italian language

When I first started learning Italian in the spring of 2001, it was in anticipation of my first trip to Italy. Naturally, then, I focused on “survival Italian” – how to order in a restaurant, how to ask for directions, how to be generally polite to people. When I got […]

Will I ever be witty in Italian?

I’m a huge fan of Italian sayings, so I was very pleased to come across a few pages on the Moving2Italy2 blog that deal with Italian sayings and expressions. Each page is a collection of links to other websites, and each page is occasionally updated with more information, so they’re […]

Resources for Italian Expressions

I’ve noted before that one of the struggles of learning a new language is going from being reasonably articulate in your native tongue to being reduced to childish phrases and half-sentences in your new language. Well, one of the blogs I’ve quoted before on this subject has another post about […]

To Learn the Language (and Not Sound Like an Idiot) ...

I’m taking a break from teaching right now, but one of the things I used to have to explain to my students was how the Italian language is a “living language” – it’s still changing, because it’s still being spoken. All languages which are still being spoken are “living languages,” […]

New Words in Italian

One of the things I find most frustrating about learning another language is how stupid I sound sometimes. I can usually get my point across in a conversation, but I’m forced to do it using childlike language as opposed to sounding like an adult. I’m capable of expressing myself pretty […]

To Learn the Language (and Not Sound Like an Idiot)