Italian Lessons

10 Phrases You Shouldn’t Go to Italy Without

Dianne Hales |
05.21.2012
If you’re packing your suitcases and heading for Italy in the coming months, some practical phrases are sure to come in handy. And so I’m launching a series of post... ...read more
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Celebrating May in Italy

Dianne Hales |
05.09.2012
Le feste di maggio May festivals “Aprile con il fiore, maggio con il colore,” Italians say, “April with its flower, May with its color.” A rainbow of Italian... ...read more

Cooking Under the Tuscan Sun

Dianne Hales |
04.15.2012
Il ricettario de “Il sole della Toscana” The Tuscan Sun Cookbook Some people win you over with “hello”; some books, with an irresistible cover or title. Franc... ...read more

12 Reasons to Love Spring in the Italian Language

Dianne Hales |
03.23.2012
La Primavera Spring No season may be sweeter or more welcome than Spring. While surfing google.it, I came across some essays Italian students wrote on the reasons why, includ... ...read more

Italians Tighten Their Belts and Pinch Their Pennies

Dianne Hales |
03.11.2012
Risparmiare, Fare Economia Saving Money “Con la crisi gli italiani tornano parsimoniosi,” a newspaper headline recently declared. (With the crisis, Italians are becoming pars... ...read more

Celebrating Carnevale in the Italian Language

Dianne Hales |
02.20.2012
Carnevale Carnival Thanks to my Catholic childhood, I could easily follow the Sunday mass in the tiny stone church of the Borgo Monte Vibiano Vecchio in Umbria. Then the white... ...read more

Let It Snow in the Italian Language

Dianne Hales |
02.08.2012
la neve snow When we were in Rome two winters ago, I asked if it might snow. “No,” everyone said. “Nevica a ogni morte di papa.” Literally, it snows “every death of the pope”... ...read more

The Most Famous Obscenity in the Italian Language

Dianne Hales |
01.26.2012
La Parolaccia Bad Language It has become the oscenit ...read more

Shipwrecked in the Italian Language

Dianne Hales |
01.20.2012
Il Naufragio Shipwreck, total ruin The sight of a huge cruise ship (nave da crociera) lying on its side (su un fianco) in the water, as if sleeping (come addormentata), was ... ...read more

Tips from Students and Teachers for Learning Italian

Dianne Hales |
01.10.2012
Studiare italiano Studying Italian “What is the most important thing to focus on when learning a new language?” a reader recently wrote. I posted his question on the LA BELLA L... ...read more

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