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by Alesha Allen | Fri, 03/20/2020 - 06:25
When asking a friend what time you should meet for lunch, she may say ‘a mezzogiorno’ – at midday, at noon, or at 12pm.  However, when Italians use the word ‘…
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by Alesha Allen | Fri, 02/21/2020 - 03:35
Carnival season can be a wonderful time to visit the cities, towns and villages all over Italy. With processions, masks, colours, music, dancing and special…
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by Kristie Prada | Thu, 02/06/2020 - 06:29
Any parent with a connection to Italy is probably dreaming of bringing up little bilingual babies who speak Italian, understand the culture and can make…
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by Alesha Allen | Thu, 01/09/2020 - 16:13
A question my friends and I used to ask each other regularly when I lived in Italy was: what are you doing on Saturday evening? This would then spark a…
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by Alesha Allen | Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:18
Ci and ne are called particelle (particles) and are widely used in Italian. You may have heard them or seen them written down but were not sure how to use them…
Food + Wine
by Silvia Donati | Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:00
Ristorante, trattoria, osteria, bar, tavola calda, pizzeria, paninoteca, rosticceria, etc. When you travel to Italy, chances are you’ll come across many of the…
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by Alesha Allen | Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:37
For many of us, Italy is a place where we can just sit back and relax. You can use the English word in Italian to refer to a state of relaxation - il relax. Ho…
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by Alesha Allen | Thu, 03/24/2016 - 11:18
When talking about the clocks going forward and backward, we can use the expressions: -  cambiare l’ora - change the clocks -  mettere un’ora in avanti/…
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by Alesha Allen | Wed, 02/24/2016 - 05:52
There is a general rule for plural and singular nouns in Italian: -  masculine singular nouns end in -o -  masculine plural nouns end in -i -  feminine…
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by ITALY | Mon, 02/08/2016 - 04:00
Even when describing a tragedy like the one of Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta punished together in hell for their adultery, ‘la bella lingua’ in the…