Author Archive | Michael Cristiano

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

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 …