WTI Magazine #56    2015 March, 20Author : Manuela Bianchi for learnitalygroup.com      Translation by:   The word "passo" (step) is used with the verb "fare" (to do) as in "fare un passo" (literally, to do one step) or "fare due/quattro passi" (which in Italian means "to take a walk"). Even with such a simple word, we find plenty of common sa...

  WTI Magazine #81    2016 July 15Author : Giulia Casati for the Italian School NJ      Translation by:   English and Italian grammar are very different. Anybody that studies Italian can tell that the Italian and English grammar, specifically the verb tenses and the nouns, are completely different. But the most foreign concepts to English speake...

  WTI Magazine #42    2014 September, 3Author : Manuela Bianchi for learnitalygroup.com      Translation by:   With the term romance or neo-Latin languages, we refer to those derived from Latin, following the expansion of the Roman Empire. But what does "romanzo" (novel) specifically mean? This word comes from the latin adverb "romanice" and ref...

WTI Magazine #6    2013 Nov, 22Author : Alessandro Masi      Translation by:   In ancient Rome the patrimonium (patrimony) was the whole property received as an inheritance from the father. The term has a meaning even in a figurative sense: not only money and property, but also feelings, values, memories, everythin...

WTI Magazine #4    2013 Nov, 8Author : Alessandro Masi      Translation by:   Derived from the Latin compensate, "weigh together", which referred to the idea of balance: you are worth that much, I give you that much. But today, when everybody earn little no matter what they are worth, we with some suspicion who is...

  WTI Magazine #77    2016 March 18Author : Giosuè Prezioso      Translation by:   According to the Californian neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine, the amount of words pronounced on a daily basis by women and men is very diverse: the former, in fact, can use until 20 thousand terms, the latter only 7 thousands, basically a third. Among these wo...

  WTI Magazine #82    2016 August 19Author : Giulia Casati for the Italian School NJ      Translation by:   One thing everyone knows about Italians is that they love their food. They love their bread, their pasta, their pizza, and nothing else is like a good lasagna made by their grandma. Salami, focaccia, gelato, hey, anything Italian is delici...

  WTI Magazine #75    2016 January 18Author : Giosuè Prezioso      Translation by:   Interestingly, Italian shares the etymology of its months with most of the European languages. Gennaio (January), Febbraio (February), Marzo (March), and so on are common to all the Latin languages, but also, to others. The word for "March", for instance, is the...

  WTI Magazine #47    2014 November, 12Author : Manuela Bianchi for learnitalygroup.com      Translation by:   The use of the verb "andare" (to go) opens another interesting bracket on the Italian language, that deserves a little attention. For clarity, let's start with the basics and reveal the first meaning of this verb in its simple form: "an...

  WTI Magazine #85    2016 November 21Author : Giulia Casati for the Italian School NJ      Translation by:   Talking about Italian expressions, one that has always interested me while growing up is "to have a tail made out of hay." How many times did my mom ask me if I had a "coda di paglia"!? But what the heck did it mean? Growing up, at first...