 on the use of the national language. Crusca means bran and the academy likes to sift out indigestible foreign bran from the fine home-grown flour.”

Despite their efforts, however, many English words have crept
in, like smoking for a dinner jacket and footing, meaning jogging. And a spider is a sports car, derived from the Fiat Spider of the 1960’s, but now generic for all convertibles.

I particularly like andare in tilt, which means to go haywire, or on your computer, to crash. And the expression fare tilt means to become incoherent. It all implies that too many Italians misspent too much to their youth playing pinball machines in their local café!

Freya footingRest assured that on the Watermill’s elegant* Italian Language course you won’t fa tilt, but become even more coherent in one of the more beautiful languages in the world. *We’re elegant, but you won’t need your smoking and you can go footing in the beautiful countryside if you want.

Come and join us for la lingua e la bella vita italiana! 

This year’s Italian language course runs from Saturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May 2017.

langprog-head3This really is ‘a course with a difference.’ Not only are there formal lessons on the vine verandah (some 20 hours in the week), but we also make trips and excursions to savour the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area surrounding the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speak Italian, and practise what we’ve learned.

We’ve teamed up again with the prestigious language school in Florence Langues Services to design a week in which people can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way ever.

You’ll meet Italian people and interact with their daily lives. Your immersion into the language and culture of real Italians will be customised for you, to suit your curiosity and your interests, helping you to treasure everything you learn and make it a seamless part of who you are.

You will have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning and improving their Italian language skills… and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine.

 
language shoppingSaturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May 2017

Langues Services Italian Language course

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week.

Langiage Castello

 

Learn Italian in the real world as well as in class, with our Watermill language class

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.We are very pleased to report on an excellent article in Britain’s prestigious Good Housekeeping magazine about last year’s Italian language course, written by the magazine’s Travel Editor David Wickers.

David is full of praise for the course, not just the teaching at the Watermill, but the ability to practice the language and savour the true Italian lifestyle. He says: “Wherever we went, we had encounters with real Italians in the hopes of making ourselves understood in the real world as well as in class.”March 2017 Good Housekeeping Italian course

You can read the full article in the March issue of Good Housekeeping, which is out soon.

This year’s Italian language course runs from Saturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May 2017.

langprog-head3This really is ‘a course with a difference.’ Not only are there formal lessons on the vine verandah (some 20 hours in the week), but we also make trips and excursions to savour the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area surrounding the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speak Italian, and practise what we’ve learned.

We’ve teamed up again with the prestigious language school in Florence Langues Services to design a week in which people can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way ever.

You’ll meet Italian people and interact with their daily lives. Your immersion into the language and culture of real Italians will be customised for you, to suit your curiosity and your interests, helping you to treasure everything you learn and make it a seamless part of who you are.

You will have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning and improving their Italian language skills… and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine.Langiage Castello

 
language shoppingSaturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May 2017

Langues Services Italian Language course

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week.

 

Blog italian words ROCAMBOLESOCWe would love you to join us for this rocambolesco course!

 

 

 

 

 

Learn Italian from Italians in the New Year

Tom riverside photo Jun 13Have you made your New Year’s resolution? How about learning Italian, the language of music and love?

And where better to learn it than in a romantic Watermill is rural Tuscany, beside which the river sings it’s way to the sea?

This year’s Italian language course runs from Saturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May 2017.

langprog-head3This really is ‘a course with a difference.’ Not only are there formal lessons on the vine verandah (some 20 hours in the week), but we also make trips and excursions to savour the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area surrounding the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speak Italian, and practise what we’ve learned.

We’ve teamed up again with the prestigious language school in Florence Langues Services and their delightful tutor Francesca La Sala, to design a week in which people can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way ever.

You’ll meet Italian people and interact with their daily lives. Your immersion into the language and culture of real Italians will be customised for you, to suit your curiosity and your interests, helping you to treasure everything you learn and make it a seamless part of who you are.

