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While I love talking to expats living in Italy about their perspectives and their experiences learning the language, I adore having native Italian speakers on the show who have grown up in Italy and are able to offer insight from their point of view.
When I found out that FlashSticks, a sponsor of the show, had an employee from Italy, I knew I had to talk to her.
Marianna Prizio is a native of a small town near Naples called Avellino, and we chat all about her childhood growing up in Italy, the differences between Italian and British culture, and the Italian language, of course!
— A native Italian’s perspectives on the differences between the north & the south of Italy
— Two of Marianna’s favorite foods from Naples
— Two verb tenses Italians struggle with too (hint: here’s one)
— Which grammar mistake Marianna often sees her Italian friends making on Facebook that you should avoid
— What the Neapolitan dialect sounds like + why it was important to Marianna to learn it
— Three of Marianna’s favorite proverbs + sayings in Italian
Resources Marianna Mentioned
— Avellino – the town where Marianna is from near Naples
— O Sole Mio – song from Naples by Luciano Pavarotti
— Ad ogni morte di papa – At every death of a Pope (rarely)
— Tutto il mondo è paese – All the world is a village.
— Quando il gatto non c’è, i topi ballano. – When the cat is away, the mice dance.