Talk with Seth

๐Ÿ‘‹ Hello! Iโ€™m an online teacher living in Rome, Italy. How can I help you improve your English? ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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Photos from Talk with Seth's post 05/03/2024

๐Ÿค” Have you ever heard of the word 'perfunctory'? It's a bit of a rare in our everyday language, perfect for those moments when things are done just for the sake of doing them, without much care or thought.

๐Ÿ“– Etymology of 'Perfunctory':
The word 'perfunctory' comes from the Late Latin 'perfunctorius', which means 'careless' or 'superficial'. It's derived from 'perfungor', meaning 'to perform' or 'to get through with'. This gives 'perfunctory' its sense of doing something just to get it done, without putting in much effort or attention.

๐Ÿ“ Examples of 'Perfunctory':
1. "His nod was perfunctory, barely acknowledging the speaker."
2. "The check-up was perfunctory, missing important details."
3. "Her reply was perfunctory, lacking any real interest."

๐ŸŒŸ How do you try to keep everyday tasks meaningful and not just perfunctory! Let us know in the comments.

Photos from Talk with Seth's post 01/03/2024

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Spring is here! ๐ŸŒธ What are YOU craving this March?

Trade in those winter blues for the vibrant flavors of spring! Italy's markets are bursting with fresh produce, zesty citrus, and delicious seafood. ๐Ÿ˜‹ Let's dive into March's seasonal bounty:

โ˜€๏ธ Springtime Fruits

* ๐Ÿ‹ Zesty Lemons (Limoni): Perfect for lemonade, dressings, or a pop of flavor in desserts.
* ๐Ÿ Sweet & Crisp Apples (Mele): Enjoy as a snack or baked into a delicious treat.
* ๐Ÿฅ Vitamin-packed Kiwi (Kiwi): Fuzzy and delicious!

๐ŸŒฑ Fresh Spring Vegetables

* ๐Ÿฅฆ Artichokes (Carciofi): Steamed, grilled, or fried โ€“ a classic Italian delicacy.
* ๐Ÿฅฌ Tender Asparagus (Asparagi): Roast it, add it to pasta... spring on a plate!
* ๐Ÿ’š Fava Beans (Fave): A seasonal delight in salads, soups, or as a simple side.
* ๐Ÿฅฆ Cima di rapa (Broccoli Rabe / Rapini): This Southern Italian veggie might be new to most English speakers outside of Italy), but it's packed with flavor!

๐ŸŸ Sustainable Seafood Options

* ๐ŸŸ Flavorful Anchovies (Acciughe): Marinate them, add to pizza... so versatile!
* ๐Ÿš Steamed Clams (Vongole): A classic, or try the famous spaghetti alle vongole.
* ๐ŸŸ Versatile Sea Bream (Orata): Grill it whole with herbs and lemon โ€“ perfection!
* ๐Ÿ  Remember: Fish names can change a lot from region to region! Focus on enjoying fresh, seasonal catches.

๐Ÿ˜‹ Let's Get Cooking!

* What's YOUR favorite way to use these March ingredients?
* Do you have any go-to spring recipes?
* Share your cooking tips and photos below! ๐Ÿ‘‡

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Photos from Talk with Seth's post 20/02/2024

๐ŸŒŸ Ever had something happen right under your nose, completely unaware? That's the essence of 'unbeknownst' โ€“ a word that brings the mystery of the unknown into our everyday lives.

๐Ÿ“ Example Sentences:
1. Unbeknownst to the team, their manager had planned an appreciation lunch.
2. The cat, unbeknownst to its owner, had become a neighborhood celebrity.
3. Unbeknownst to the teacher, the students had organized a class project.
4. He finished the report a week early, unbeknownst to his colleagues.
5. Unbeknownst to her, her best friend had been planning a surprise visit.

โ“ Have you ever been the mastermind behind a plan or event, unbeknownst to others? Maybe a surprise party or a secret project? Share your stories of being the secret planner!


๐Ÿ’ฌ Life's too short for just one way of saying things, right? When asking "When do you get back?" why not mix it up with some casual or even whimsical flair?

