Everyday, I receive my Italian word of the day, and I must confess that lately I have received a lot of words that I either haven’t heard in forever or actually  have never heard anyone say them in an everyday conversation. So I looked into it and found more and more words that have stopped being part of the modern vocabulary of your average Italia...

Ah! Finally the Fall is  here! After  months of unbearable heat, the soft, fresh and  fragrant air of the  most colorful season  of the year feels like a liberation. Our word of the day is quintessentially tied to the Fall, even if it evokes events that, in  truth, take place all year round.  Sagra (sah-grah)  is the feminine of the  early Italian...

You know that sometimes in these interviews I have the pleasure of knowing leaders of Italian and Italian American communities throughout the United States. Today my personal tour of America takes me to the North Star State, Minnesota, where I meet Sandra Gengler. Born and raised in Ancona, in the Marche region, she moved to the US to attend colleg...

October 6, 2020, at 7:00 pm Pacific Time. Event is free and presented via Zoom meeting. Zoom link will be provided to attendees a few days before the meeting. REGISTRATION HERE. The month of October is a month of celebration of the Italian language in the world. This month Angela Zagarella will be presenting a brief overview of the history of Itali...

In honor of the 20th edition of Week of the Italian Language in the World (October 19-25, 2020), Fondazione Italia, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco under the auspices of the Italian Consulate General in Los Angeles and the Italian Consulate General in San Franci...

Whether it’s about daily habits, manners or human nature in general, Italians have some very classic proverbs that seem to fit any circumstance. Some of them very international, some more local and ‘in dialect’, take a look at the following and judge for yourself how much the Italian ‘nonni’ have in common with your culture! -Il buongiorno si vede...

Honestly, there is nothing nice about today’s word, calura (cah-loo-rah). Calura is more than  simple heat, it’s unbearable heat. It’s what  you get when it’s so hot you could bake cookies on the ground or fry your morning eggs on a car’s dashboard.  It comes from the vulgar Latin word calura,  child of the verb  calere, being hot. In Italian, we s...

It’s finally August! Time to rest and go on vacation. This year has been a crazy mess, and probably some of you won’t be able to go on vacation, and many people won’t be able to come to Italy, so I thought I’d bring the Italian sea to you. Let’s take a look at some of the many Italian expressions with mare, “sea.”  The most common is probably un ma...

Driving around the island of Sardinia, you’ll see names and places that resemble Italian language only from a distance. You’ll first subconsciously translate definite articles: il becomes su and la becomes sa.  Next you might wonder if u’s have overtaken o’s because nostro is nostru and vostro is bostru. But as the official language of the island i...

Let’s jump back into our tour of the languages of Italy. We went through most of the north and now it is time to keep going down the boot and reach the region of Marche, to the center east of Italy. I didn’t know much about Marche except that it is a beautiful region and that they have amazing people and tasty food, but while researching the langua...