7 Reasons to Love Italian

We study Italian because we want to, not because we need to. Because the music of the language moves us to learn it, to engage in this “impracticality”, to throw some of our precious time to the wind and do something simple for the pleasure of being able to pronounce words like piacere. –From “Why…

How to Choose a Language School in Italy

With so many options of learning Italian in Italy, choosing the right program can be daunting. There’s the question of where: a big city, with more options for formalized language programs and an easier home-base for travel; a smaller town with more possibility of language immersion and local charm. There’s the decision of which type…

Four Weekly Practices for Learning Italian

Or, How I Study Italian 2018 In searching for some words of encouragement to begin this post, I typed into Google “why study Italian”? A number of posts of popped up, mostly from language school blogs or university foreign language departments. I clicked the one with the most number of reasons (24). Coming it at #24,…

A Home for the Italian Language

On the outskirts of Florence sits Villa di Castello, country home of Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-1574), Grand Duke of Tuscany.  Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and Primavera once adorned the walls of the villa, and Castello’s elaborate garden — renowned throughout Europe — influenced other famous gardens including Florence’s Boboli Gardens. Villa di Castello has seen…

Grazie and More: Saying Thank You in Italian

  Buon Giorno del Ringraziamento a tutti! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated the fourth Thursday of every November. It is one of my favorite holidays, with the focus of gathering as a family, preparing the traditional meal, and taking time to share that for which we are grateful. I especially…

Uno Strumento di Pace

An Instrument of Peace This post is dedicated to longtime reader Bonnie, who recently asked me to publish the entire Simple Prayer for Peace by St. Francis in Italian. “One of the ways I study Italian is by learning prayers,” she shared, which reminded me of how much I enjoy that method of learning as…