We are all well aware that English is abound with words of Italian origin but did you know that Italian regularly borrows from English as well? Italian has a long history of incorporating foreign words into its vocabulary but it is only in recent years that the amount of English vocabulary entering Italian has exploded. Some words depict new concepts such as selfie and sitcom whereas others … [Read more...] about 10 Borrowed English Words in the Italian Language
Goodbye! So long! Farewell! Toodle-loo! In English, there are dozens of ways to say goodbye besides the standard textbook phrases everyone learns in class, so it should come as no surprise that Italian has plenty of expressions of its own! In this article, we cover all the most important expressions you need to enrich your Italian vocabulary. ;-) 1. Arrivederci / ArrivederLa One of the … [Read more...] about 11 Different Ways to Say Goodbye in Italian – “Arrivederci” and beyond!
Christmas is just around the corner and that means it's time to put up the tree, decorate the house, and most importantly, brush up on your Italian Christmas greetings! ;-) Perhaps you want to be able to say a few phrases when you call or write to your Italian relatives, or maybe you're just curious to pick up some new expressions. No matter your motivation, this article will point you in the … [Read more...] about Christmas Greetings in the Italian Language: Vocabulary, Phrases & More
False friends are words in different languages that sound or look the same but have completely different meanings. … [Read more...] about A List of 20 False Friends in English and Italian
There are literally hundreds of words in the English language that sound or look similar to their Italian equivalents. This isn't because Italian had a direct influence on English but rather because French, an extremely similar Romance language, has existed in various dialectal forms on the British Isles since the time of the Norman Conquest in the 11th century. In this article, I'm not going … [Read more...] about 50 Common Italian Words Used in the English Language
As languages go, I would classify Italian as one of the easiest to learn for English speakers, at least in terms of pronunciation. One of the biggest advantages is that unlike English and French for example, it is a phonetic language, so what you see written on paper is exactly how it is spoken. Another plus is that there are only seven vowel sounds (a, i, u, e, ɛ, o and ɔ), two … [Read more...] about 10 Difficult Words to Pronounce in Italian for English Speakers