You will have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning and improving their Italian language skills… and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine.

Here are some comments from guests on previous language courses at the mill:

“A super language week: well organised giving us a taste of  the ‘real Italy.’ Francesca was amazing. Despite the disparity in ability she managed to help all of us towards a better understanding and production of the Italian language. The lessons were fun, interactive and helped me enormously. 

“For a teacher to be ‘on duty’ from 8.30am until bedtime – teaching us in each situation – must have been exhausting yet she kept her sense of fun throughout. The accommodation was great and the camaraderie which evolved was, I’m sure, due to your relaxed and welcoming approach to your guests.”  

Langiage Castello

“I had a wonderful time on the language course and laughed so much!  Francesca was fantastic and designed a course that we could all follow at our own level, complete beginners to slightly more than complete beginners.  There was lots of role play and games in Italian, like ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Battleships’.  We had plenty of opportunity to talk to local Italians in cafes and the market in Fivizzano.  We learned how to buy things in the market, order food and drink and ask directions.  I feel confident to travel round Italy and know that I could find accommodation, buy food, drink and other items, travel on trains or hire bikes. My confidence and knowledge has improved immensely over the week and Francesca has even sent us exercises to do at home to keep our learning going.  She was tireless and gave us so much.”

Blog italian words ROCAMBOLESOCFor more information, please visit our 2017 Italian Language Programme page for more details. We would love you to join us for this rocambolesco course!

 

 

 

 

 

Language Francesca

Saturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May 2017

Francesca La Sala Italian Language course

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week.

 

Have you heard the Early Bird news?

Blog Early Bird parrots Dec 16Yes, you only have six days left to take advantage the Watermill’s Early Bird offer, which expires at the end of the year.

If you book before 31 December 2016 there’s a £75 per person discount on each of our fabulous 2017 painting, knitting, yoga, cooking and Italian language holidays. Our courses are filling really quickly (some 145 places already taken), so now is the time to book – and receive the Early Bird bonus.

We’d love to welcome you on one of our sun-filled, fun-filled courses next year. Come and join us. You can find out more about everything by clicking here.

First, here’s the full list of our inspiring 2016 painting tutors, with links to more details about them – and more of their inspiring pictures. And after that, more details of our knitting, yoga, cooking and language courses. We hope to see you soon…

Doranne new head and shouldersPainting by Doranne Alden, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.13-20 May: Watercolours

with Doranne Alden

To learn more about Doranne and The Watermill, please click here.

 

Sandra Strohschein head and shouldersA painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor on painting courses at The Watermill at Posara, Tuscany Italy27 May – 3 June Watercolours

with Sandra Strohschein

To learn more about Sandra and The Watermill, please click here.

 

Sarah S H&S for tutor profilePainting bysarah Spencer, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.3-10 June Oils and drawing mediums

with Sarah Spencer

To learn more about Sarah and The Watermill, please click here.

 

Keiko painting en plein air

Painting by Keiko Tanabe, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.10-17 June Watercolours

with Keiko Tanabe

To learn more about Keiko and The Watermill, please click here

 

RENNER H&SPainting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.17-24 June Oils, acrylics, pastels and drawing mediums

with Maggie Renner Hellmann

To learn more about Maggie and The Watermill, please click here.

Lea Nixon head and shouldersPainting by Lea Nixon, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.24 June- 1 July Watercolours

with Lea Nixon

To learn more about Lea and The Watermill, please click here.

 

Terry Jarvis painting cropped morePainting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.1-8 July Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

with Terry Jarvis

To learn more about Terry and The Watermill, please click here.

8 to 15 July 2017 Tom J Byrne

Oils and watercolours

To learn more about Tom and The Watermill, please click here.

 

New Sue Ford pic croppedSue Cinque Terre demo15-22 July Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic

with Sue Ford

To learn more about Sue and The Watermill, please click here.

