February 3, 2019
A robust tutorial to help you navigate dinner conversation with native Italian speakers and with your fellow Italian language learners.
January 31, 2019
Ciao mia cara, Come stai? È veramente un sacco che non ci sentiamo. Senti, mi sei venuta in mente perché ho sentito che hanno aperto un nuovo locale che sembra molto carino vicino Piazza della Repubblica e che stanno facendo degli aperitivi promozionali. Insomma si prende un drink, si mangia qualcosa, e costa sette euro ma mi hanno detto che il cibo è molto buono.
January 28, 2019
All in all, we’ve really done a thorough job of covering love. But, love being how it is, there is always more to say about it. So, this time around, we (that is, Rachel, Carlotta & I) thought we would make this list a little steamier.
January 28, 2019
There have been many a time where I’ve guessed a word relying solely on English and have added an Italian ending… and I’ve been right. And there have been many other times where I’ve guessed based solely on my English and have been very, sometimes embarrassingly, wrong. I’m guessing I’m not the only one. That’s why I put together an episode of some of the most common false friends in Italian - the words that seem friendly because they’re so close to English but then turn around and tri
January 27, 2019
There is something so satisfying about learning swear words in another language. After Rachel wrote this article with 8 swear words to add sass to your Italian vocabulary, we thought it would only be fair to follow up with another list of insults. They range from affectionately rude (like to tease your friends) all the way to when you’re really angry, or when you’re incazzato nero (totally pissed off).
January 17, 2019
I really like pasta (cacio e pepe is my favorite), gelato (fragola, every day all day), and cheese (pecorino forever and ever), but pizza? I love pizza. For the first few weeks that I lived in Rome, the only people I knew were the ones who sold pizza. (If you’re ever in Monteverde in Rome, my favorite pizza al taglio shop is the one on Viale Villa Pamphili.)
January 13, 2019
I’m back to talk to you all about how to use the Italian words “poi” and “così.” I would describe both of these as “connector words,” or words that you use to easily and fluidly connect two sentence pieces together.
January 10, 2019
How do you “fare complimenti” to a person in Italian -- whether it’s for how good they look, what they’re wearing, their language skills, or just to be polite and show your appreciation?
January 3, 2019
If you’re in Italy, I’m 110% sure that you’re going to run into some kind of open market, whether that’s inside or outside. And when you do (hopefully when you’re on our Not Your Typical Tourist Language Immersion Retreat), what are you supposed to say and do so you get what you want and avoid making una brutta figura?
December 27, 2018
Have you ever heard an expression in Italian that starts with “tanto?” You might already know that “tanto” means “a lot” but in some cases, that translation doesn’t make much sense. I hear all the time that this sentence structure is confusing! So what does “tanto” mean when used this way? It’s simple, so let me demystify it for you.
December 20, 2018
Verbs in Italian can have so many different meanings, so the entire goal of this article is to help you identify which ones you have to know in order to have fluid + enjoyable conversations in Italian.
December 16, 2018
In Italian, a pronominal verb is basically a verb mixed with pronouns. Pronominal verbs look similar to verbs you already know, making it a little bit easier to take a guess at their meaning. We’re all familiar with the Italian verb ‘andare,’ meaning ‘to go’. The pronominal verb that looks similar to andare is andarsene. You can guess by how it looks that andarsene probably has something to do with going somewhere. But how do all the pieces fit together?
December 13, 2018
What do you say when you freeze and forget how to speak Italian? Don't worry -- it happens! Here are some useful phrases to try.
December 9, 2018
Much like in the US, you can buy cheese at the deli counter. Near the deli there is usually some already pre-packaged and pre-weighed cheeses for you to browse as well. Personally, I like my cheese fresh cut, so I recommend going to the deli versus buying it pre-packaged. Alternatively you can get cheese from a caseificio, which is a shop that specializes in dairy products. These shops are usually close to the farm where the sheep / cows are bred.
December 6, 2018
I don’t know why, but I love the word “altrimenti”. It might be the way it rolls off the tongue or the elegant way it connects phrases together, but I’m off on a language-nerd tangent now. The point is that today we are learning how to use the word “altrimenti” in Italian. (Seriously, say it loud now. Shivers. Kind of like “la schiuma del cappuccino”.)
December 6, 2018
In episode 208 of the 30 Minute Italian Podcast, Rachel and I talk about what Christmas holiday is coming up in Florence and the reality of being a foreigner - an American - in Italy. We answer questions like - What’s it like to... Pay bills in Italy? Be far away from friends in Italy? Make Italian friends? Buy a house in Italy?
