venerdì 26 settembre 2014


Prova invalsi di reading and comprehension

Prova invalsi di reading and comprehension

Leggi il testo a sinistra e prova a rispondere alle domande che ti vengono poste.
Sotto il quiz, a destra, troverai un piccolo glossario per le parole segnate in neretto

Prova Invalsi inglese terza media

Lots of people believe that numbers can bring good or bad luck or have special meanings. Here are some examples: 13 is a lucky number but 13 people sitting at the table is no good! Why? Because historians say that there were 13 people at Christ’s Last Supper and Christ was crucified on Friday 13th. So, Friday 13th is considered unlucky. 12 is a good number: the months of the year, the Apostles, the Zodiac Signs are all 12. A very bad number is 666, that is the number of the Devil says the Apocalypse, one of the books of the Bible.
90 is the number of fear and terror, because when you are scared your blood pressure goes down to 90! Finally 7 is a very popular number: the days of the week, the muses, the virtues, the dwarfs, the number of days God needed to complete the Creation of the world and the Universe and the music notes. 3 is the number of perfection and it corresponds to the Holy Trinity. And the primary colours are 3: red, blue and yellow. All the colours of the world are made using them. In SMS language 3 means “I love you”, and 333, “I love you so much”. In Italy a lot of people believe that 17 is unlucky and they are very superstitious! For instance, Alitalia airplanes have no 17th row, Italian hotels do not have a seventeenth floor, and in some of them room number “17” is called “16bis”.
0 is considered to be only an imaginary number but it was a great invention! The difference between 3.30 and 300 is only some extra zeros, but those little circles are so important The word “zero” was coined by the Italian mathematician Leonardo Pisano, also called Fibonacci. He transformed the Arabic word, sifr (that means empty) into the Italian equivalent “zefiro”; this word then became zero. Many languages have adopted the word “zero”: English, Catalan, French, Portuguese, Rumanian, Spanish, Albanian, Polish and Japanese.
Here are some curiosities about numbers.
In Italian the expression a chilometri zero (in zero kilometres from any location) means “local”. For instance, un gelato a chilometri zero translates as “an ice-cream produced with local products”.
In English there are words that contain 0 vowels. Here are some examples: myth, rhythm, hymn. But in the English language, there is a word with just ONE vowel which is reapeted 6 times: indivisibility.
The most common two-letter words in order of frequency are: of, to, in, it, is, be, as, at, so, we, he, do, if, me, my, go, no.
“Skiing” is the only word in the English language with TWO i.
… and finally: the 26-letter word precipitevolissimevolmente (“as fast as possible”), created in 1677, is one of the longest words in the Italian language while the 27-letter word “sovramagnificentissimamente”(“in a very very very magnificent way”), used by Dante in the 14th century, was the longest word in the Italian language of the past.

Last Supper=Ultima Cena
Zodiac Signs=segni zodiacali
get down=scendere
Holy Trinity= Santissima Trinità
local=del posto

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