Italians love to travel, whether it be abroad or within their own country. Some prefer short staycations in Italy by the sea, whereas others are drawn to foreign countries, with France, Greece and Spain topping the list. In fact, it is said that there are now more Italians living abroad than in Italy! The word for to travel in Italian bears a strong resemblance to the word voyage in English: … [Read more...] about Italian Word of the Day: Viaggiare (to travel)
Few things in life are as important as the friendships we forge. Sometimes you may meet a new friend and feel as if you've known them all your life, whereas other friendships take much longer to develop. Many friendships are fleeting, while a precious few last a lifetime. The word for friend in Italian is amico (when referring to a male friend or the generic concept) or amica (when referring to … [Read more...] about Italian Word of the Day: Amico / Amica (friend)
Today is officially the first day of fall (il primo giorno di autunno) in the Northern Hemisphere, so what better word to choose as "word of the day" than autunno itself! IPA: /au·tùn·no/ The first day of the Autumnal Equinox (equinozio d'autunno) may fall on any day between September 21st and 24th. It is one of two days during the year when day (giorno) and night (notte) are more or … [Read more...] about Italian Word of the Day: Autunno (autumn)
Have you ever felt the desire to address your furry feline friend in Italian? Well, you've come to the right place! 😺 The word for cat in Italian is gatto (plural: gatti). Although it is a masculine noun, you can transform it into the feminine gatta (plural: gatte) if you are referring to a female cat or queen. A kitten is simply known as a gattino (masculine) or gattina (feminine) which … [Read more...] about Italian Word of the Day: Gatto (cat)
We all know that Italian dishes such as pasta and pizza are pretty special, but did you know that Italians are wonderful chocolatiers as well? In fact, Turin – the city where Mat was born – is known as the Chocolate Capital of Europe, and for good reason! Torino - Turin Cioccolato (plural: cioccolati) was first brought to the city in the mid-1500s by Duke Emanuele Filiberto in celebration … [Read more...] about Italian Word of the Day: Cioccolato (chocolate)
When I first started learning Italian, I found it perplexing that the word for table could be both tavolo (masculine) and tavola (feminine) depending on the context. If you too are confused, don't worry – you are in good company! IPA: /tà·vo·lo/, /tà·vo·la/ Tavolo (plural: tavoli) is the generic word for table, the ubiquitous piece of furniture found in homes and offices. A big table is … [Read more...] about Tavolo vs Tavola in Italian – What’s the difference?