TAC: letter G

Now we all know I’ve been ghastly at this, and because time-wise the situation is not showing any sign of improvement, I’ve decided to do this as simply as I can and hopefully expand and catch up on bygone months as soon as my schedule allows me to. When life gives you lemons.. you write shitty TAC posts.

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The letter G in Italian has two possible sounds:

  1. a sweet sound expressed by the phonetic sign [ʤ]
  2. and a hard sound, [g]

it is then used in combination with other letters to form digraphs and trigraphs such as “ghi“, “gi“, “gli” ([ʎ]), “gn” ([ɲ]), etc. Boring? Not so much really, because now you see why there’s no J in the Italian language: there’s no need for it as the same sound is being covered by combinations of other letters.

A few examples to make this stiffness much more useful in real life:

  1. la giacca –> the jacket; una giacca –> a jacket
  2. il gatto –> the cat; un gatto –> a cat

I added definite (il, la) & indefinite (un, una) articles because EVERY word in Italian comes with a gender and a number – we don’t go as far as inflecting the casus as they do in Germany, but you can’t escape the feminine or masculine? one or many? dilemma. 😜

Simply put, this means that the word “gatto” already tells you that I’m talking about one cat (it’s singular) and that the cat in question is a male (the word ends with -o). So you see, on one hand it seems like a lot to learn, but on the other there’s less room for misunderstanding and the anonymisation of pets and things. 😀

Had the cat in question been a she, “gatta“. Had they been more than 1 female, “gatte“. Males or a mixed group, “gatti“.

This applies to most words, so now you already know that when you order ONE it’s un panino, when you want >1 it’s panini. If it’s one it’s una zucchina, and when it’s more it’s zucchine. Una pizza, more pizze. 🙌🏻

ì++++++++  <– and this is what Mr. T. had to say on the subject – very poignant. 😀

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Do you have some stitching to go with this pro-grammatic lesson of yours? We start to miss your absence of TAC posts..

I sure do!

🤓 This is a very old snap of a gatto:

WIP - Margaret Sherry - Cute Kitty

and here is a much more recent gufo:

TAC: G, gufo

from the insanely adorable animal, comes the verb gufare which means to bring bad luck to someone by saying stuff like “oh you’re going to win that match with our eyes closed!” “it’s too easy to miss!” “even a baby in his sleep could do that, come on! we’ve got victory in our pockets!” or the opposite “you’re never going to make it” “that is so out of your league, you should have given up yesterday“, etc.

Wait, I’ve got a shot of a (minuscule) giacca too!

TAC: G, giacca

Appendix: other interesting words starting with G:

  • il/un giovanotto –> youngster
  • girotondo –> Ring a Ring o’Roses, which is a dash less cruent in Italian (no hints at death and plagues and flowers on your grave) 😛
  • giro –> turn, spin, etc. for example “andiamo a fare un giro” –> let’s go for a ride
  • and something that is rotondo had a round shape
  • girasole –> sunflower
  • ghiro –> dormouse
  • ghiaccio –> ice
  • giullare –> jester
  • giallo –> yellow
  • grigio –> grey
  • la/una ghirlanda –> wreath
  • Giulietta –> Juliet. This name drives from the name Giulia + the suffix –etta, which turns whatever you stick it to into an endearment, e.g. a bunny is a coniglio; a sweet little bunny is a coniglietto 

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So that’s it for this month, I’m sorry I’ve been a bit of a ghost lately but between everything and the dentista.. yes. Lots of that happened! 😟 🤕

Lots of love and happy stitching!

Chiara

THE ALPHABET CLUB link-up post – G –

Febbraio is here! (already!!)

Welcome back to THE ALPHABET CLUB!

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The Alphabet Club

this is an automatic link-up post: here you can add your link to this month’s post for letter G (or whatever your alphabet inspired you to feature) and keep up with everyone joining the Club. remember to paste the link to the actual post, not to the generic homepage of your blog.

how do I add my link? in order to add your link you need to use the blue the link-up  button you find just after this paragraph. it’s the only free way I found that would work on WordPress, but it does work quite nicely once you learn how to use it: simply click on it once, you’ll be redirected to the link-up page provided by inlinkz that I created for this month’s letter/detention.

I just added my entry for this month’s detention successfully (YAY!), what do I do now? you can leave a comment here saying you did so, I’ll definitely check from time to time to keep up with everyone’s contributions, but I’m sure other people would like to stay up to date, and leaving a comment is a good way to let them know new stuff came in ;)

where do I find other people’s links so that I can read their posts? just click on the blue link-up button. the link-up page provided by inlinkz that I created for this month’s letter/detention will list all the entries as they are added by the respective writer.

how much time do I have before the link-up expires? because this is a free tool, I cannot keep entries open indefinitely. this link-up page will stop working in 33 days from now, just before a new one opens for the following letter. this is how it will work for as long as TAC lasts. this doesn’t mean that next month nobody will be able to find our links and read our blog posts  it only means that nobody will be able to ADD their own links to a previous detention once a new detention starts.

