Author Archive | Anna Maria

8 Italian Festivals to Add to Your Bucket List

History, art, beaches, wine, pizza… Let’s be honest: Living in Italy is amazing. Unfortunately, it’s not possible for everyone to live in Italy—even though some of us dream of doing just that. But, we can still glimpse the …

The Seasons in Italian: How to Pack and How to Chat About Them

Are you planning a trip to Italy? Maybe you’re thinking about exploring historic Rome or wandering through the vineyards in Tuscany. But you might be wondering about Italian weather—a valid concern wherever you plan to travel. And you might be …

Learn Italian for Free Online with 9 Incredible Resources

Learning Italian? Great! No money? No problem. The internet offers lots of free choices for Italian learners. That’s right: It’s possible to learn to speak Italian without ever touching your piggy bank. But hold up before you dive into learning …

Crash into Fluency with 11 Italian Crash Courses

“You can’t take a crash course in serenity.” — Shirley Maclaine It seems unlikely that anyone would easily crash into a zen-like state. But you can certainly crash into Italian! And that little fact—that it’s possible to speed-learn Italian—is …

A Place for Every Noun: Italian Word Order and How to Master It

“Conosco i miei polli.” (“I know my chickens.”) This fun Italian saying has nothing to do with chickens. Or turkeys. No fowl at all, actually. What the often-spoken adage means is: “I know what I’m talking about.” Knowing a subject—like …

Rain or Shine: Over 20 Italian Weather Expressions for Every Occasion

We all do it. “Nice weather we’re having, isn’t it?” Yep, I’m talking about small talk. The fluff of conversations. Topics—usually sports, food or the weather—that we can discuss with anyone, including random strangers. They’re safe topics no matter where …