It's becoming increasingly clear that the educational system is facing a crisis, and while there are no clear solutions, one certain way to keep students engaged and successful is by supporting great teachers with passion and proven track records, and programs that enable personal student growth and life lessons. Mr. Lenoci leads the Italian Langua...

Today, I am going to talk about a topic that’s a bit controversial, but very current: the Italianization of words. I’m talking about the current trend many Italians have of inventing new Italian words in order to replace existing words with “Italianized” English words. In this article you’ll find some examples that will help you better conceptualiz...

If there is one thing people have been showing these days, that’d be coraggio (coh-rah-djoh). Its meaning is simple, because the Italian sounds and looks a lot like the English courage, which is exactly what it means.  Coraggio comes from two Latin words, cor, which means “heart,” and the verb habeo, which means “to have”so, at least at the beginni...

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the Italian language column. This month I am going to talk about music! Don’t worry, you are reading the right column, but I was inspired by all the videos of Italians singing at their windows, on their balconies, and to be honest we all need some music to make us happy in our lives nowadays! Since this column is...

Starting from Wednesday the 25th of March until the 1st of May the College Board is broadcasting daily video lessons for all students who are preparing to take the Italian *AP exams. This is the playlist of the videos, which will be broadcast live and will then be available as recordings: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoGgviqq4844fvUz7G3ob...

On the northern coast of Sicily, looking out toward the magnificent Aeolian Islands, Milazzo is a small town home to Laboling, an Italian language school welcoming students from around the world.  Like all businesses in the tourism industry, language schools are suffering as well due to the coronavirus emergency, which caused Italy, the first count...

Teachers in Italy have had to adapt to big changes quickly after the country closed all schools and universities at the beginning of March. One month on, what have they learned from the experience? As the coronavirus outbreak intensied in Italy, the government ordered the closure of all schools and universities nationwide on March 4. In some parts...

Vittoria (Vit-toh-ree-ah) is one of those words you recognize in all languages. Victory in English, victoire in French, victoria in Spanish, never mind where you come from in the world, its sound and meaning is understood.  The first to use it were the Romans: they used to say victoria, a noun that came from the verb vincere, to win, the very  same...

Speranza (spe-rahn-zah), what a beautiful word. It means  “hope” and  it comes from  the Latin  spes, a noun of the fifth declension, one that kids in school never managed to remember.  Before being “speranza,” it was speme in Italian and, although the former entered our vocabulary sometimes around the  13th century, the latter would still appear h...

When driving through the Italian countryside near where the region of Lazio meets the region of Campania, it is impossible to miss the beautifully imposing structure of the Monastery of Monte Cassino gracing the skyline. What you might not know when looking at this architectural masterpiece is that it houses a masterpiece of a different kind. Over...