๐Ÿคช Here's are even more ways!
"When are you heading back this way?"
"What's the countdown to your return?"
"How long till you're gracing us with your presence again?" (yes, we really say this and it's even rather normal!)
"When's the grand re-entry?"

๐Ÿคญ Injecting a bit of humor or casualness can lighten up the conversation and bring a smile

๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ. Got any other quirky expressions in mind? Or which one would you use? Share in the comment!

Photos from Talk with Seth's post 06/02/2024

๐ŸŽ‰ 'Mingle,' a social butterfly's favorite verb. It's all about mixing, combining, and interacting in various contexts.

๐Ÿ“– Etymology: 'Mingle' comes from the Old English 'mengan,' meaning to mix or blend. Over time, it's also taken on a social connotation, representing the art of meeting and interacting with people.

๐ŸŒˆ Example Sentences in Context:
At the networking event, he was hesitant at first but soon began to mingle with confidence.
Artists often find inspiration in the way different styles and ideas mingle in their work.
She loved to mingle at cultural festivals, embracing the diversity and energy around her.
The way different musical notes mingle in a symphony can be truly magical.

๐Ÿ’ฌ Do you have a friend now, who you met while casually mingling at a party, at school or some other social event? Share your experiences in the comments!

Photos from Talk with Seth's post 01/02/2024

๐ŸŠ February might be chilly and gray, but in Italy, it still promises a delightful array of culinary choices, especially brimming with citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables. It's a time when the sour-sweet scents of oranges, lemons, clementines, and grapefruits fill the air, each bursting with vitamin C to brighten up those winter days. And let's not overlook the crispness of apples and the soft sweetness of pears, both perfect for fresh eating or turning into warm, spiced desserts.

๐Ÿ‹ Citrus and Fruits:
- Oranges: Sweet and zesty, perfect for juices or adding a citrusy punch to dishes.
- Lemons: Ideal for zesting and juicing, adding a bright flavor to any meal.
- Clementines and Tangerines: Seedless and sweet, easy to p*el for a quick snack or a tangy addition to desserts.
- Grapefruits: Juicy and slightly bitter, wonderful in salads or broiled with a touch of sugar.
- Apples: Crisp and versatile, from fresh slices to baked treats.
- Pears: Soft and sweet, excellent when poached or in pastries.

๐Ÿฅฌ Vegetables:
- Kale: Dark and leafy, with a tangy bite that's great in soups or salads.
- Leeks: Mild and onion-like, perfect for adding depth to soups and stews.
- Lettuce: Crisp and fresh, a staple for salads.
- Artichokes: Earthy and rich, delicious when steamed or grilled.
- Fennel: Anise-flavored and crunchy, adds a fresh note to dishes.
- Cauliflower and Broccoli: Both hearty and filling, ideal for roasting or in casseroles.

๐ŸŸ Fish:
- Cod: Mild and flaky, excellent for baking or in fish stews.
- Hake: Delicate and sweet, versatile for many cooking methods.
- Sardines: Small and rich in flavor, perfect grilled or in pasta.
- Sea Bass: Firm and meaty, ideal for grilling or pan-searing.

๐ŸŒ Remember, eating what's in season is not just a treat for your taste buds; it's also a step towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿณ So, tell me, how do you prepare these wonderful winter offerings? Share your recipes and cooking tips, and let's make this February a month full of flavor and warmth!

Photos from Talk with Seth's post 23/01/2024

๐Ÿง๐Ÿฝ Let's look at 'bystander', a term we hear often enough but might not fully understand. A bystander is someone who is present at an event yet remains uninvolved. Itโ€™s someone who stands by, observing but not participating.

๐ŸŒ Just what is a bystander? Essentially, a bystander is an onlooker or a witness, often seen at public events or accident.

๐ŸŒŸ 'Bystander' in context:
- A bystander at the park helped retrieve the child's lost balloon from a tree.
- During the marathon, bystanders cheered the runners on enthusiastically.
- The museum's bystanders were captivated by the unveiling of the new exhibit.
- As bystanders at the historical reenactment, they got a glimpse of the past.

๐Ÿ’ฌ Your turn! Share with us a time when you were a bystander. What did you witness? How did it feel to be just 'standing by'? Comment below!

