Basic Italian phrases you’ll need as soon as you get off the plane

Basic Italian phrases you’ll need as soon as you get off the plane

This is a guest post from Cher Hale. Thank you Cher! The flight is booked, the rooms have been reserved, and your daydreams of pasta and wine are starting to come full circle.  In the midst of all of your planning (and this thing called life that often has responsibilities) you may have let learning…

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Italian Language | 2 Comments

Ten useful and interesting signs in Rome

Ten useful and interesting signs in Rome

Street signs, placards, new signs, old signs – I photograph them all when I travel. Sometimes they represent interesting cultural differences, sometimes they’re just useful, and sometimes the photo is just a placeholder to give context to the rest of my photos. Here are ten of my favorite sign photos from a recent Rome trip.…

3 Tips for learning Italian (or any language)

3 Tips for learning Italian (or any language)

I’ve shared my top 3 tips for learning languages on Dianne Hales’ wonderful blog, Becoming Italian Word by Word. If you’ve learned a language, do you agree with any of these tips? 

Posted by on Jul 8, 2011 in Italian Language, My Stories | 4 Comments

Three favorite Italian songs

  When an Italian classmate asked about the lyrics to a Bob Marley song, it was a lightbulb moment for me. We were on a field trip from Milan to Assisi, and the song was playing on the bus. Even though I’d heard it many times, beyond the refrain I had no idea what Bob…

Five favorite Italian words

I was tagged by Melanie at the Italofile blog to write a post about five of my favorite Italian words, which I thought would be a lot of fun. So here they are, plus the reasons I picked them:    Via! Pronounced: VEE|ah Via means “street” and several other things, but the “via” I love always…

Posted by on May 3, 2010 in Italian Language | 4 Comments

Italian language learning tip: notice Italian signs

Italian language learning tip: notice Italian signs

Learning a new language is a bit like detective work at first. You can memorize the grammar rules and a list of vocabulary and practice your accent, but those things are only useful when implemented in communication. Once you’ve arrived in Italy and are immersed in Italian, it can quickly become overwhelming and tiring. A…

Posted by on Feb 5, 2010 in Italian Language | One Comment

Five Italian words with unsatisfying English equivalents

If I’m speaking English with someone who I know speaks or understands Italian, I tend to inject the words below into conversation rather than use the English approximation. The Italian version is just better! Have a look at the five words below (in no particular order) and let me know if you agree, and whether…