The musicality of the Italian language


Maria Callas

We often here say, especially by foreigners, that Italian is characterized by an innate musicality that makes this language wonderfully pleasant to listen to. Many argue that our language sounds almost like a song and proves likeable and gentle. They are, of course, judgments that often stem from personal taste and are very difficult to evaluate on an objective basis. Opinions regarding the Italian language in the history of European and foreign culture are, in fact, too many to count: […]

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Games and nursery rhymes to learn Italian while having fun


giocare

It is ever easier to learn Italian by nourishing ones creativity, enjoying oneself and putting oneself to the test, but with that light-hearted spirit for learning, which at times is useful to meet life’s challenges! From enigmatography to quizzes, to nursery rhymes, which, thanks to their phonetic features help memorize, many are the tools available to the student getting ready to learn a foreign language. The study of Italian includes also moments of play. When studying Italian, a series of […]

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Italian and Roman dialect


Alberto Sordi

While walking through the city, hanging out in bars and restaurants, shopping at the supermarket, talking to people, you will have surely noticed how standard Italian in Rome is accompanied by the Roman dialect very frequently. Essentially, everyone, sooner or later, will let a few words in “Roman” slip out! If you are already getting to know Italian quite well, you will probably understand most of the words that are said or, at least, you will have a pretty good […]

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Dear Romulus I write to you: open letter to the founder of Rome


lettera

Dear Romulus, founder of a city originated from nothing, which has over the years become great, rich in history and charm, full of wonders, chaotic, sometimes difficult and problematic, stressful but also warm, bright and welcoming. Thank you. Thank you for having had 2768 years ago (yes, soon it will be Rome’s birthday) the idea and the determination to found what would become one of the most important cities in the world for its history and culture; a city that […]

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5 ways to practice your Italian


Scuola di italiano a Roma

Mission accomplished: you have set some goals, you have found an apartment, you have chosen a good school where to study Italian and now you are here – loads of enthusiasm and motivation -ready to learn at best our language. What is the best way to learn a new language and make it your own? In addition to studying the rules of syntax and grammar, in order to grasp the subtleties and idioms the relationship with the native speakers is […]

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“We come and go”: use of the verbs to come and to go


insegnanti-romit

As Ligabue, a very famous Italian singer whom you will get to know (and perhaps even appreciate), used to say in one of his famous songs a few years ago “si viene e si va, comunque ballando” (we come and go, however dancing). The famous Emilian singer, as a true Italian, knows how to properly use these verbs, but for a student struggling with the beginning of the study of our language it is by no means an easy task. […]

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Studying Italian online. The web can help


web

It was on August 6, 1991 that the first website in history made its appearance online. The site in question was info.cern.ch and its creator was a gentleman named Tim Berners-Lee. Since then the World Wide Web and online browsing have become indisputably part of our daily life posing as a fundamental tool to say the least. Everything goes through the network, from the procurement of news and information, to the management of bureaucratic practices of any kind and it […]

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While you learn – The conjunction ‘mentre’


studio della grammatica

To express the relationships that occur explicitly at the same time, the Italian language uses two important conjunctions: the most common one is certainly quando (when), immediately followed by mentre (while). The latter, perhaps also due to its versatility – which we shall soon see – raises always several questions regarding its potential use; it is in any case one of the most common words in the current language, and it is important, for this reason, to have a good […]

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How do you learn Italian? By talking!


studenti-Romit

What is the best way to learn Italian? How to make studying a language an everyday communication tool? As you know, learning a foreign language has various aspects; it is certainly crucial to study grammar and syntax, but, in order to develop more practical language skills, such as the communication, it is necessary to talk with someone so as to test oneself in conversation, in other words, to practice all the sentence structures, expressions and vocabulary that were previously acquired. […]

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Learn Italian, a chance to travel


studenti Romit al Colosseo

You learn through traveling. What better occasion to explore new horizons, if not while studying a foreign language? Learning Italian while living for some time in Italy is undoubtedly a dynamic, effective and stimulating learning method. To choose a school in the capital, in the very heart of Rome, means making a careful and optimal choice to live a new and unforgettable experience. Travelling within the city, taking up new challenges, discovering its alleys, the known and unknown sites, chatting […]

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