29. The Island of Glass (Listen Up & Learn)

LearnItalianPod Episode #29 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “The Island of Glass” (L’Isola del Vetro). – According to recent news, the island of Murano and its worldwide famous glass making tradition are in real danger of disappearing soon. A decreasing labor supply and most importantly, the growing competition from China and Eastern Europe, are putting this “100% made in Italy” glass making industry on its knees. But the Venetian glass makers are not ready to surrender yet…

So, let’s pay a tribute to this fantastic artistic tradition by learning about its fascinating story and cultural aspects. – Then as usual, after listening to the story, take the “7 Question Challenge” to test your comprehension, speaking, and grammar skills. Enjoy!

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Listen Up & Learn – Episode #29

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2 thoughts on “29. The Island of Glass (Listen Up & Learn)”

  1. Such a shame this is happening. I was in Venice for my honeymoon and of course I went to visit Murano. It’s a true piece of Italian creativity would be terrible if it was lost. — Go Murano glass makers! 

  2.  Thank you Jody – Yes, watching the Murano’s glass makers working is just amazing. I had the pleasure of meeting one a while ago; it really takes years of practice to make even the simplest piece of artistic glass.

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