Photos from Talk with Seth's post 17/01/2024

๐Ÿ” Ever wondered about the word 'gingerly'? It's a unique one, often slipping into our conversations.

๐ŸŒŸ "Gingerly" in Different Forms:
- As an Adjective: "Her gingerly manner of sp*ech showed her careful consideration."
- As an Adverb: "He stepped gingerly onto the slippery path."
- As a Noun: "The gingerliness in her approach was evident in her every move."

๐Ÿ“š Etymology Mystery:
The origin of 'gingerly' is a bit of a puzzle. It might trace back to Old French 'gensor,' meaning 'delicate.' Yet, this connection is speculative, and etymologists tread gingerly around its history, acknowledging the uncertainties in its roots.

๐Ÿ’ฌ Your Turn:
- How do you handle delicate situations gingerly?
- What are some items in your home that you treat gingerly?

Photos from Talk with Seth's post 09/01/2024

๐ŸŽฉโœจ Today, we look at a word that's as powerful as it is formal: "Calumny". This term goes beyond mere gossip; it's a deliberate act to tarnish someoneโ€™s good name with falsehoods.

๐Ÿข๐Ÿ’ฌ In the twisting corridors of office politics, calumny is an unwelcome guest, whispering insidious tales that can tarnish a lifetime of good work. Imagine the shock when a respected colleague faces calumny, based on nothing but envy and spite.

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธโš–๏ธ Moving through the word family of "calumny," we encounter its deceitful relatives:
- Calumnious accusations often do more harm than the truth.
- To launch a calumny is to start a fire that burns bridges and trust alike.
- The calumniation that followed the celebrity scandal was both swift and merciless.

๐Ÿ“โœจ Now it's your turn to play with this word. Can you construct a sentence where "calumny" plays a central role? Maybe share a synonym that resonates with you? Drop your linguistic prowess in the comments!

Photos from Talk with Seth's post 04/01/2024

โœจ January in Italy brings a new year and a new array of seasonal flavors! This month is all about sustainable indulgence, featuring produce like zesty grapefruits, aromatic fennels, and nourishing beetroots. Embracing these seasonal treasures is not just a culinary joyโ€”it's a step towards environmental stewardship.

Savor more of January's bounty:
๐ŸŠ Fruits: Kiwis, many citrus varieties ( (remember, specific citrus names can get confusingโ€”don't worry about it, just enjoy the flavor!)
๐Ÿฅ• Vegetables: Leeks, Cauliflower, Spinach
๐ŸŒŠ Gifts from the Sea: Anchovies, Mullet, Sole (names vary from country to country, but it's the taste that counts!)

๐ŸŒ Each seasonal choice helps reduce our ecological footprint and bolsters local agriculture.

โœ๏ธ What are your January favorites? Share your picks and planet-friendly recipes below! ๐Ÿด


๐Ÿšฝ Dive into the world of, well... urgency! Sometimes, "I have to p*e" just doesn't do justice to that frantic feeling. Let's have some fun! ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Besides the catchy phrases you've spotted:
1. My bladder's about to explode! ๐Ÿ’ฅ
2. I'm on the verge of a personal flood! ๐ŸŒŠ
3. The dam's about to break! ๐Ÿž
4. Got a full tank here! โ›ฝ
5. My personal alarm is ringing! ๐Ÿ””

A little more laughter for you:
- "There's waterfall waiting to happen!" ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ˜ณ
- "Someone lead me to the throne!" ๐Ÿšฝ๐Ÿ‘‘

๐Ÿ˜‚ Do you have hilarious ways to express this oh-so-relatable feeling? Maybe some gems from your own language? Share and make us giggle below! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ‘‡

Keep laughing, keep learning, and always know where the nearest restroom is! ๐Ÿšป๐Ÿ˜… # AdvancedEnglishExpressions

Photos from Talk with Seth's post 15/12/2023

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Beware of deceptive words!

๐Ÿ” In English, "preoccupied" means being mentally absorbed in something, like being lost in one's thoughts. For example: "She was so preoccupied with her work that she forgot her coffee on the roof of her car."

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น In contrast, "preoccupato" in Italian directly translates to "worried" or "concerned." Like: "Sono molto preoccupato per l'esame di domani" (I am very worried about tomorrow's exam).

