The Italian “E” with an Accent – È and É

In Italian, there are three different ways you can write the letter E. Normally it is written in its plain form «e» but sometimes it may be accompanied by an accent – either a grave accent (`) or an acute accent (´). These accents serve a dual purpose in Italian: a) they tell you that …

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The Best Places to Visit in Italy for the First Time

This article is part of our Bilingual Blog series, where we share useful information and tips about non-language related aspects of Italian culture such as food, music, travel and more. These articles have been written in Italian and English to give our readers the opportunity to improve their reading skills whilst learning something new about …

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10 Italian Phrases to Learn Before Visiting Italy as an American

Visiting Italy finds its way onto the bucket list of many Americans, and for good reason. Not only is it one of the most scenic countries in the world, but it also has a rich history spanning across thousands of years, an incredible culinary tradition, and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. If …

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Our Guide to 20 Common Italian Gestures (Explained with Video Examples)

The famous anthropologist Desmond Morris was once quoted as saying that “for human beings the hands are what the baton is for an orchestra director, guiding the rhythm and meaning of the words”. With this metaphor in mind, we can safely say that Italians, with all their non-verbal gestures, body language and signs, are “the …

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6 Italian Phrases to Learn in Time for Thanksgiving

We all know that Italians in Italy do not celebrate Thanksgiving (il Giorno del Ringraziamento). However, the same cannot be said for the millions of Italian Americans and Canadians who have embraced the holiday wholeheartedly and turned it into their own. If you are an Italian living in the United States, or an American who …

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Is Duolingo Good for Italian? – My One-Year Review

Although I have always loved Italian, learning the language really became important to me after my daughter met and married an Italian man while working in Torino, Italy. When we first met him his knowledge of the English language was already impressive and since living here in the U.K., he has achieved fluency. At the …

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