Author Archive | Michael Cristiano

Easy as ABC! An Italian Alphabet Guide to Help You Master the Basics


What was the first song you learned by heart?

Was it a killer rock song that you heard from your parents’ record collection?

Was it a popular song you heard on the radio or an alternative song that only you …

Learn Italian with Songs and Give Your Study Sesh a Soundtrack


Picture this:

You’re conversing with a friend and they say, “I heard this awesome new Italian song.” They toss you a pair of headphones and you plug in.

The music consumes you and transports you to the discoteche (night clubs)

How to Learn Italian Grammar: The Zen Guide to Serene Studies

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Dico (I say), dici (you say), dice (he/she says), diciamo (we say)…

These verb conjugations come from the verb dire (to say), a lawless, irregular verb that doesn’t seem to follow any established Italian grammar rules.

Don’t believe me? Well …

Enjoy Watching Videos? Immersive Italian Lessons Right from Your Screen


Have you ever dreamed of having a conversation in fluent Italian?

Maybe you’ve imagined yourself walking the streets of Italy to meet an Italian friend for coffee.

Better yet, maybe you envision yourself heading to an Italian university

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 …