Continuing Bill’s adventures with the Italian language: sopranos and mouthwash

Coloratura or collutorio?
We posted this story in the Watermill’s March newsletter (Click here for all our latest news), but thought it might amuse our Watermill blog audience as well.

Bill’s adventures with the Italian language continue: In the local pharmacy recently he startled the girl behind the counter by asking confidently for coloratura. After looking around vaguely, she asked him to repeat his request. “Vorrei un pò di coloratura,” Bill repeated. The assistant looked around again but could see no sign of a lyrical soprano singer. Bill mimed raising a glass to his lips and gargling. Recognition dawned: “Ah! Collutorio!” Yes, that’s the Italian for mouthwash.

You’ll make no such gaffes if you join us on our Italian language course this Summer!

Language GiuliaWe’ve teamed up again with the prestigious Florence language school, Langues Services, and tutor Giulia Balestri to design a week in which people can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way ever. 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 you’ve learned.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.A couple of comments from last year’s language course: “We would like you to know how much we appreciated our stay with you at Posara. As hosts, you made us feel most welcome; and the combination of language lessons, food and excursions was excellently balanced. We were unaware of the Apuan mountain region – it is spectacularly beautiful. Altogether a unique and delightful experience. With fond memories of your lovely home and very personal hospitality.”

“What an amazing week. Thank you, Bill, Lois and your excellent team. Giulia was great, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. Can’t wait to do it all again….”

We’ve 12 people booked in for the week, one a non-participating partner, so we have room for two or three more people. Come and join us!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Giulia Balestri
30 June to 7 July 2018 
Italian language week
To learn more about Giulia and her course at The Watermill, please click here.

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