It happened again the other day. I was walking down the street in my home city in the US when I heard it; a couple speaking Italian. I hurried to catch up with them, staying close so I could eavesdrop. From what I could understand, they were talking about remodelling their house. Not the most elegant topic. But the words sounded so beautiful that I...

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Dianne Hales.  Hales is the author of La Bella Lingua and a widely published, award-winning freelance journalist.  In this episode, Dianne tells the story of her love for the Italian language and how learning to speak Italian has enriched her life in so many ways. In our Stories Segment,...

IL MAECI ha concluso una media partnership con RAI Italia per la promozione delle iniziative connesse alla XVII Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel mondo, "L'Italiano al cinema, l'italiano nel cinema", in programma dal 16 al 22 ottobre p.v. Grazie a tale partnership, RAI Italia promuovera' una programmazione dedicata alla Settimana nell'ambito dell...

t’s great to be bilingual and there’s an easy way to learn Italian and it doesn’t cost much. The West Shore Sons of Italy is proud of its heritage and members show it through their love of the Italian language. “I think it’s one of the most beautiful languages in the world,” language instructor Santo Paese said. Every Sunday afternoon and every Mon...

Neapolitan—is it a language or a dialect?  Who speaks it and where? Also, when should one speak Italian and when should one speak in dialect? Italy, as a state, is a relatively new and rather miraculous invention.  Against all geopolitical odds (European Statesmen Count Metternich once called Italy nothing more than a geographic expression), the It...

In quasi tutti i dipartimenti di italiano nelle varie università americane sono tempi difficili, e molti studenti motivati allo studio non scelgono di iscriversi a un Master in letteratura italiana per mancanza di corsi oppure perché troppo costosi. E, spesso, quando le università non ricevono soldi i dipartimenti di italiano cancellano le classi a...

The idea itself of dialect may be difficult to grasp for non-Italians. It’s not a language, yet it’s not a variety of one either. It may sound like Italian here and there, yet it can also be extremely different and to make things worse, people speaking different dialects may not necessarily understand each other. I have vivid memories of how I, a b...

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...