โ“ Why the confusion? While both words share the root "occupy," their meanings have evolved differently in each language.

๐Ÿค” Now, tell us: Whatโ€™s preoccupying you these days? Or, is there something you're worrying about? Share in the comments!

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๐Ÿ‘๏ธโ€๐Ÿ—จ๏ธ Under His Eye. ๐Ÿ‘๏ธโ€๐Ÿ—จ๏ธ Join the compelling journey through Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" with our specialized course! Engage in intimate group discussions, deep sharing, and thought-provoking debates to enhance your understanding of this dystopian classic.

โ€ผ๏ธ Act fast! Limited availability! Only 6 students per session!
๐Ÿ“… Offering the course at two times:
- Mondays at 7pm: 8 consecutive weeks from 15/01
- Wednesdays at 7pm: 8 consecutive weeks from 17/01
๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ I, Seth, will guide you through this immersive experience. Immerse yourself in rich discussions and critical analysis to deepen your comprehension and English skills.
๐Ÿฆ Course fee: โ‚ฌ120, to be paid before the first lesson. This includes:
- 8 group lessons
- Reading guide and resources
- Access to a dedicated WhatsApp group for ongoing discussions
- All course materials (presentations, extra resources, etc.)
๐Ÿ“– The book "The Handmaid's Tale" in English will be required (Available on Amazon for less than โ‚ฌ15. I'll assist you with this post-registration).
๐Ÿ”ž Disclaimer: "The Handmaid's Tale" contains mature themes. Not recommended for individuals under 18 years old. ๐Ÿ”ž
โ€ผ๏ธDonโ€™t miss this chance to delve into one of literature's most challenging and insightful works! Secure your spot now and explore this riveting narrative with me!

Photos from Talk with Seth's post 12/12/2023

๐Ÿ‘‹ Hey there, ESL learners! Let's dive into the word of the day: "Mishap"! ๐Ÿ“š

Definition: A "mishap" is like a little oopsie moment, a small accident, or a funny mistake that happens unexpectedly. ๐Ÿ˜…

Etymology: The word "mishap" has its roots in Old English, where "mis-" meant bad, and "hep" or "heap" meant a chance or fortune. So, it's like a bad chance or unfortunate fortune!

Now, let's see it in action with some examples:

1. ๐Ÿš— On the Road: Ever had a mishap like a flat tire during a road trip? ๐Ÿšฆ
2. ๐Ÿก In the Kitchen: Oops! I added salt instead of sugar to my coffee. Just a little mishap but ... Yuck! โ˜•
3. โœˆ๏ธ Travel Tales: Share your travel mishaps! Like missing a flight or getting lost in a new city. ๐Ÿ˜„
4. ๐ŸŽ‰ Celebrations Gone Wrong: Tell us about a party mishap that turned into a funny memory. ๐Ÿฅณ

Now, it's your turn! ๐Ÿคฉ Have you ever had a kitchen mishap while cooking your favorite dish? Spill the beans (not literally) in the comments! ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿณ


๐ŸŒŸ In a world where we hustle and bustle, offering a hand ๐Ÿค can be the beacon of light someone needs. When you want to extend your support and show that you care, why stick to the mundane? Letโ€™s give our words a little finesse and panache!

A cascade of eloquent ways to extend your support:
๐Ÿ "Would you appreciate some guidance on this?"
๐ŸŒผ "If you need a pair of hands or ears, I'm here."
๐Ÿ‚ "How can I be of service in this endeavor?"
๐ŸŒธ "Should you require aid, please donโ€™t hesitate to inform me."
๐Ÿƒ "Wishing to contribute; just point me in the right direction."
๐ŸŒน "Whenever youโ€™re ready, I stand by to assist."

Each phrase is not just an offer of help, but an expression of genuine care and solidarity. Every word we choose holds power and resonance. So why not make it harmonious and meaningful?

Extending support goes beyond mere words. Itโ€™s the intent, the tone, the timely offer that can make a world of difference.

How do you graciously offer your assistance to those around you? Do you have a favorite phrase in your language that has worked wonders? Share your gems ๐Ÿ’Ž in the comments.

