“Parla come mangi!” (speak as you eat!) is a common way to invite someone to speak in a simple manner and without using too many words. But do Italians really speak as they eat? Considering that we love our food, and that when people dare criticizing it, they really hit our Achilles’heel, the answer is yes: the way Italians speak is very refined an...

Here we are again on our trip to discovering all the different languages and dialetti of Italy. If my itinerary is correct, our next stop is the Liguria region, a very important republic even before Italy existed and homeland to many great traders and voyagers of the past. You probably know the most famous one – Cristoforo Colombo. Who? Pardon, I f...

To: Anne Lopes, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Re: The Reduction of Italian courses at Brooklyn College. As Director of Italian American Studies at Queens College I am writing to register my dismay over the recent action taken to severely reduce the Italian course offerings at Brooklyn College.   In my more than forty years...

The National Italian Exam is an official AATI national language contest held among middle and high school students. The NIE is not only as an assessment tool, which provides teachers and students with diagnostic feedback and positive backwash to help inform high school instruction and curricula, it is also as an opportunity for visibility and for p...

You may have a little Italian under your belt, perhaps from family experience, travel, tutors, or classes, and you want to improve your skills in a way that is not only fun but works. Perhaps you have no Italian, but you long to understand the beautiful language of the Old Continent... and maybe hope to order dinner in Verona using the chef’s nativ...

The Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan is always striving to develop new programs to inspire, educate and engage the community. Please join us on December 17, 2019 at The Village Players of Birmingham for the performance of “The Nativity Scene” (Natale in Casa Cupiello) by Eduardo De Filippo. The cast is formed by a wonderful group of volunteers c...

So you think you've mastered your double consonants, you've got your vowels down pat and you roll your Rs like a pro? Test your Italian pronunciation with these tongue twisters.  From crazy long words to some choice scioglilingua (literally 'tongue loosener', the Italian word for a tongue twister), here are ten ways to give your mouth a workout in...

Sono numerose le scuole di New York che dal 2006 ad oggi hanno ospitato il programma di edu-tainment della Fata Italiana. Sostenuto dall’Italian American Committee on Education e dalla Columbus Citizens Foundation, e da anni patrocinato dalle maggiori istituzioni italiane, ha raggiunto oltre 70,000 studenti K-12 in tredici anni di attivitá. Ideatri...

Con la celebrazione della Festa Italiana a Miami, si è aperta ufficialmente la diciannovesima edizione della Settimana della lingua Italiana nel mondo. Il Consolato Generale d’Italia, in collaborazione con l’ente gestore Odli Inc e il Comites di Miami, ha voluto cogliere la splendida cornice della Festa Italiana per dare il via alla settimana della...

If they tell you sei un fannullone (pronounced fahn-nool-loh-neh) you should either reconsider the people you hang  with or your work ethics.  While fannullone may sound pretty funny, with  all those double  consonants and the -one ending — doesn’t it make  you think of something cuddly?— its meaning is not that pleasant, especially when they use t...