I’m finding that a daily podcast is a great way of improving my Italian and keeping abreast of Italian current affairs. Rai3 produces the excellent Prima Pagina, in which a guest journalist summarises the main stories in the day’s newspapers. Over the last 12 months I have followed the demise (but for how long?) of Silvio Berlusconi, the rise (but for how long?) of Matteo Renzi, and the ongoing trials and tribulations of the Italian economy, the Italian political system, and the Italian legal system.
Most frequently heard phrase: “In un paese normale…” [“In a normal country…”].
Word of the year: “rottamatore” [Literally, “scrapper” – Renzi’s nickname, for his promises to bring radical change to Italy’s ageing system.]