41. The Mayor’s Water (Culture Shot)

LearnItalianPod Learn Italian with LearnItalianPod. VIP Member Gloria was in Venice just a few days ago. She wrote us an incredibly nice email, where she says: “As I was walking around this marvelous city, I couldn’t help but notice a lot of billboards featuring the smiling mayor of Venice saying ‘Anch’io bevo l’acqua del Sindaco’ (I, too, drink the Mayor’s water). At first, I thought it was some kind of joke, but then my Italian friend Carlo explained to me: that’s actually the city of Venice promoting what was previously unthinkable: that Venetians should drink tap water”.

So, let’s dedicate this Culture Shot to “The Mayor’s Water” and let’s see what’s making this advertising campaign run by the city of Venice so unique! On the grammar section, we will review some of the most interesting expressions from the story giving grammar rules and extra examples. You will find a lot of useful Italian language to learn on this lesson, so let’s get right to it!

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Culture Shot – Episode Nr.41


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3 thoughts on “41. The Mayor’s Water (Culture Shot)”

  1.  I’m finding this episode, like so many of the others in the Culture Shot, Upper Intermediate and Canta che ti passa series really helpful. I hadn’t realised until this episode the distinction between la fine, meaning the end/finish and il fine meaning the aim/purpose. I love the way in which there’s always so much extra than first meets the eye to get out of these podcasts.

  2.  Il consiglio di Luigi non venne ascoltato.
    “venne” is passato remoto, right?
    I hoped I would never have to learn that.

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