50 Common Italian Words Used in the English Language

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 …

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10 Difficult Words to Pronounce in Italian for English Speakers

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 …

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Formal Italian Greetings & Expressions: Lei vs Tu

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 …

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Learn the 8 Most Important Italian Question Words

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 …

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Super Spooky Halloween Words in Italian for Kids!

Super Spooky Italian Halloween Vocabulary for Kids!

When I first moved to Italy back in 2008, one of the 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 …

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How to Use Anki Flashcards to Learn Italian Quickly

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 …

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