Italian life can be very vivid and colorful, especially now that summer is around the corner. The sun, the sea, the mountains…everything seems to be bright and full of life! Yes, but did you know that even the language has “colors”? Italian uses colors for so many everyday idiomatic expressions! Let’s take a look at a few of them together.

Idioms - those little stock expressions whose meanings aren't what they first seem - are often the hardest part of learning a new language. And Italian has an abundance of the confusing sayings. This means that you can understand every word that someone is saying to you, and yet still not have a clue what they're talking about. In particular, the w...

L’Italiano piace, e non si parla solo di stile di vita. Gate-away.com, il portale immobiliare per l’estero, unico in Italia e dedicato esclusivamente ad acquirenti internazionali in cerca di una seconda casa in Italia, a distanza di pochi mesi dagli “Stati Generali della Lingua Italiana nel mondo” ha condotto un sondaggio su un nutrito campione di...

The 2017 National Italian Exam, a national contest of Italian language and culture for middle school and high school students, organized by the American Association of teachers of Italian (AATI), was recently concluded. From California to Massachusetts to Puerto Rico, 5,465 students representing 16 states participated in the contest. The exam was a...

Si è conclusa il 5 giugno l’esperienza formativa di 14 docenti americani appartenenti alla Scuola d’Italia “G. Marconi” di New York, che hanno studiato italiano online attraverso i corsi di lingua ICoN, Consorzio di Università italiane che opera in convenzione con il ministero degli Affari Esteri. La scuola italiana “G. Marconi” (http://lascuoladit...

Say you’re shopping at a farmer’s market in Rome, and you’d like to pick up some nice, ripe watermelon. The signs at some stands call it “anguria”; others say “cocomero” or “melone d’acqua.” Why so many different words for the same fruit? Because in their daily lives, many Italians don’t speak Italian. That is, they don’t shop or chat or argue in s...

The Director of the Coccia Institute is delighted to announce the 2017 Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12). Recognizing the importance of acknowledging and motivating excellence in the teaching of Italian, the Coccia family and Lawrence Inserra, Jr., have established this significant award. Our donor...

Next year, Oregon State University will be undergoing some changes in their language department. While there are multiple different ways to say hello, there are just as many ways to say goodbye. This next academic year, Oregon State University will be saying goodbye to a small handful of second-language course opportunities that have previously bee...

I valori della cultura italiana festeggiati come forse, ormai, non si festeggiano più nemmeno in Italia. In una Park Avenue a New York vestita a festa, venerdì, si sono svolte le celebrazioni per il 71esimo compleanno della Repubblica Italiana: un 2 giugno da ricordare nel quale sono state valorizzate le eccellenze culinarie, linguistiche e artisti...

Summer has arrived in Minnesota, and so has the ICC's popular Passeggiata! What better way to enjoy the sunny Twin City days than to walk around beautiful Lake Calhoun, and speak a little Italian in the process! Those interested will gather at the West Lake Street kiosk, behind Tin Fish, at 11 AM, on Saturday, June 24th, and will walk clockwise. Le...