Italian, like many other romance languages, has formal and informal registers. The purpose of formal speech is to show respect. It may be used when addressing a stranger (especially someone older than you) or superiors such as your boss. It is also the default register for those who provide a service such as shopkeepers or waiters. Informal speech, by contrast, implies a certain level … [Read more...] about Formal Italian Greetings & Expressions: Lei vs Tu
Question words (or open question words) are an extremely important part of any language because they allow us to expand our knowledge about the things happening around us. Open questions differ from yes-no questions in that the possible ways of responding to them are limitless – or in other words, they must be answered with more than just a yes or a no. In Italian, there are a number of … [Read more...] about Learn the 8 Most Important Italian Question Words
When I first moved to Italy back in 2008, one of the biggest biggest culture shocks I experienced was the general apathy towards Halloween. I originally come from Canada, a country that like the USA enjoys celebrating Halloween as much as Christmas and Easter, so it was a surprise to see October 31st come and go as if Halloween didn't exist! … [Read more...] about Super Spooky Italian Halloween Vocabulary for Kids!
When I first started learning Italian over a decade ago, much of my studying was based on the traditional pen-and-paper format of writing down vocabulary and grammar in a notebook and trying to memorise everything by rote. Although this method worked better than simply twiddling my thumbs waiting for fluency to happen, it wasn't without its pitfalls. Sifting though mountains of scribbled notes, … [Read more...] about How to Use Anki Flashcards to Learn Italian Quickly
Food is an incredibly important part of Italian culture, so it is little wonder that so many of their most popular sayings and idioms contain words related to food and eating! In this article, I've come up with a list of ten of the funniest Italian sayings featuring food that I've encountered since I started learning the language. By using them correctly in conversation, you are guaranteed to … [Read more...] about 10 Funny Italian Sayings Featuring Food
Gorgeous is a popular adjective used to describe someone who is beautiful or something that is attractive or pleasant. It can also be used as a term of endearment to flatter someone. There isn't a direct translation for gorgeous in Italian, but there are lots of words that express more or less the same thing, and most of them have an English equivalent. You'll find all the most popular ones in … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Say Gorgeous in Italian