Curious about how to use the word ‘anzi’ in Italian? I was, too and I found out from Italian speakers! [In Italian]
This honest + inspiring piece from Lisa Condie on the Huffington Post. I NEED to book her as a guest on the 30 Minute Italian podcast. [In English]
Did you hear about that lady who sent out a racist tweet about Africa and then got fired for it? Whether you did or not, it will do your vocabulary bank a deal of good to read it in Italian. [In Italian]
I sheepishly make one of these mistakes all of the time. Are you making any of these culinary mistakes that would shock the masters of Italian cooking? [In English]
If you love Venice, you gotta’ take a peek at their dialect, which is considered an entirely different language. [In Italian]
If you love Italian cheese, you MUST salivate over this slideshow + become even more expert in cheeses. [In English]
And to train your ear, here are some video clips:
- Blue Valentine Trailer Italiano
- L’eredità – Martina Vince 190 Mila Euro
- Jennifer Lawrence al David Letterman [subtitles in Italian + speech in English]
- Noi Siamo Infinito Trailer [trailer for Perks of Being a Wallflower]
And speaking of cheese…a recipe for Fonduta alla Valdostana. [In Italian]
A beautiful ( & tear-inducing ) story of how Dante & the Inferno helped a guy get through grief. [In English]
It’s become obvious that I learn Italian while dreaming about eating food. However, I’m not a huge fan of this sweet candy made around the time of Befana in Italy. [In Italian]
Don’t know who Befana is? Listen here to find out.
La Repubblica TV put out this gorgeous video called Il mondo in un minuto (the world in one minute). Indulge in the beauty. [On an all Italian site]
Italians use the term ‘half-full’ too to mean optimistic! Read the headline of this article about Paola Iezzi, a famous DJ in Italy. [In Italian]
Looking for new Italian music to listen to? Go here + type in your favorite Italian artist. It will create a burst of other names for you to go + explore in the Italian music atmosphere. See this example I did with Jovanotti.
Dianne Hales, one of my favorite authors on all things Italy-related, has her newest book Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered for pre-sale on Amazon. It’s all about the story of the actual girl in the Mona Lisa + how the picture came to be. Check it out.
Travel Happy Loveliness
You can kiss your lover while in a completely different house in Umbria, Italy. Interested?
A fantastic guide on which foods you should shop for during the Autumn in Tuscany from the lovely Krista at Alla Fiorentina.
Don’t take this video bashing on Italy seriously. Use it to brighten your day with some laughter.
A site dedicated to helping you find the most awesome free activities to do in Florence. Bookmark it.
Geeky Linguistics Stuff <3
I know a couple of you are learning Italian alongside your children, and if you are, take a look at this post on five ways to teach your child language through play. It’s written just for learning one language, but it still applies!
When this guy, Francis E. Sommer, died he was fluent in 94 languages. 94 LANGUAGES! Dive into this article to learn about him + other master linguists.
”I am afraid to cram any more words into my head,” he told an interviewer. ”Either the top will come off or some morning I will wake up speaking Babel.” – Francis E. Sommer
They don’t have it for Italian yet, but CatAcademy (created by the co-founder of Memrise) is available for teaching Spanish. The images of the cats are said to help you retain information better. I’m sure the humorous aspect helps a lot, too.
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