Italian Christmas Cakes: Panettone & Pandoro

Italian Christmas Cakes: Panettone & Pandoro

 

Italian Christmas cakes: Panettone & Pandoro

Given that my family have already eaten two Panettone in November! I thought it was time to write about the two main cakes you can expect in Italy at Christmas!

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Learn languages when it suits you with Preply

Learn languages when it suits you with Preply

Have you always wanted to refresh some school French? Or are your children struggling with Spanish and would like some extra tutoring? With Preply you can all learn from the comfort of your home.

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Italian Design: A nation of fashionistas or forward thinkers?

Italian Design: A nation of fashionistas or forward thinkers?

Since meeting my Italian Husband I’ve come to realise that firstly ‘La bella figura’ which means ‘To make a good impression’ is one of the most important traits in Italian culture and that appearance and design are at the heart of everything we touch.

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Language learning for children with One Third Stories!

Language learning for children with One Third Stories!

One Third Stories is a wonderful bilingual book company started by Alex Somervell and Jonny Pryn. I haven't come across anything quite like these beautiful books before so I wanted to learn more. How can these resources benefit our children and help them with language learning?

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One Third Stories: GIVEAWAY! (Closed)

One Third Stories: GIVEAWAY! (Closed)

Children start to learn languages at school in the UK age 7 years old. This is a bit of a revolution as until 2015 the starting age was 11. 

We all pick up languages easier the earlier we start, (The best time is ages 0-5!) After that it becomes more effort but it's still absolutely possible to master it. 

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Italian at Heart: Kelly's Dolce Vita

Italian at Heart: Kelly's Dolce Vita

Kelly Strobel of  Italian at Heart writes beautifully about her lost Italian heritage and how she will always ponder how she could have been bilingual. A beautiful, nostagic piece and one of Papa' Prada's favourites! 

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Italy: Land of opportunity?

Italy: Land of opportunity?

Italy has been suffering from a mass exodus of its talented young people for over 20 years. In that time half a million Italians aged between 18-39 have left for other European countries. Youth unemployment stands at just under 38%. One of the highest rates in the EU.

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Italian food: Top ten myths

Italian food: Top ten myths

Italians are very particular about their food as we know. Sometimes, like their other Latin cousins they get quite serious about it.

Here are just some of my observations from ten years of immersion in Italian life!

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My mother gift: Marcella Campana

My mother gift: Marcella Campana

If you grew up in the U.K. in the 80's you probably remember a campaign 'You never forget a good teacher'. This week on Mammaprada we have a wonderful article by Marcella Campana. Italian tennis coach, sports journalist, friend of tennis sporting heroes (think Seles, Navratilova, Comaneci) and generally a fabulous example of women following their passions and doing extraordinary things.

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What to Consider as you Raise Bilingual Children

What to Consider as you Raise Bilingual Children

This topic is the foundation of what Mammaprada is all about. We don't profess to be experts, we are simply parents hoping to pass on the best of our dual heritage to our children and to give them, in our eyes the benefit of two languages from birth.

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Mammaprada facts

Mammaprada facts

I thought it might be helpful to know a bit more about me. Who am I outside of being a Mamma?

I think we all know that feeling of wondering, what did I like before? Who was I? Can I even remember the things I loved, was passionate about? How did I like to spend my time?

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