Giulia Casati

Giulia was born and raised in the North of Italy near Lake Como. After high school, she moved to the United States where she was an au pair and studied Liberal Arts at Essex County College. Then, she returned to Italy and continued her studies in Translation at the Civica Scuola Altiero Spinelli for translators and interpreters in Milan. She’s a language enthusiast, English and Italian in particular, she loves cooking, reading and growing plants.


Hello everyone, this month’s column is about new words that have entered the Italian dictionary in the past couple of years. Before we start, just a little premise. When a word is added to the dictionary, it is not and indication of whether the word is right or wrong, or whether that word is Italian (in this case) or not, a word is added to a dicti...

Welcome back! We’re back to our brief grammar tips and this time I would like to talk about the particles ci and ne. I know that they are quite hard to grasp and use and many of my students find them to be quite a conundrum, but I hope my explanation will help you understand them better! Let’s start with ci. Ci can have different roles in a sentenc...

Hello everyone! We are finally in the midst of summer, and even though travelling to Italy might still be a little troublesome for a little while, I thought about teaching you some words and expressions often used in conversations, so that you can start practicing them and use them fluently next time you come visit! The first expression I’d like to...

Today I am going to talk about a slightly different Italian language: the Italian Sign Language or LIS (lingua dei segni italiana). Why? Well, because it is an Italian language and last May the Italian Republic finally recognized the Italian Sign Language through a decree and declared its commitment to its promotion. Not only that, but it also reco...

Last time we left off our grammar lessons, we were talking about the 1st conditional. So, in order to not to put too much on our plate, I thought we’d continue on the same line and talk about the 2nd conditional. While the 1st type conditional is used to talk about reality, the 2nd type is used to talk about possibilities.  The construction of thes...

Since Dante’s Week was a few weeks ago, I’ve decided to pay him homage for a bit longer. The Accademia della Crusca has been posting a word a day from his masterpiece, The Devine Comedy, in honor of the 700th anniversary of his death; and I must say, some are quite unexpected. So I decided to give you a tour of some of the most interesting words an...

March has finally arrived and spring is slowly making its way back into out lives. We’ve all spent over a year in this crazy timeline and it is now clear that our routine has changed, and perhaps our perception has also changed, but above all, our language has definitely changed. Let’s take a look at some Italian words that have made their way into...

Today, my dear friends, we are going to talk about you and I. What do I mean? Well, we are going to talk about subject pronouns. These teeny tiny words are used to express who is doing the action, and they are called subject pronoun because they actually are the subject of the sentence. They are used instead or names like Marco, Lucia and Cecilia,...

What am I saying? Isn’t this column supposed to be about Italian? Well, yes, but it’s also about Italy’s famous dialects, and today we are going to learn about one that maybe is not so famous: the “language” that is spoken in the region Valle d’Aosta, at the very north-west of Italy. What is it? Well, it’s kind of a complicated answer so let’s take...

Do you remember a few months ago when we talked about all the Italian expressions and sayings connected to food? Well, of course we said that food is a main component of Italian culture and tradition, so, why wouldn’t it be part of its language too? Well, there is another feature that is sometimes forgotten, but very important as well: vino! Oh, It...

Today we are going to talk about adjectives, all those words we use to describe an object or a person. In English it’s relatively a simple matter: the adjective (quality) always goes before the noun (object or person). For instance, the brown table will never be the table brown, or the old man won’t become the man old. Easy peasy.

Let’s jump to the north of Italy; let’s go to Milan! Milan l’è on gran Milan, a Milanese would say. Let’s debunk the idea that in the north people don’t speak dialects anymore, even in the city of Milan the dialect struggles but still survives. The Milanese language is a variation of the Longobard language, language that has been recognized by the...