Mark Warner H&S croppedPainting by Mark Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.22 to 29 July 2017 Mark Warner

Acrylics/watercolours incorporating conte/pastel.

To learn more about Mark and The Watermill, please click here.

Neiman H&SNeiman Daumazon promenade26 August-2 September Watercolours

with Varvara Neiman

To learn more about Varvara and The Watermill, please click here.

 

Mike new head and shoulders FINALPainting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.2-9 September Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

with Mike Willdridge

To learn more about Mike and The Watermill, please click here.

Nel and Rebecca head shotPainting by Nel Whatmore, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.23-30 September Pastels

with Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça

To learn more about Nel and Rebecca andThe Watermill, please click  here.

Charles New photo 2012Sluga Fivizzano belltower demo pic30 September-3 October Watercolours (and acrylics,  oils)

with Charles Sluga

To learn more about Charles and The Watermill, please click here.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhttp://watermill.net/painting-holidays/painting-holidays-tutor-tim-wilmot17.php7-14 October 2017 Watercolours

with Tim Wilmot

To learn more about Tim and h The Watermill, please click here.

 

Here are the knitting weeks:

Lisa Richardson head and shouldersLisa Richardson Saturday 6 May to Saturday 13 May 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita 

Please click here for more about Lisa and The Watermill.

 

Marie Wallin head and shoulder croppedMarie Wallin

Saturday 20 May to Saturday 27 May 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita

Please click here for more about Marie and The Watermill.

Sarah Hatton head and shouldersSarah Hatton

Saturday 16 September to Saturday 23 September 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita

Please click here for more about Sarah  The Watermill.

The yoga retreat:

Claire Murphy H&SYoga portrait shape 39-16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul

with Claire Murphy

To learn more about Claire and  The Watermill, please click here

Our cookery course:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italypanzanella19-26 August – L’arte di mangiar bene 

with Lois Breckon, Ingrid Fabbian and The Watermill team

To learn more about this delicious cookery course, please click here

And last, but by no means least, our unique Italian language course:

Language FrancescaSaturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May 2017

Francesca La Sala Italian Language course

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week

A novel approach to learning Italian, for all levels of ability

language shoppingHere’s a question a lot of people have been asking about The Watermill’s Italian Language course: Is it suitable for all levels of ability in speaking Italian? And the answer? An emphatic Si!

So come and join us next May (more details below). and don’t forget our Early Bird booking discount offer: If you book before end of this year, there’s a £GBP 75 discount on this exceptional language week

Language bertrand-schwartz1Our emphatic Si! is because of the special approach of our colleagues from the prestigious language school in Florence, Langues Services. Its philosophy and method are inspired by the work of Professor Bertrand Schwartz of Paris University, the educationalist who overturned the concept of teaching to adults, proposing an approach that develops not only theoretical knowledge but practical know-how as well. The aim is to enhance the personal qualities of each student, tailoring the teaching to their needs and ambitions and establishing mutual, active and confident relationships, where the student is the true protagonist in the course. The motto is ‘action first, knowledge after.’

Language FrancescaYour teacher/tutor, Francesca La Sala, explains the core of their approach: “Our aim is to make the learning process as natural as possible; so imagine, when you’re abroad and you deal with a ordinary situation – whether it’s buying something or having a lovely dinner with a group of new friends – you won’t divide people depending on their knowledge of a language: you’ll try to pick words, meanings, maybe comparing sounds; you’ll use your primary senses to try and understand; your effort to observe and listen will be at its best, you’ll use your intuition, your imagination and your memory; and if someone sitting next to you at a table doesn’t understand when you do, you’ll translate for them: and that word or that phrase will remain in your memory more than a thousand others repeated by heart reading a grammar book alone in your house.”  

