It’s an all-too-familiar battle for some parents — getting their kids to stop playing video games and do their homework. But in one classroom at St. Louis University, video games are just another learning tool, like textbooks or worksheets. The course, Intensive Italian for Gamers, is a hybrid of traditional instruction and in-class video gaming. T...

Nelle università e nelle scuole di management di tutto il mondo è molto di moda l’espressione Stem: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Sono queste le discipline del futuro, gli ambiti di competenza su cui si devono concentrare i manager di oggi e quelli di domani. Si parla anche di pensiero computazionale: la capacità cioè di pensare...

In Italy we say: Marzo pazzerello, aprile con l’ombrello – March is a goofy fellow, in April you need the umbrella – so what a better topic for April than rain? This month I’m going to tell you all about Italian expressions that have to do with rain. Let’s begin!  In Italy, every month has a specific quality to it, and April is the rainy month of t...

Il liceo Notre Dame di West Haven in Connecticut vuole cancellare il programma di italiano perché non crede che sia una lingua per il futuro. Il Connecticut vanta la seconda più alta percentuale di abitanti di discendenza italiana, circa il 16,6%, ed è il secondo stato negli USA per il maggior numero di persone che parlano l’italiano a casa. Quindi...

Togliersi qualche sfizio, (satisfy a quirky need) or even mangiare qualcosa di sfizioso (eating something tasty and indulgent) are popular expression indeed in the Italian language.  Sfizio is one of those words we use continuously, yet without really knowing anything about its origins. And so, it is surprising to learn it probably has southern roo...

As a research assistant for Fordham’s oral history initiatives, the Bronx Italian American History Initiative (BIAHI) and The Bronx African American History Project (BAAHP), Alison Rini, FCRH ’21, said she saw shared themes between the two projects. Soon after that, Rini said her research mentor Kathleen LaPenta, along with Co-Director of BIAHI, Ja...

Un grande lavoro di squadra. È così che il Console Generale Francesco Genuardi ha definito l’introduzione del Dual Language Program inglese/italiano nella Publich School 242 di Harlem, il primo a Manhattan, dopo quello già attivo a Brooklyn. Un lavoro di squadra che ha visto coinvolti istituzioni italiane e americane, associazioni, rappresentanti d...

When searching for the most useful Italian words to learn, you might come across lists of nouns like gatto (cat), cane (dog), casa (house), and so on. These are fine if you’re a total beginner, or a preschooler. But are they really the most useful words of all? Like all good Italian students, I studied my endless lists of nouns and verb conjugation...

In bocca la lupo is an expression that divides Italy in a half. It is used by everyone, everywhere and at any time, yet some believe that saying it brings misfortune on the person to whom we say it, unless a specific answer is given. We’re complicated people, we Italians, especially when it comes to bad omens and scaramanzia.  But one thing at a ti...

The Italian professors from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee organized an Italian Day. Students in Ms. Sabrina’s second and third grade full Italian Immersion class were invited to participate. Victory students arrived at the student Union and were greeted by the team of Italian professors. Victory students were given a guided tour of the camp...