Photos from Talk with Seth's post 05/12/2023

๐ŸŒŸ Phrasal verbs, those quirky two or three-word phrases, can be a playful twist in your language journey. They color our conversations and bring depth to our dialogues. Today, let's explore variations of 'play' and see how they can paint our narratives!

๐ŸŽฎ "To play against" isn't just for sports; it's about facing any challenge head-on. "This weekend, I'll play against my fear of heights and go rock climbing!" โ›ฐ๏ธ๐ŸฅŠ

๐Ÿ“ˆ "To play up" often finds its place in our stories when we need to emphasize the drama: "At the meeting, I decided to play up our team's success to boost morale." ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ‘

๐ŸŽ‰ "To play along" is a versatile actor on the stage of English, perfect for those moments of collaboration or gentle deception. "At the office April Fools' joke, I played along, acting surprised when I found my desk wrapped in foil." ๐Ÿ˜„๐ŸŽˆ

Creating your own examples and integrating these phrases into your life stories not only enhances your vocabulary but also anchors them in your mind. The more vivid the experience, the stronger the memory will be. So let's put this into practice!

Can you recall a time when you had to 'play along' with a whimsical idea, even though you had your doubts? Maybe you pretended to believe a tall tale or humored a friend's wild conspiracy theory? Share your most memorable anecdotes below and watch how these phrasal verbs come to life!


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๐ŸŽ„โœจ In Italy, December isn't just a festive month; it's a celebration of sustainable eating! Embracing seasonal produce like fragrant oranges, crisp artichokes, and hearty beans isn't just deliciousโ€”it's an act of environmental kindness. ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŒฟ

Feast on these winter wonders:
๐Ÿ‡ Fruits: Persimmons, Clementines, Lemons
๐Ÿฅฆ Vegetables: Radicchio, Black Cabbages, Leeks
๐ŸŒŠ Sea's Offerings: Sea Bass, Cod, Sole

Every bite sourced from the season's harvest reduces our carbon footprint and supports local farming. Let's share our love for the planet, one seasonal dish at a time!

What's your go-to December delight? ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Tell us below!


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Embrace the mellowness! ๐Ÿ‚

The word "mellow" has roots going back to the 15th century, initially describing ripe, sweet, and juicy fruit. Over time, it evolved to capture softness, richness, and maturity in colors, sounds, and character too.

Let's explore its various forms:

Adjective: "The mellow tones of the dusk painted the sky with a soft, rich color." ๐ŸŽจ

Verb: "As the years passed, his harsh outlook mellowed into a more understanding perspective." โณ

Noun: "The mellowness of the evening brought a tranquil ambiance." ๐ŸŒ†

Phrasal Verb: "After a hectic day, it's essential to mellow out and find your peace." ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ

Gerund: "The mellowing of wine over time enhances its flavor." ๐Ÿท

What do you do to mellow out after a bustling day? Share your tranquil rituals below! ๐Ÿ›

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๐Ÿž Welcome to my kitchen where we're giving a round of applause to this classic stuffing recipe โ€“ a festive favorite with a twist!

โœจ From a humble loaf to a feast for the senses, this stuffing is the heart of any meal. It's about more than just filling; it's about creating a centerpiece that warms the soul with each herby, golden bite. ๐ŸŒฟ

๐Ÿช„The magic unfolds in a few simple steps:
- Toasted Croutons: Bread cubes baked to crisp perfection. ๐Ÿฅ–
- Veggie Medley: Onions, celery, and garlic sautรฉed to aromatic excellence. ๐Ÿง…๐ŸŒฟ
- Herb Fusion: Sage and parsley bringing the traditional holiday flavors to life. ๐Ÿƒ
- Golden Bake: All mixed together and baked until it's just the right shade of delicious. ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ”ฅ

๐Ÿ“ฃ Tell me ... how does stuffing (or its equivalent) look on your dinner table? What are the unique flavors and ingredients you use in your country or region?
๐ŸŒ Whether it's a regional herb, a particular bread, or a unique spice, tell us how you make stuffing your own. What's your go-to for a dish that says 'home'?

๐Ÿ’ฌ Drop your comments below and letโ€™s dish about stuffing!