Francesca vine verandahFrancesca adds: Mixing up different levels can be a powerful resource, where those who know more will be encouraged to be active andteach’ what they know to those who know less, thus becoming more confident and assimilating their skills; and those who know less are motivated to push themselves forward. Mixing up different levels/people makes the course more creative, less unyielding, more realistic! “When we do the ‘formal’ lessons (about 20 hours during the week), you’ll be divided in small homogeneous teams, so that we can cover a certain grammar issue at different levels and from different points of view, but still the lessons will be held all together.

“The lessons will be very interactive anyway, you’ll be asked to be the very protagonists in the ‘formal’ lessons too. To guarantee the highest quality of the teaching/learning process, the group won’t have more than 12 participants.”
Language restuarantHow will we find out about you and your needs? Francesca says: “Every participant on the course will be asked to fill a form, a sort of CV of your knowledge of the Italian language, to find not only about the Italian courses you took and understand your level, but also to learn about the kind of ‘relationship’ you have with the Italian language, and your interests and hobbies… so that I can prepare a course plan that suits your needs and expectations. Of course many things will be changed, improved and decided together, once we meet at The Watermill, and start to know each other.”

We can’t wait to meet everybody – and improve our Italian, too! Ci vediamo
Now really is the time to make sure of your place, especially since you can take advantage of our Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2016 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on this fabulous Italian language course.

Language FrancescaSaturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May 2016

Francesca La Sala Italian Language course

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week

 

Throw yourself like a fish into our Italian language course!

Lx321 Chinook salmon or King salmon leaping falls on spawning migration.One of the mysteries of the Italian language is how they keep talking about fish even when there are none about.

For example: buttarsi come un pesce’, to throw yourself like a fish, means to throw yourself enthusiastically into an activity. And that’s just what you’ll be doing on our inspiring Italian Language course at The Watermill this May.

Not only will you improve your Italian on our unique, interactive language course, but you’ll also enjoy la bella vita Italiana in the heart of rural Tuscany and savour The Watermill’s warm hospitality. In fact we’ll treat you like un pesce grosso, a big fish, or big shot, to us English and Americans. And we promise never to trattare a pesci in faccia, literally to treat with fishes in your face, to show you disrespect.

We’re grateful to The Local, an Italian news paper in English, for illuminating these fishy allusions. It tells us: “As you might expect in a country surrounded by water, fish regularly crop up in Italian conversation.”

For our week-long course, from Saturday May 7 to Saturday May 14 we’ve teamed up again with the Florence language school, Langues Services, to design a week in which people can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way ever. With our wonderful tutor Francesca La Sala, you’ll meet Italian people and interact with their daily lives. There will not only be formal lessons under the vine verandah (some 20 hours in the week), but we’ll also be making trips and excursions to enjoy the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area surrounding the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speaking Italian, practising what we’ve learned.italian market panorameYour immersion into the language and culture of real Italians will be customised for you, to suit your curiosity and your interests, helping you to treasure everything you learn and make it a seamless part of who you are. You will have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning and improving their Italian language skills… and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine.

Putting theory into practice: I wonder what fish we should have! Last year’s language group enjoy an Italian lunch

Putting theory into practice: I wonder what fish we should have! Last year’s language group enjoy an Italian lunch.

Last year’s Italian language course at The Watermill was a great success. Some comments from our guests: “A super language week. Well organised giving us a taste of ‘real Italy’. Francesca [our tutor] was amazing. Despite the disparity in ability she managed to help all of us towards a better understanding and production of the Italian language. The lessons were fun, interactive and helped me enormously. “The accommodation was great and the camaraderie which evolved was, I’m sure, due to your relaxed and welcoming approach to your guests.”

“We all had such Fun!  I had a wonderful time on the language course and laughed so much!  My confidence and knowledge has improved immensely over the week and Francesca has even sent us exercises to do at home to keep our learning going.  She was tireless and gave us so much. The standard of accommodation, food, drink and your hospitality was, as ever, excellent.”

Language FrancescaSaturday 7 May to Saturday 14 May 2016

Francesca La Sala Italian Language course

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week.