I discovered TAC later on and would like to add a post for previous letters but their link-up expired, can I still do that? of course! that is so cool! thank you! 😊 just add each link to the current detention link-up post naming them after the letter; or simply write everything down in one blog post and link that up saying it’s a “catch-up post” 😉

you’ll see this post automatically repeat itself every month but the blue button will take you to the new link-up page 😊

you will also find these link-up posts listed in TAC’s main page together with all the info about it.

of course should you have any problems with inlinkz, just let me know using the contact form you find in my blog: write me all the info and I’ll try to fix it for you.

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Thank you so much for joining TAC and posting such wonderful entries!

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Chiara

Jan/Feb goals

According to tradition I will use the goal system which proved quite productive in the past year, but knowing me and how little time I have to indulge in what I like to do most, I decided to save myself the trouble of copying/pasting these posts every month with little to no change as far as progress goes.

Instead, I will share with you bimonthly goals and give you a rundown on the situation at least 6 times in 2016. 😉

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These continue to be the projects I will work on during January and February:

  • finish Story Time Sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery:
    • frame 11, Little Women 📖
    • frame 12, A Christmas Carol 👻🎄
    • bonus frame 13, The Great Gatsby 💰
  • fully finish the following smalls by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery:
    • All Hallows’ Eve
    • The Bee Keeper
    • Legendary Friends
    • Cozy Gingerbread Snow Globe
  • start and finish The Mysterious Hallowe’en Town by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
  • stitch clue 4 of A Very Merry Christmas Town by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
  • stitch part 4 of Christmas on Gingerbread Lane by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
  • fully finish the following projects by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery:
    • A Very Merry Christmas Town
    • Christmas on Gingerbread Lane
    • The Mysterious Hallowe’en Town
  • work on the Cindermice Stitch Along by What Delilah Did
  • finish Holly & Hearts by Lizzie*Kate
  • finish Cute Kitty by Margaret Sherry
  • work on Frosty Forest by Country Cottage Needleworks
  • work on ’14 and ’15 Advent Band Sampler by iStitch Designs

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As you can see I chose lots of projects that require the same type of finish so that they will all look nice together (and it will be easier for me to break down these finishes into steps), and I allowed one start that was planned for last autumn anyways (to the point I have it on the very dowels I am using right now).

It really helps to have most of my 2015 WIPs left at 70% now that we’re starting to count finishes for 2016, eh? 😜 As it happens I am less than 30 stitches away from my very first finish! 🎉

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Now I have to go, I hope you enjoyed the holidays and managed to get some quiet time! 

See you soon! happy xxx!

Chiara

P.S. I hope you’re all excited as I am about Hobonichi and Midori planners because we’re going to see a lot of that this year! 😀

THE ALPHABET CLUB link-up post – F –

🎉 2016 has come! 🎉

Welcome back to THE ALPHABET CLUB!

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The Alphabet Club

this is an automatic link-up post: here you can add your link to this month’s post for letter F (or whatever your alphabet inspired you to feature) and keep up with everyone joining the Club. remember to paste the link to the actual post, not to the generic homepage of your blog.

how do I add my link? in order to add your link you need to use the blue the link-up  button you find just after this paragraph. it’s the only free way I found that would work on WordPress, but it does work quite nicely once you learn how to use it: simply click on it once, you’ll be redirected to the link-up page provided by inlinkz that I created for this month’s letter/detention.

I just added my entry for this month’s detention successfully (YAY!), what do I do now? you can leave a comment here saying you did so, I’ll definitely check from time to time to keep up with everyone’s contributions, but I’m sure other people would like to stay up to date, and leaving a comment is a good way to let them know new stuff came in ;)

where do I find other people’s links so that I can read their posts? just click on the blue link-up button. the link-up page provided by inlinkz that I created for this month’s letter/detention will list all the entries as they are added by the respective writer.

how much time do I have before the link-up expires? because this is a free tool, I cannot keep entries open indefinitely. this link-up page will stop working in 33 days from now, just before a new one opens for the following letter. this is how it will work for as long as TAC lasts. this doesn’t mean that next month nobody will be able to find our links and read our blog posts  it only means that nobody will be able to ADD their own links to a previous detention once a new detention starts.

I discovered TAC later on and would like to add a post for previous letters but their link-up expired, can I still do that? of course! that is so cool! thank you! 😊 just add each link to the current detention link-up post naming them after the letter; or simply write everything down in one blog post and link that up saying it’s a “catch-up post” 😉

you’ll see this post automatically repeat itself every month but the blue button will take you to the new link-up page 😊

you will also find these link-up posts listed in TAC’s main page together with all the info about it.

of course should you have any problems with inlinkz, just let me know using the contact form you find in my blog: write me all the info and I’ll try to fix it for you.

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Thank you so much for joining TAC and posting such wonderful entries!

I’ll be with you soon, I promise!

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Chiara

2015 in review

Sure we will have much much happier posts in the 2016 in review summary,

I wish you all a Happy New Year!

See you soon!

Chiara

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 47,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy New Year!

Just a quick recap of some of this year’s finishes to say goodbye to 2015 😊

2015 finishes 1/2

2015 finishes 2/2

See you in 2016! 😀

Lots of love and happy xxx,

Chiara

Merry Christmas!

May the Force to avoid holiday binging be with you.

Lots of love,

Chiara

Taras 12/15

Happy Catmas!