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…

How I Study Italian: Updated for 2016

“…the thirtysomething student [who was Leonardo da Vinci] copied vocabi italiani (Italian words derived from Latin) into his notebooks, filling page after page of the Codex Trivulzianus, his earliest manuscript, which he referred to as “my book of words.” Even as Leonardo neared age forty, he was still working at conjugations, copying “amo, amas, amat” as diligently…

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…

Recentemente in italiano: i miei compiti

Recently in Italian: My Homework With summer’s loose and lazy schedule, I have not been as committed to Italiano as I would like, which makes me anxious as I’m preparing to host cugini (cousins) very soon! Still, in the last few weeks, I have found some fun new ways to practice Italian. Su Internet / On Line Italy Magazine…

Forza Italia!

  With youth soccer ramping up in suburbs across America, I thought the timing was perfect to share this photo. I snapped this in Rome a couple of summers ago, walking by a fairly nondescript bar in Rome on my way to the Pantheon. (Actually, I was really on my way to the Piazza del…