Author Archive | Michael Cristiano

The Definitive Guide to Italian Articles for Learning Them… Indefinitely

italian articles

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 …

The Italian Learner’s Short and Sweet Guide to Sentence Structure


Have you ever tried assembling a bookshelf yourself?

You bring the box home, plop it in your living room, take out the pieces and get to work.

Several hours and a few tantrums later, you’re done!

…Only to realize that …

Full Throttle: Top 6 Resources to Learn Italian While Driving at Any Skill Level


Are you ready to tackle Italian full throttle?

Could the phrase fast and furious be applied to your Italian?

(Of course, we only mean this in the figurative sense. Please drive safely!)

Why am I using car references in a …

Essere and Avere: The Mother and Father of the Italian Language


“Mamma? Papà?”

There are just some moments in life when we want to run back to our mothers and fathers.

Maybe you have experienced this in your quest to learn Italian. Sometimes it can all be so overwhelming!

But what …

Learn It! Master Italian Pronouns with This Essential Beginner’s Guide


Leonardo da Vinci, arguably the most famous Italian ever, once said that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

But what does simplicity really mean?

In the case of Italian nouns, it means replacing those long and sometimes arduous words with …

6 Easy Italian Short Story Resources for Beginners: Small on Words, Big on Learning


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 …