When it comes to studying modern languages at Millikin University, students are taught to master four basic skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The Italian courses at Millikin, like programs in Spanish and French, place heavy emphasis on understanding the language, but more importantly, learning to appreciate the culture. Francesca Te...

It’s common to learn your colors in Italian as a beginner, but have you come across any idiomatic expressions using these colors? Some teachers prefer to wait a while before teaching idioms as they can be difficult for students to translate. The very definition of an idiom is a phrase or expression that has a figurative sense and not a literal one....

Funded by Commission for Language and Culture of COMITES SF Comites San Francisco invites all students preparing for the AP Italian Exam on May 15th, 2019 to join the free mock test ONLINE. Any student living within the Italian Consular District of San Francisco² can participate. Diana Ferrara, PhD, Italian instructor at De Anza College in Cupertin...

The Roman dialect was singled out by poet Dante as the ugliest in all of Italy. The writer said it wasn't worthy of being described as a 'vulgar tongue' but was merely 'profanity'. In fact, some people call the dialect 'Romanaccio' (instead of the more formal 'Romanesco'), with the suffix 'accio' carrying negative connotations (a 'giornataccia' for...

If one thinks of Italian regions from the outside, it is easy to get the impression that certain features of the landscape are essential parts of local identity: the mountains of Piemonte, the canals of Venezia, and the rioni of Napoli, those densely populated urban corridors that abound with life, foe example. The UNESCO World Heritage Program, of...

The smell of Italian moka wafts through the Winchester home of Giovanni Abbadessa on a chilly afternoon. With the stovetop moka maker, he concocts the traditional Italian coffee drink during a break from work. Abbadessa’s busy life is intertwined with culture and traditions that he hopes to bring to the Italian-American community in Boston. By day...

Application for the Eduitalia Scholarships 2019 are now open and available on the website of the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC by clicking on the Eduitalia logo placed on our homepage. Applications are open to students who will take the Italian AP exam 2019. A total of 22 grants will be awarded. The grants will cover accommodation in Italy for...

The Commission for Language and Culture of COMITES is happy to announce the opening of the call for Maria Manetti Shrem Grants 2019. Students who take the AP Italian Exam 2019 and score 3 or higher will be awarded with prizes from 50 to 100$. This initiative is possible thanks to the generosity of Ms. Maria Manetti Shrem, a stellar lover of Arts an...

Let’s continue our tour of all the languages and dialects of Italy. We started our journey from Val d’Aosta and last time we stopped in Veneto. Now it’s the time to move to a very interesting region especially from a linguistic point of view: Friuli-Venezia Giulia (Friuli for short).  Even if “Venezia” is part of its name, Venice is not in this reg...

The Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan announces that as of March 1, 2019 it has been named a PLIDA Certification Center (Italian Language Project Dante Alighieri), a very important accomplishment for the Metropolitan Area of Detroit. There are 350 Certification Centers in seventy-four countries in the world. PLIDA is a language certification prog...