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The Importance of “Stare” in Italian and Its Many Uses


We do a lot more “staying” than you’d think.

We stay home. We stay still. We stay online to read really cool language learning blogs (wink, nudge).

The point is, on the surface, knowing how to use the verb “stay” …

The Guide to the Italian Formal “You” for Socially Conscious Learners


No one wants to be rude.

At least, we hope.

Talking to others with proper manners is an important part of getting along in any language and Italian is no exception.

In fact, Italian has its own rules for what …

Italian Pronunciation for English Speakers: How to Make All the Right Sounds


No one wants to say the wrong thing.

Pronouncing words right can be a nerve-wracking part of learning a new language. The rules for how to say words correctly vary so much that it can seem impossible to figure out.…

Conversation Starters: The Top 5 Online Italian Language Exchange Tools


Everything is better with a friend.

Okay, maybe not Solitaire.

But learning Italian? Definitely.

That’s why starting an Italian language exchange is so valuable. Not only is it a fun and interesting way to practice, you’ll also get an …

Squiggle Me This: 3 Italian Accent Marks and Their Meanings


There’s more to the alphabet than the song you learned as a kid.

At least, if you’re speaking Italian.

Italian goes beyond the standard spelling rules of English in a lot of ways and accent marks are one of them.…

Go Back to School with 6 Italian Quiz Websites to Test Your Progress


Pop quiz time!

No, just kidding. This is a post about where to find quizzes.

Conventional studying can get a little boring if you don’t go about it the right way.

Reading textbooks and vocabulary lists over and over can …

In the Know: 8 Italian Question Words for Inquiring Minds


Can you ask me a question?

No, that wasn’t a typo.

Can you? In Italian, I mean.

If you can’t, then this post is for you.

Question words are a key piece of figuring out any language.

After all, questions …