The snow-laden beauty of the Italian Alps.
The warm, cheesy texture of pizza in Naples.
The smooth, glossy marble of the statues in Rome.
Italy is one of those glorious countries that has tons of character. It’s …
There’s a huge misconception that in order to speak and understand Italian (or any language) you must know a ton of vocabulary.
This is wrong!
Native speakers—of any language—across the globe know and use approximately 15,000 to 20,000 word families…
You can’t make a cake without the ingredients, no matter how shiny your whisk is.
In the same way, memorizing vocabulary is absolutely necessary for full mastery of Italian.
You may be able to conjugate irregular verbs or correctly use …
How do you turn one duckling into many? You might not like the answer:
There, I said it.
Did you shudder?
Many language learners do exactly that when they hear this word.
Until they learn that grammar is much …
“Grazie mille (Thanks a million),” you exclaim to your best friend for helping you move.
“Molte grazie (Thank you so much),” your grandmother expresses after you give her flowers for her birthday.
If you’re studying Italian, you’ll quickly realize that …
If you have ever been to an Italian gathering, you know that saying goodbye is no small feat.
Kisses, back pats, cheek squeezes and a tumble of earnest evocations may pour forth:
“A presto!” (See you soon!)
“Ci vediamo …
“My condolences!” you exclaim, as your suitcase clips another traveler at the airport.
“Please forgive me…” you mutter, as you push past somebody in a crowded store.
“Excuse me, pardon me,” you say to the friend whose birthday you just …
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