New Jersey is a wonderfully diverse place. Though a relatively small state, it has the highest population density in the U.S. It's also brimming with an immense amount of Italian-American residents. I'm half-Italian, but I didn't grow up speaking a lick of the mellifluous tongue. From pizza and pasta to "The Sopranos," I was raised in a place where...

Just like the umlaut (those two dots over some vowels) in German and the tilde (the squiggly line over the letter n) in Spanish, Italian has a couple of letter markings that don’t exist in English, namely accents. Though tiny in size, these markings pack a punch as far as pronunciation—and, at times, meaning—so don’t underestimate their importance....

There are almost twenty museums of Italian emigration to America, and another one has recently been inaugurated. It is part of a wonderful complex in the US Capital, Washington DC. I am pleased to have Francesco Isgrò as guest and protagonist of this interview, President of this wonderful new place that celebrates the Italian American experience an...

italiana is the Farnesina’s response to the demand for Italian culture around the world. A unique vessel where music and performing arts, literature and publishing, cinema, visual arts, archaeology and cultural heritage, design, food and wine come to the fore. A project that sees the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation engaged...

Modern Italian, like many other languages, originated from Latin.  After the Roman Empire fell, Classical Latin continued to be used for most writings.  A different version, Vulgar Latin, became more commonly spoken by the average person in parts of Italy and eventually led to Classical Italian. Latin continued to change over the centuries, creatin...

Italians often use the word mannaggia (mahn-nadj-dja) instead of others they think more offensive. It usually expresses annoyance or spite and can sometimes come in association with other words to create colorful sayings, such as mannaggia la miseria!, which we render in English with “for goodness’ sake” or, quite simply, with “damn.” Very common i...

MARCH 3 @ 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM ET. Zoom webinar. Oreganized by: Dickinson College. Register here. Ilana Rainero-de Haan, Music Planning Manager at San Franscisco Opera, will discuss how her study and career path in music and Italian language and culture across Italy and USA led her to her current position at the San Francisco Opera. She graduated fro...

Millikan High School in Long Beach, California is looking for an Italian teacher to helm their Italian and Italian for Spanish Speakers program starting in August 2021. Interested candidates must already have permission to work in the United States and should have a single-subject credential in Italian (priority will be given to candidates who also...

Hello everyone! It’s February! Saint Valentine has just passed, but I think we all need some positivity and love, so I thought to continue the love strand and talk about some love expressions! First of all let’s dive into what amore means in Italian. Amore does mean love, but it is usually used differently from English. Amore indicates the feeling...

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, Italidea-Midwest fosters the study of the Italian language and the promotion of Italian culture. The organization works in conjunction with the Chicago Italian Consulate and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 10 Midwest states. Cavallero is an adjunct professor of Italian in the Modern Languages Department at DePa...