Check out the full recipe in my carousel and letโ€™s get those ovens preheated! This recipe was taken from here:

Photos from Talk with Seth's post 20/11/2023

๐Ÿฆƒ Celebrate your own Thanksgiving with this simple yet spectacular Roasted Turkey Breast. This recipe brings the essence of the holiday to your table and is versatile enough for any day.

๐Ÿ‚ The Significance of Turkey at Thanksgiving: More than a meal, turkey symbolizes abundance and shared moments, uniting families over a feast of flavors and memories.

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿณ Why This Recipe Rocks: Ideal for beginners and experts alike, this turkey breast recipe is simple, requiring few ingredients for a flavor-packed result. Perfect for family dinners or festive occasions.

๐ŸŒŸ Pairing Perfection:
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes ๐Ÿฅ”: A smooth and buttery side that pairs beautifully with the turkey.
- Savory Bread Stuffing ๐Ÿž: Infuse each bite with herbs and a touch of nostalgia.
- Rich Gravy ๐Ÿถ: Drizzle over the turkey for a savory, heartwarming touch.
- Classic Cornbread ๐ŸŒฝ: A sweet and savory delight that's a staple at any Thanksgiving table.
- Glazed Carrots ๐Ÿฅ•: Add a sweet and colorful side to balance the savory flavors.
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts ๐Ÿƒ: These crispy greens bring a delightful earthiness to your feast.

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Anytime is Turkey Time: This dish is a year-round star, suited for Sunday roasts, special days, or whenever you're in the mood for something special.

๐Ÿค” Have you ever tackled cooking an entire turkey before? How do you usually cook your turkey? Share your experiences and tips in the comments below!

Full recipe here:

Photos from Talk with Seth's post 15/11/2023

โ„๏ธ Get into the festive spirit with 'A Christmas Carol', the classic by Charles Dickens, in our intimate 5-week book club! ๐ŸŽ„ This enchanting story is not just a wonderful way to prepare for Christmas, but also a fantastic opportunity to enhance your English skills.

๐ŸŽ Designed for adult, advanced non-native English speakers and led by a native English-speaking teacher, our club focuses on rich, in-depth conversations. We'll delve into the significant themes and life lessons embedded in the book.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ With a maximum of 6 students per group, you're assured personal contact and guidance from the teacher.
๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Starting soon!
Two times are available for a 1-hour lesson beginning on this date for 5 consecutive weeks.
- Monday November 20 from 6:30-7:30pm
- Thursday, November 23 from 9-10am
๐Ÿ’ฐ The course costs โ‚ฌ75
๐Ÿ“ฉ Spaces are limited - DM me to secure your place now!

Get ready for meaningful discussions and festive cheer! Join us on this literary adventure!

Photos from Talk with Seth's post 14/11/2023

๐ŸŒŸ Word of the Day: 'Utmost' ๐ŸŒŸ

Definition: 'Utmost' means the *highest or greatest degree* of something. ๐Ÿ™Œ. It can be used at an adjective or a noun.

Etymology: This word has some cool history! It comes from Middle English "utemost," which was formed by combining "ut" (out) and "mest" (most). So, it literally means "the most out" or "the farthest point."

Example Sentences:
1๏ธโƒฃ "I gave my utmost in the English class and aced the test!" ๐Ÿ“šโœ๏ธ
2๏ธโƒฃ "She put her utmost into the artwork, and it turned out stunning." ๐ŸŽจโœจ
3๏ธโƒฃ "When cooking, using the freshest ingredients is of utmost importance for delicious results." ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ
4๏ธโƒฃ "Exploring Rome's hidden gems with a local guide was an utmost adventure!" ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Now, I want to hear from YOU! ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Have you ever given your utmost effort in achieving something? Share your story in the comments below, and let's celebrate your determination together!


๐ŸŽฉ When an invitation graces your mailbox ๐Ÿ’Œ, why not respond with flair and grace?

A sprinkle of elegance to RSVP in style: (these are very creative! ๐Ÿคช)
๐Ÿท "Your invitation truly honors me; count me in."
๐ŸŒท "Such a privilege to join; heartiest thanks."
๐ŸŒŒ "Stars align; with gratitude, I accept."
๐Ÿ€ "Luck is mine; can't wait to be a part of it!"
โณ "Time awaits our rendezvous; delighted to attend."

