If you were to take a poll in the streets of, let’s say, Milan, or Florence, or Rome, asking Italians what the most important language for business might be, we’d be willing to bet you’d collect only one answer: English. It’s no secret  that English is the most commonly spoken language in the world, and in countries like Italy,  being comfortable w...

Sign the petition to keep Italian at Notre Dame High School in West Haven, CT. Connecticut boasts the second highest percentage of residents of Italian heritage (16.6%), narrowly trailing Rhode Island, and also ranks second nationally for Italian spoken at home, after the State of New York. Notre Dame declares that their Foreign Language Department...

Iscrizioni aperte fino al 30 aprile per le Maria Manetti Shrem Grants 2019. Ad annunciarlo è la Commissione Lingua e Cultura del Comites di San Francisco, ricordando che le borse di studio sono destinate agli studenti che affronteranno l’esame Ap Italian. In base ai loro risultati verranno assegnati premi da 50 a 100 dollari. L’iniziativa, sottolin...

The Director of the Coccia Institute is delighted to announce the 2019 Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12). Recognizing the importance of acknowledging and motivating excellence in the teaching of Italian, the Coccia family and Lawrence Inserra, Jr., have established this significant award. Our donor...

The Italian standard has evolved starting from Tuscan. Why Tuscan? It is soon said: thanks to the prestige and the success of authors in vulgar such as Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarch (as we know, also the Milanese Manzoni went to rinse his cloths in the Arno centuries later meaning that he followed the canons of the language spoken in Florence). Aft...

When it comes to studying modern languages at Millikin University, students are taught to master four basic skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The Italian courses at Millikin, like programs in Spanish and French, place heavy emphasis on understanding the language, but more importantly, learning to appreciate the culture. Francesca Te...

It’s common to learn your colors in Italian as a beginner, but have you come across any idiomatic expressions using these colors? Some teachers prefer to wait a while before teaching idioms as they can be difficult for students to translate. The very definition of an idiom is a phrase or expression that has a figurative sense and not a literal one....

Funded by Commission for Language and Culture of COMITES SF Comites San Francisco invites all students preparing for the AP Italian Exam on May 15th, 2019 to join the free mock test ONLINE. Any student living within the Italian Consular District of San Francisco² can participate. Diana Ferrara, PhD, Italian instructor at De Anza College in Cupertin...

The Roman dialect was singled out by poet Dante as the ugliest in all of Italy. The writer said it wasn't worthy of being described as a 'vulgar tongue' but was merely 'profanity'. In fact, some people call the dialect 'Romanaccio' (instead of the more formal 'Romanesco'), with the suffix 'accio' carrying negative connotations (a 'giornataccia' for...

If one thinks of Italian regions from the outside, it is easy to get the impression that certain features of the landscape are essential parts of local identity: the mountains of Piemonte, the canals of Venezia, and the rioni of Napoli, those densely populated urban corridors that abound with life, foe example. The UNESCO World Heritage Program, of...