Author Archive | Michael Cristiano

Road Map to Success: 12 Italian Textbooks for Learners of Any Level

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Do you ever wish the road map for learning Italian was a little clearer?

It can be hard to choose the right option among the winding paths.

Should you start with vocabulary or basic grammatical structures?

Should you focus …

YouTube and Beyond: Learn Italian with Videos on 10 Terrific Resources


Don’t you wish someone would just explain the Italian language to you?

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could simplify adverb usage, unpack Italian indefinite articles, explain auxiliary verbs and help you distinguish between essere (to be) and stare 

6 Easy Italian Short Stories for Beginners: Online, Audio and Book Options


It’s the biggest conundrum of language learning:

How can you become an amazing Italian speaker when you’re short on time?

It’s easy: easy Italian short stories, that is.

Let’s face it: We all have limited free time. 

Even if you …

6 Italian Software Immersion Programs to Bring Italy to Your Home


Imagine studying Italian in Italy.

You’d wake up in the morning and wander to the nearest piazza (town square) for fresh espresso and biscotti (hard cookies).

Maybe today’s your day off from your Italian language studies, so you’re planning …

Learn Italian with Audio Through 7 Listening Comprehension Resources


Have you ever listened to a language and had it sound like gibberish, just a mess of consonants, vowels and intonation?

Worse, has that language ever been Italian?

Worst of all, has that language been Italian… even though you’d been …

The Definitive Guide to Italian Articles for Learning Them… Indefinitely

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Surprise trip to Italy!

Articles of clothing? Check.

Indefinite supply of sunglasses? Check!

And what about brushing up on those travel phrases? Double check!

But wait! While you’re reviewing those travel phrases, why not review some Italian, too? I’m …

The Uses and Conjugations of Reflexive Verbs in Italian


What have you done so far today?

Did you wake up and brush your teeth?

Did you wash yourself by taking a bath or a shower?

Did you then get dressed and sit down to study some Italian?

While …