And continuing the animal allusions, don’t forget we all know our chickens!Blog italan words CONOSCO-I-MIEI-POLLI

Treat yourself to a rocambolesco Italian language course at The Watermill – and save £GBP 75 by being a (just in time) Early Bird.

Putting theory into practice: This year's language group enjoy an Italian lunch.

Putting theory into practice: This year’s language group enjoy an Italian lunch.

Yes, you have only a few days left to take advantage the Watermill’s Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on our rocambolesco * 2016 Italian Language course. (*See below.)

There’ll be plenty of time for relaxation, as well as learning and absorbing Italian, on the week-long  course at the Watermill – and, of course, savouring la bella vita italiana.

There will not only be formal lessons under the vine verandah (some 20 hours in the week), but we’ll also be making trips and excursions to enjoy the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area surrounding the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speaking Italian, practising what we’ve learned.language shoppingWe’ve teamed up again with the Florence language school, Langues Services, to design a week in which people can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way ever. With our wonderful tutor Francesca La Sala, you’ll meet Italian people and interact with their daily lives.

Your immersion into the language and culture of real Italians will be customised for you, to suit your curiosity and your interests, helping you to treasure everything you learn and make it a seamless part of who you are. You will have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning and improving their Italian language skills… and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine.

This year’s first-ever Italian language course at The Watermill was a great success. Some comments from our guests:

“A super language week. Well organised giving us a taste of ‘real Italy’. Francesca [our tutor] was amazing. Despite the disparity in ability she managed to help all of us towards a better understanding and production of the Italian language. The lessons were fun, interactive and helped me enormously. “The accommodation was great and the camaraderie which evolved was, I’m sure, due to your relaxed and welcoming approach to your guests.”

“We all had such Fun!  I had a wonderful time on the language course and laughed so much!  My confidence and knowledge has improved immensely over the week and Francesca has even sent us exercises to do at home to keep our learning going.  She was tireless and gave us so much. The standard of accommodation, food, drink and your hospitality was, as ever, excellent.”

Language FrancescaSaturday 7 May to Saturday 14 May 2016

Francesca La Sala

Italian Language course

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week.

*** Don’t forget the Watermill’s great Early Bird discount offer: If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on our inspiring 2016 Italian language course.  Too enquire about availability and/or book your place, please click here.

It will be a rocambolesco experience. : *If you speak French you may might already know the story behind  rocambolesco, which roughly translates to “fantastic” and “incredible” (as in fantastical adventures). In the 19th century, French writer Pierre Alexis Ponson du Terrail dreamed up the character Rocambole — a swashbuckling adventurer who inspired the French word rocambolesque and, by extension, the Italian rocambolesco.  Thanks to the Huffington Post for the explanation and thepicture below an details. Blog language words-ROCAMBOLESOC-570

 *** Why not bring your non-participating partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

Join us on the Watermill language course for a rocambolesco time!

Blog language words MERIGGIARE-570A few days ago we introduced you to fun Italian words that feature in an article in The Huffington Post about phrases that don’t have a match in English. Here are some more which, we hope will inspire you to visit us next year to savour la bella vita italia, especially on our sun-filled, fun-filled Italian language course next May.

It’s a good time of year, as we shiver in the Northern Hemisphere, to remember the warmth of an Italian Spring and Summer -and lunch under the shade of the vine verandah at The Watermill. It’s great place for meriggiare, which is best translated as ‘to escape the heat of the midday sun by resting in the shade.’ As The Huffington Post says: “It’s the answer to all of our leisure wishes. Book optional, relaxation required.”

There’ll be plenty of time for relaxation, as well as learning and absorbing Italian, on our week-long Italian language course at the Watermill – and, of course, savouring la bella vita italiana.

There will not only be formal lessons under the vine verandah (some 20 hours in the week), but we’ll also be making trips and excursions to enjoy the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area surrounding the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speaking Italian, practising what we’ve learned.language shoppingWe’ve teamed up again with the Florence language school, Langues Services, to design a week in which people can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way ever. With our wonderful tutor Francesca La Sala, you’ll meet Italian people and interact with their daily lives.

