Language tourism, which combines traveling in our beautiful country and learning Italian, has obviously been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. I have therefore interviewed Giorgio Massei, contract professor at the University of Macerata for the Master’s degree in ‘Teaching Italian to foreigners in an intercultural perspective’, author of va...

Despite the recent pandemic crisis, Italy is still the third largest economy in the Eurozone and the eighth largest in the world. Foreign investments are one of the key factors that fuel the growth of the country along with exporting, at a global level, ‘made in Italy’ quality goods.The Italian language is often neglected by international public re...

Simona Rodano, a world-renowned songstress and multiple award-winner, is at it again! From her tiny apartment in Queens, the artist aka The Italian Fairy® spreads her love for Italy and her appreciation for the Italian way of life through edutainment. She presents unique online educational performances for young students all around the world. The I...

You may not know it, but you have almost certain spoken Venetian over the past few months. Any discussion of the current world health crisis inevitably circles around to “quarantine”, which is derived from the Venetian term quarantena, or “forty days”.  Quarantena was once used to refer to the 40-day period in which ships and their crew were requir...

It’s time to talk grammar again. This time I would like to tackle a topic that seems pretty hard to grasp if you are learning Italian, but it comes natural to Italian speakers, even though the majority of us would not know how to explain it. “What is it?”, you ask. It’s Ne. I must say that this topic is pretty advanced, so if you’re a beginner, don...

The word rinascita, or rebirth, has never sounded so beautiful. We pronounce it ree-nah-she-tah, and it has the same root and origin as Rinascimento, or Renaissance, that period in Italian and European history that gave us Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raffaello and Lorenzo de’ Medici. Rinascita is a noun that comes from a verb, rinascere (to be reborn),...

Nei giorni scorsi sono stati pubblicati rapporti sulla scarsa efficacia dei corsi online per gli studenti americani costretti a casa dal coronavirus. Ma fanno eccezione i corsi di italiano promossi e finanziati dallo IACE, Italian American Committee on Education, nelle scuole pubbliche e private degli Stati di New York, New Jersey e Connecticut. Da...

COVID-19 lockdown for those of us in the United States meant that pre-planned trips to Italy had to be postponed, collectively breaking the hearts of many Italian Americans who live for their summer trips back to their ancestral lands. While the lockdown, now slowly lifting, was difficult for many, for others it provided a time to make discoveries...

It is known for being used as either "hello" or "goodbye" between family members, friends, and those amongst the same peer group. Although Ciao is seen as an Italian greeting, it has only been to a part of the Italian vocabulary since the 20th century. The Origins of Ciao According to La Gazzetta Italiana, "The word ciao, in fact, derives from the ...

Is Italian truly the most beautiful language in the world? Once the language of philosophy and poetry, up to the point that John Milton could sing “questa è lingua di cui si vanta Amore” (this is the language of which Love makes his boast), in the late twentieth century Italian was certainly the language of football and fashion; but is this still t...