November 29, 2018
1 ) Mamma mia, questa (schiacciata) è puro piacere!!! - My goodness, this (schiacciata) is pure pleasure!!! 2) Giulia: Sentirai che bontà… - You’ll see how good it is! You: Olio nuovo? Non l’ho mai sentito dire… – New oil? I’ve never tried it/heard of it. 3) Adoro il sapore dell’olio appena spremuto, mi ricorda l’infanz ia! – I love the freshly pressed oil taste, it reminds me of childhood!
November 25, 2018
I don’t know about you, but recently I have been feeling pretty filled to the brim with tasks to do, and that reminded me of all of the things I say in Italian to tell others that I have a lot on my plate. I’m sure many of you are in the same boat, and so I thought I would share my favorite expressions with you.
November 22, 2018
If I had to choose a few words that I’m asked about all the time in Italian, ones like “proprio” and “magari” would surely be up there, but the one I hear about being difficult constantly is “mica”.
November 18, 2018
Rachel and I talk about what others have been talking about from the news a lot in Italy, what holiday just passed in Florence, and what it's like to be pregnant in Italy. We answer questions like 'What's the difference in Italy and America between': Maternity leave? Preferential treatment? Doctor's appointments? Parties/planned events? Gifts?
November 15, 2018
We snaked our way through the streets of Florence as we made our way to il mercato di Sant'Ambrogio. I turned toward Mary, “Com’è andata la tua lezione? - How’d your lesson go?” She responded, raising her voice slightly so I could hear her above the clamor, “È andata benissimo, Beatrice è un’insegnante fantastica. - It went well, Beatrice is a fantastic teacher.” In this episode, you’ll hear vocabulary and phrases for talking about Italian lessons.
November 15, 2018
“Where are you from? - Di dove sei?” It has to be one of the top ten most frequently asked questions when you meet somebody while abroad in Italy. And while you could just simply say, “Colorado” or “Gli Stati Uniti” and end the conversation, what else could you say to describe where you’re from AND get more language practice in?
November 15, 2018
Learn 14 ways to say "thank you," and 5 ways to say "you're welcome!" in Italian.
January 26, 2016
Learn 11 phrases to say goodbye in Italian. PSSSST. This is also the LAST episode of the podcast, so you'll want to listen in to hear about what's next and why I've decided to end it.
January 19, 2016
You'll learn what a beginner language learner's schedule looks like, the type of activities you can do as a beginner, and where you might hold yourself back from making progress.
December 29, 2015
The many ways 'allora' is used in the Italian language.
November 24, 2015
The steps I've been taken to be sure I'm prepared for the Italian CILS exam.
November 10, 2015
How do you know when to use "tu" and when to use "Lei" in when addressing someone in Italian? This podcast episode gives you 6 guidelines you can use to choose the correct form.
November 3, 2015
Getting to know the small but useful Italian words siccome, dato che and poiché.
October 25, 2015
Il primo episodio tutto in italiano! 
October 20, 2015
Phrases to use with an Italian language partner when you're chatting for the first time, when you forget a phrase or when you're trying to talk about various topics.
October 6, 2015
Learn this 3-step formula for eliminating your weaknesses in Italian.
September 28, 2015
Discussing the underlying thread of decisions you can make in order to learn Italian.
September 22, 2015
An interview with four different Italian learners about their challenges, their strengths and how they're preparing for upcoming trips to Italy.
September 15, 2015
The things that I'm struggling with and trying to work on in Italian right now.
September 8, 2015
How to congratulate & celebrate your Italian friends for every occasion... in Italian!
September 1, 2015
How to get and give directions in Italian so you can find your way around Italy.
August 23, 2015
How to strike up a conversation and make friends with Italians while in Italy
August 18, 2015
Interview with Dianne Hales discussing her new book, Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered and how she learned Italian.
August 11, 2015
Italian vocabulary you can use to make a restaurant reservation.
August 3, 2015
Five new proverbs in Italian to add to your vocabulary.
July 26, 2015
Some rules about how to use the Italian verbs prendere, avere, raccontare and passare.
July 21, 2015
9 phrases for talking about what you do for work in Italian.
July 12, 2015
Some common mistakes made with irregular nouns in Italian.
July 7, 2015
Phrases for talking about music in Italian.
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