Assiduo e attento lettore dei preziosi interventi sullo specifico della cultura e dell’insegnamento dell’italiano negli States da parte di un’addetta sul campo, diciamo fra i banchi, l’esperta Filomena Fuduli Sorrentino, mi sorprende l’allarme di catastrofi presenti e incombenti sull’esistenza e addirittura sulla sopravvivenza della nostra cultura...

You probably thought you were doing well, ordering the simplest and most Italian of coffees rather than the cream- and syrup-filled concoctions you usually get at Starbucks. But asking for an 'expresso' in your local cafe will set the barista's teeth on edge, and confirm to everyone in earshot that you're far from fluent in Italian.  Foreign pronun...

Fondazione Italia has now opened its Orange County Italian Language Center offering courses for children and adults on the Chapman University campus. The Italian Studies program is delighted to support the teaching of Italian to the larger Orange community and is excited about the possibilities inherent in this new partnership. Fondazione Italia is...

After the success of the Maria Manetti Shrem Grants 2016, the Commission for Language and Culture of COMITES is happy to announce the opening of the call for 2017. Students who take the AP Italian Exam 2017 and score 3 or higher will be awarded with prizes from 50 to 100$. This initiative is possible thanks to the generosity of Lady Maria Manetti S...

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...