Beginners

It's summer and you may be planning your holidays: an Italian holiday would be all about good food and enjoying a delicious meal with family and friends. If you visit, then, you'll likely spend quite a bit of time in restaurants or eating, so you need to be prepared.  We've put together some...
Regional Differences in Italian Pronunciation
Sunday, April 27TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
When studying a foreign language, students are taught what is grammatically correct taking standard language as point of reference; however, there are some geographical influences that affect the way people speak including the field of pronunciation and making sometimes communication more difficult...
At a hotel: some useful Italian words
Tuesday, December 17TH, 2013 by Anna De Filippo
  When travelling to Italy and staying at a hotel, there is little risk that people will not understand English. Actually, every receptionist speaks at least one foreign language and English is always a must. It is likely that you will find staff that speak only Italian if you go to very...
How to Express a date in Italian
Friday, January 14TH, 2011 by elisa bressan
Years and Centuries Italiano: 1 gennaio 2011 gg/mm/aa (d/m/y - North Americans generally place the month first) ° day wrote in Western numbers ° month expressed with letters or with numbers ° year, wrote in full length For example: 4.6.80 = 4 giugno 1980 = June 4th,1980 il 1 febbraio 1981...
Arithmetical Calculations
Friday, January 14TH, 2011 by elisa bressan
Don't panic, I don't want to teach you arithmetics! Instead, I'd like to help you learn how to talk about some of the easy arithmetical operations that apply in our daily life. Arithmetics is the oldest and simplest branch of mathematics, used by almost everyone. It is practiced daily by all for...
Common Italian Words You'll Need While Shopping
Friday, November 26TH, 2010 by
Quanto costa? "How much is it?". The most important sentence to learn in any language before going shopping. Just remember that, according to Italian law, all prices are supposed to be displayed on merchandise.   Sconto? "Sconto", discount is the word to obtain a great bargain...
Italian for the Phone
Friday, November 12TH, 2010 by elisa bressan
In today's lesson you'll learn useful phrases for dealing with phone calls, so you can gain confidence with it. Public telephones are available throughout Italy and you can use phonecards which can be purchased at bars, post offices or tobacconists, even if the most part of the people use their ...
Learning the Days of the Week, the Months and the Seasons in Italian
Thursday, October 21TH, 2010 by elisa bressan
If you're beginning to speak Italian, then it's important to learn the names and the words associated with the days of the week, months of the year and the ever-changing seasons. Not only will these words help when telling time and planning ahead with newfound friends, but they'll also help you...
Let's Talk About The Weather
Sunday, October 03TH, 2010 by elisa bressan
In today's lesson you'll learn to talk about the weather in Italian. If you're planning on visiting Italy it's probably best to learn some key words so you can understand basic discussions about the weather to help you decide what you should wear or if it makes more sense to take a stroll or stay...
Telling the Time in Italian
Wednesday, August 18TH, 2010 by elisa bressan
  In Italy and forgot your watch back at the hotel? Need to know if you're on track to make it to the store or gallery before it closes? Here are some easy tips and phrases to make asking about the time easy during your stay in Italy. "Che ora è" is one of the most common phrases in Italian used...

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