Cosa ac­ca­de quan­do il dia­let­to si­cu­lo var­ca i con­fi­ni del­la sua ter­ra na­ta­le e ap­pro­da ne­gli Sta­ti Uni­ti? «Ho sem­pre su­bi­to il fa­sci­no del si­ci­lia­no e del­le par­la­te lo­ca­li – af­fer­ma Cono Cin­que­ma­ni, lin­gui­sta tren­ta­seien­ne, ori­gi­na­rio di San Cono (in pro­vin­cia di Ca­ta­nia) – Tut­to ini­ziò quan­do, da...

If you're planning to visit - or even settle down in - the Italian capital, you'll likely want to blend in as much as possible. But phrasebook Italian isn't going to cut it in the cobbled streets and crowded bars of Rome. To really impress, you'll have to master the local lingo. The Roman dialect was being singled out by poet Dante as the ugliest i...

Languages. Sometimes they are so tricky. Sometimes you think you got it, you can get away with not knowing what the correct word is and just make it up by deducing from your native language, but then you meet them. They are the worst. They are responsible for many gaffes and every language has them. They are the false friends.

Professor Alessandro Carrera, a native of Lodi (Lombardy, Italy), has had at least three separate, but, at the same time, intertwined careers. His early attempts at songwriting have run in parallel to his awarded writing efforts in prose and poetry. Philosophy has always reigned supreme, with German thought holding a special place in his heart.   T...

La vita bella or the beautiful life. That’s what members of the Il Circolo Italiano of the Main Line helps members live. Il Circolo Italiano, or the Italian Circle, is a club that promotes the Italian language with lessons, an opportunity to practice speaking it, along with cultural programs, fellowship and, of course, food. Theresa Scaramuzza, the...

Whether you're just getting started with Italian or approaching fluency, here are 21 odd, amusing and mildly interesting facts about a language known for its beauty, romance and musicality. 1. There are 21 letters in the Italian alphabet. That's right: j, k, w, x and y don't exist in Italian, except for in loan words, meaning 'jeans' is often the...

Il Gruppo di Lettura nasce con l’idea di creare uno spazio e un luogo di scambio per persone amanti della lingua e della lettura italiana. I partecipanti leggono, ognuno per proprio conto, il libro scelto per poi riunirsi successivamente per condividere la lettura discutendo il libro letto. Lo scopo del gruppo è di esercitarsi con la lingua italian...

Caro Alessandro (ti do del “tu”, visto che abbiamo la stessa età), Ho letto ieri con grande interesse il tuo articolo “La crisi dell’italiano nelle università americane: che fare?”.  Su alcuni punti sono d’accordo, mentre su altri mi piacerebbe iniziare un dibattito, e chissà che questo non sia possibile proprio qui, sulle pagine de La Voce di New...

Vorrei portare alla luce alcuni dati e le poche riflessioni che ne derivano, sull’avvenire dell’insegnamento della lingua italian nelle Università Americane. Il calo nelle iscrizioni negli ultimi anni è un dato inoppugnabile, e a poco giova ricordare la crisi delle cosiddette humanities al grido di “mal comune mezzo gaudio“. E’ un calo che ho risco...

"You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” The previous quote, stated by Giuseppe Verdi, a renowned opera composer, exemplifies how much of an international treasure the country of Italy is. From the long canals of Venice to the white sand beaches of Sicily to the ancient architecture of Rome, the splendors of Italy are abundant all over the...