Dear Direttore, You may remember the official launch of the Dual Language program in Italian of June 13, at the Italian Culturale Institute, at the presence of Giorgio Van Straten and Consul General Francesco Genuardi. The event was well attended by people from different boroughs and school districts, it managed to attract several Italian speaking...

A while back I was on the website of one of my favorite history magazines, when I came across a very interesting article about the Italian language and its history. I did a good deal of linguistics and philology in my university years, so many of the historical considerations made were not new to me, but – I admit it – I did learn something I didn'...

In honor of Italian Language Week, Fondazione Italia, in collaboration with the Italian Consulate General in Los Angeles, has launched the second annual Italian Language Kids Video Contest! The Week of the Italian Language in the World is an event promoted yearly by the cultural and diplomatic network in the third week of October. It focuses on a t...

Italian Enthusiasts know that in Italy, there is no shortage of dialects.  A Sicilian speaking in his pure vernacular is not usually understandable to Italians from other regions.  In other parts of Italy, however, one’s dialect may not be so different than standard Italian whereas to render the speech wholly unintelligible. As we become more acqua...

The Italian Language Foundation is thrilled to announce that participation in the Advanced Placement Italian Language and Culture exam increased 14% from 2017 to 2018. The Italian Language Foundation – under the leadership of President Dr. Margaret Cuomo, and Board Chairman Mr. Louis Tallarini – was founded in July 2008 with the mission of increasi...

Often, we find out that Italian has words that English does not have and that English has words that Italian doesn’t. Words that define slight shades of meaning or even big differences we were not aware existed until we were taught about it! You’ll say “I know!” but do you know the difference between to know and to know? What am I talking about? Th...

Vengono da Massachusetts, Maryland, Ohio, Florida, New York, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia e Connecticut i 21 vincitori delle Borse di Studio messe in palio anche quest’anno dall’Ambasciata italiana a Washington e da Eduitalia, associazione che raggruppa 80 tra scuole e università che offrono corsi di italiano per stranieri. I...

San Francisco has always been an important location for the Italian emigration. History is mixed with innovation, and both tell the story of how Italian hard work and creativity are rewarded by the entrepreneurial spirit that finds a perfect welcome in San Francisco and its surroundings. Consul Lorenzo Ortona heads the Italian Consulate General in...

Imparare una lingua straniera è un processo lento, impegnativo e difficile. Malgrado ciò, un insegnante creativo che organizza le sue lezioni in modo da coinvolgere gli studenti può rendere l’apprendimento della nuova lingua facile per tutti gli studenti. Il coinvolgimento in classe vale più di molte letture e ripetizioni perché gli studenti impara...

Italians are famous for their non-verbal communication. A stereotype often heard about Italians is that we talk with our hands. Non-verbal communication is popular for many reasons—habit, emphasis and the ability at times to say more with gestures than you can with words. In many ways, gestures and body language become direct expressions of one’s p...