Your immersion into the language and culture of real Italians will be customised for you, to suit your curiosity and your interests, helping you to treasure everything you learn and make it a seamless part of who you are. You will have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning and improving their Italian language skills… and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine. Language pic 1This year’s first-ever Italian language course at The Watermill was a great success. Some comments from our guests:

“A super language week. Well organised giving us a taste of ‘real Italy’. Francesca [our tutor] was amazing. Despite the disparity in ability she managed to help all of us towards a better understanding and production of the Italian language. The lessons were fun, interactive and helped me enormously. “The accommodation was great and the camaraderie which evolved was, I’m sure, due to your relaxed and welcoming approach to your guests.”

“We all had such Fun!  I had a wonderful time on the language course and laughed so much!  My confidence and knowledge has improved immensely over the week and Francesca has even sent us exercises to do at home to keep our learning going.  She was tireless and gave us so much. The standard of accommodation, food, drink and your hospitality was, as ever, excellent.”

Language FrancescaSaturday 7 May to Saturday 14 May 2016

Francesca La Sala

Italian Language course

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week.

*** Don’t forget the Watermill’s great Early Bird discount offer: If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on our inspiring 2016 Italian language course.

Of course, some of you may say magari:Blog language words MAGARI-570But we say you deserve it  and it will be a rocambolesco experience. The Huffington Post tells us: “If you’re a fan of the French language then you might already know the story behind the Italian rocambolesco, which roughly translates to “fantastic” and “incredible” (as in fantastical adventures). In the 19th century, French writer Pierre Alexis Ponson du Terrail dreamed up the character Rocambole — a swashbuckling adventurer who inspired the French word rocambolesque and, by extension, the Italian rocambolesco.

“Equal parts epic, exciting and gripping, rocambolesco experiences are the kind you’ll tell your grandkids about one day.”Blog language words-ROCAMBOLESOC-570Sounds like a Watermill of Posara creative holiday to me. For all our courses: painting, writing, knitting, yoga and meditation, please click here. You’ll have a rocambolesco time.

Conosciamo i nostri polli! Come and learn Italian with us and savour la bella vita

Blog italan words CONOSCO-I-MIEI-POLLIA few days ago we introduced you to fun Italian words that feature in an article in The Huffington Post about phrases that don’t have a match in English. Like Conosco i miei polli above.

The Huffington Post article says: “It should come as no surprise by now that yes, chickens, too, have their place in Italian expressions. Conosco i miei polli, or literally “I know my chickens,” actually means “I know who I’m dealing with” or “I know what I’m talking about.” No doubt uttered countless times over the years by Italians who had absolutely mastered the art of cooking poultry and resented those who questioned them, this expression has long since evolved to apply to topics both in and outside of the kitchen. So the next time someone asks you if you really know what “offside” means in football, if you’re really quoting Proust correctly or if you truly know the person you’re dealing with, gently (or not-so-gently) remind your inquisitor that you know your chickens.”

Well we certainly know our chickens (Conosciamo i nostri polli in the plural) when it comes to helping you to learn this beautiful language on our week-long Italian language course at the Watermill – and, of course, joinng with you in savouring la bella vita italiana.

There will not only be formal lessons under the vine verandah (some 20 hours in the week), but we’ll also be making trips and excursions to enjoy the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area surrounding the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speaking Italian, practising what we’ve learned.

Putting theory into practice: This year's language group enjoy an Italian lunch.

Putting theory into practice: This year’s language group enjoy an Italian lunch.

We’ve teamed up again with the Florence language school, Langues Services, to design a week in which people can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way ever. With our wonderful tutor Francesca La Sala, you’ll meet Italian people and interact with their daily lives.