โœจ How do you accept invitations with a twist of elegance? Share below! ๐Ÿ’ฌ



Hope this feels more in line with your style!

Photos from Talk with Seth's post 07/11/2023

๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ Embark on a linguistic exploration with today's spotlight on the false cognates "denounce" and "denunciare."

๐Ÿ”น Similarities:
- Both "denounce" (English) and "denunciare" (Italian) are used in legal or formal contexts, where they can be used for reporting or accusing.
- They are used in formal accusations or notifications to authorities. They sound formal and official in these situations.

๐Ÿ”ธ Differences:
- "Denounce" often carries a stronger moral condemnation. It's points out wrongdoing and misdeeds. ๐Ÿ“ข
- On the flip side, "denunciare" maintains a more neutral demeanour, its usage more legal or official sounding. Itโ€™s the formal nod to the authorities, the official report on the desk. ๐Ÿ“„

๐Ÿ‘€ Spot any more false friends between English and Italian? Drop a comment and let me know what false friends make you crazy!


โœจ Ever noticed how English has a zillion ways to express just one feeling? Let's look at all many ways we can say, "I don't feel good" in fun and varied ways!

Besides the common ways you've seen:
1. I've got the blahs. ๐Ÿ˜’
2. I'm not up to s***f. ๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™‚๏ธ
3. I'm under the weather. โ˜”
4. I feel out of whack. ๐ŸŒ€
5. I'm off my game today. ๐ŸŽฒ

Letโ€™s jazz it up a bit more:
- "I feel like Iโ€™ve been dragged through a hedge backwards." ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ˜–
- "Iโ€™m not feeling 100%." ๐Ÿ’ฏโŒ
- "I'm running on low." ๐Ÿ”‹
- "Iโ€™ve seen better days." ๐ŸŒ…

๐Ÿคฉ Do you have any favorite ways to say you're not feeling top-notch? Or maybe some from your own language that we might not know? Share them below! ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ‘‡

Photos from Talk with Seth's post 01/11/2023

๐ŸHello, November!๐Ÿ The month where Italy's landscapes shimmer in russet hues and kitchens brim with comforting aromas. As the first winter chills nip at our heels, let's indulge in Italy's authentic and cozy November offerings!
๐Ÿฅฌ Letโ€™s kick things off with our beloved veggies! Turnips, beetroot, and artichokes grace our tables, promising both nutrition and taste. And did you know? Tuscanyโ€™s olive harvest reaches its peak, giving us the prized โ€œolio nuovoโ€ โ€“ a fresh, peppery olive oil, best enjoyed drizzled over bruschetta.
๐Ÿ  It's also a time when squash shines brightest. 'Butternut' for creamy risottos, 'Acorn' for sweet roasts, and letโ€™s not forget the 'Spaghetti Squash', a unique variant that, when cooked, resembles pasta strands, perfect with a drizzle of olive oil and garlic.
๐Ÿ‡ As vineyards wind down after the grape harvest, weโ€™re introduced to "vino novello," Italy's answer to Beaujolais Nouveau. Light and fruity, it's the first wine of the season, capturing the essence of the yearโ€™s harvest.
๐ŸŸ From the shimmering waters, November offers rich catches like dentex, red mullet, and the prized gilthead seabream. In regions like Liguria, the colder months mean the start of the anchovy season, cured and savored in multiple dishes.
๐ŸŽ Fruits, too, play their part. Persimmons, with their sweet, honeyed taste, become a favorite. Chestnut harvests in regions like Piedmont and Tuscany result in delightful treats, from roasted chestnuts sold on street corners to "castagnaccio," a chestnut flour cake.
๐ŸŒฑ Why emphasize Novemberโ€™s edibles? Because choosing seasonally and locally isnโ€™t just a gastronomic journey. Itโ€™s sustainability in action. Itโ€™s tradition and innovation on a plate. It's Italy, in all its November glory.
๐ŸŒŸ As we dive enter into November, I'm curiousโ€”what Italian dishes resonate with you this month? Share your culinary tales and inspire our community in the comments!

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