As I watched the delightful Pixar film Luca for the first time, I found myself giggling at the phrases and words in Italian, unsure as to why there weren't subtitles to translate them. Although none of them really matter much in terms of understanding what's going on, a lot of them — Giulia's phrases, mostly — are hilarious and witty (Luca's last n...

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...

Il concorso Fulbright – FLTA Program offre a giovani insegnanti di lingua inglese o a giovani laureati che si stiano specializzando per diventare insegnanti, l’opportunità di sviluppare e migliorare la propria metodologia didattica, contribuire a rafforzare l’insegnamento della lingua e della cultura italiana presso  Università e College statuniten...

Many Italian-Americans have Neapolitan and Sicilian roots and, among them, a great part has certainly fond memories of their grand parents or parents speaking in the “dialect” of their own native land. Some, I am sure, probably also learned it, a sincere and loving way to bond with family, but also to keep alive the connection with their ancestral...

“That’s not real Italian!” and “My nonna doesn’t say it like that” are protests that Italian teachers have heard from students studying the “official” language of Italy. Personally, I never disputed their claims but simply explained there was a difference between standard Italian and what they heard at home from their Italian-American relatives. Fo...

The Italian football team and its fans are known for belting out rousing renditions of the country’s national anthem before matches. But what exactly are they singing? Here’s how you can join in.  Il Canto degli Italiani (The Song of the Italians), is better known as Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) after its opening line, or Inno di Mameli (M...

Growing up in my part of Long Island, New York, in the 1990s was like being in The Sopranos, minus the Mob. Nearly everyone claimed some Italian heritage—I proudly asserted that I was three-quarters Italian, though my last name betrays the Irish remainder. We had our choice of a half dozen pizza joints within a mile of our house; our pork store was...

Research carried out a few years back found out that the vast majority of Italians considered language the strongest representation of their “being Italian.” It seems a legitimate view: in a country where traditions and cultural habits can change drastically from an area to another, our language – and I dare say, the literature it produced – remain...

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...

This position is a part-time position as an Associate Instructor to teach Italian in the World Language Department at West Valley College. West Valley College is a public California Community College offering exceptional preparation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, dynamic career programs for today’s job market, AA/AS degree pro...