Your immersion into the language and culture of real Italians will be customised for you, to suit your curiosity and your interests, helping you to treasure everything you learn and make it a seamless part of who you are. You will have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning and improving their Italian language skills… and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine.

This year’s first-ever Italian language course at The Watermill was a great success. Some comments from our guests:

“A super language week. Well organised giving us a taste of ‘real Italy’. Francesca [our tutor] was amazing. Despite the disparity in ability she managed to help all of us towards a better understanding and production of the Italian language. The lessons were fun, interactive and helped me enormously. “The accommodation was great and the camaraderie which evolved was, I’m sure, due to your relaxed and welcoming approach to your guests.”

“We all had such Fun!  I had a wonderful time on the language course and laughed so much!  My confidence and knowledge has improved immensely over the week and Francesca has even sent us exercises to do at home to keep our learning going.  She was tireless and gave us so much. The standard of accommodation, food, drink and your hospitality was, as ever, excellent.”

And talking of food: here’s another fun Italian word

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Language FrancescaSaturday 7 May to Saturday 14 May 2016

Francesca La Sala

Italian Language course

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week.

*** Don’t forget the Watermill’s great Early Bird discount offer: If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on our inspiring 2016 Italian language course.

Learning Italian with us is a fig and we’ll try to make holes in all our doughnuts!

Blog italian-CHE-FIGATA-570I am grateful to the Huffington Post for a recent fun article on Italian words and phrases we don’t have in English. It says: Italy is indisputably a land of beautiful things: beautiful landscapes, cities, cuisine, fashion and people. It’s also home to a beautiful language — a language after our own heart that celebrates adventure, the art of treating yourself and, of course, mind-blowingly delicious food. Italian is full of words and phrases that don’t have a match in English, but oh, don’t we wish they did.”

Like che figata above, and the philosophical comment on holes in doughnuts below.

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Why don’t you come and join us for our Language Holiday week at the Watermill next May, to lean more of this beautiful language from the Italians themselves and to savour la bella vita italiana?

There will not only be formal lessons under the vine verandah (some 20 hours in the week), but we’ll also be making trips and excursions to enjoy the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area surrounding the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speaking Italian, practising what we’ve learned.

Putting theory into practice: This year's language group enjoy an Italian lunch.

Putting theory into practice: This year’s language group enjoy an Italian lunch.

We’ve teamed up again with the Florence language school, Langues Services, to design a week in which people can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way ever. With our wonderful tutor Francesca La Sala, you’ll meet Italian people and interact with their daily lives.

Your immersion into the language and culture of real Italians will be customised for you, to suit your curiosity and your interests, helping you to treasure everything you learn and make it a seamless part of who you are. You will have the perfect opportunity to make new friends in the company of like-minded people learning and improving their Italian language skills… and enjoying unspoilt Italy and, of course, fantastic food and wine.

Language FrancescaSaturday 7 May to Saturday 14 May 2016

Francesca La Sala Italian Language course

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week.

This year’s first-ever Italian language course at The Watermill was a great success. Some comments from our guests: “A super language week. Well organised giving us a taste of ‘real Italy’. Francesca [our tutor] was amazing. Despite the disparity in ability she managed to help all of us towards a better understanding and production of the Italian language. The lessons were fun, interactive and helped me enormously.” 

“The accommodation was great and the camaraderie which evolved was, I’m sure, due to your relaxed and welcoming approach to your guests.”

“We all had such Fun!  I had a wonderful time on the language course and laughed so much!  My confidence and knowledge has improved immensely over the week and Francesca has even sent us exercises to do at home to keep our learning going.  She was tireless and gave us so much. The standard of accommodation, food, drink and your hospitality was, as ever, excellent.”

Taking the train for a Cinque Terre adventure

Taking the train for a Cinque Terre adventure

*** Don’t forget the Watermill’s great Early Bird discount offer: If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on our inspiring 2016 Italian language course. Che figata and we’ll try to make sure there are holes in all you doughnuts!