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New Courses & Activities at the Dante Society of British Columbia!

From our Friends at the Dante Society of British Columbia

1. WRITE FOR THE DANTE SOCIETY – Make yourself known in the ItalSphere!
Tell us about your last trip to Italy or anything that is related to Italy’s culture, language, territory and natural beauty. Share with us recipes, books, news, tips with an Italian touch and make yourself known in the ItalSphere! When you send us your posts/articles(300-1000 words) please also add a picture, a short bio (150 words max)& relevant links.
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1) ITALIAN CONVERSATION (levels 1 & 2) – JULY 26 to SEPT 18, 2021
This is your chance to practice your Italian & gain more confidence communicating with you fellow students &, hopefully one day, while traveling around Italy!
CONV. 1: Monday mornings (10:00 am to 12:00 pm PDT) OR
Thursday evenings (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm PDT);
CONV. 2: Monday evenings (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm PDT) OR
Wednesday mornings (10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT).
The course fee is $170 (tax incl.) for 8-weeks
To register & e-transfer: info

On Wednesday evenings (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm PDT).
The course fee is $150 (tax incl.) for 6-weeks
Iscrizioni & e-transfer: info

This course is open to all levels and does not assume any prior knowledge of Italian grammar. The lessons will include case studies from daily situations – e.g. restaurant, hotel, street directions, shopping – from which students can gain extensive understanding of Italian culture.

Thank you again and have a lovely day.

Kind regards,

Benedetta Franzini
marketing & Communication
The Dante Alighieri Society of British Columbia

“For the promotion of the Italian language & culture”

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DAS Membership Card

The Dante Alighieri Society of Washington is an official chapter of the Società Dante Alighieri, an international organization headquartered in Rome, Italy. When traveling in Italy, current Washington Chapter members are eligible to receive discounts at many museums and businesses. Information on the available discounts is available here and here.

To receive a discount, you must present a Dante Society Membership card with a sticker showing your membership is up to date. You can obtain a card and sticker at one of our meetings or by completing the request form available here.

Vancouver BC Dante Society February Programs

Dante Alighieri Society of BC February Events

The Dante Alighieri Society of BC is sponsoring two online events in February.

On February 4 at 6:30 a Canadian couple talks about buying a House in Tuscany – A dream come true.

On February 25 at 6:30 Italian Sociologist Francesco Morace talks about the “Italian Factor”, the Italian way to innovation and design thinking.

More information about these two presentations is available on the Dante Alighieri Society of BC website at; https://www.dantesocietybc.ca/cultural-events

Festa Italiana Quiz – Pasta of Italy

When: September 9, 2020
Speaker: Domenico Minotti
Topic: Virtual Festa Italiana Quiz

About the Speaker:

In the late 1920s, Nick’s parents emigrated from Sant’Angelo, Limosano, a small hilltop town in Molise. The population at that time was about 1000 but is now 345 as Nick learned on a visit last year. The family spoke their dialect at home. Nick studied Italian at Columbia University and Perugia and got lots of practice while on Fulbright study grants in Milan in the mid 60’s. Nick returned to the states and to his first love, medicine, at Georgetown University and came to Seattle in 1976 to work at the US Public Health Hospital on Beacon Hill, better known as the Marine Hospital. He and his father Pasquale would attend Dante meetings back then but took a break until retirement a few years ago. Nick serves as a Consigliere for our Dante group.

About the Presentation:

For the past several years, Domenico has prepared a quiz for Festa Italiana, an annual celebration of Italian culture, food and music held each year at the Seattle Center at the end of August. Since this year’s Festa Italiana will be virtual, Domenico has prepared a virtual quiz to go along with that. The quiz was premiered at the Dante Alighieri Society’s English Language meeting held virtually on Zoom. Links to the quiz and the answer key along with a recording of the presentation are below.

PowerPoint Presentation (English Version)

PowerPoint Presentation (Italian Version)

Festa Quiz 2020 (Italian)

Festa Quiz 2020 (English)

Festa Quiz 2020 Answer Key

Recording of Presentation on September 9, 2020



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