Si è svolta presso la sede dell'Ambasciata d'Italia a Washington, negli Stati Uniti, la prima riunione semestrale dell'Osservatorio Nazionale della Lingua Italiana, organismo che riunisce i principali protagonisti attivi nella promozione della lingua italiana negli Stati Uniti. Presenti alla riunione i Consoli Generali, i Dirigenti degli Uffici Ist...

It’s January 2020, a new year, a new beginning, a new era. This is the time of the year in which we make new resolutions and leave the past behind, so I thought it would be a good idea for some words that (thankfully) we left behind. I am talking about Italian words that were created during the Fascism regime when all foreign loan words were seen a...

Sexy, pieno di passione e professionale: così è visto l’accento italiano all’estero ma quasi la metà degli italiani vorrebbero liberarsi del proprio accento quando parlano una lingua straniera (il 45%, contro il 35% della media), a un 35% non importa e solo il 15% vorrebbe mantenerlo. E la sensazione si acuisce ulteriormente se si parla di carriera...

Sono oltre 7.000 le visualizzazioni raggiunte in poche settimane dal video "Gli USA parlano italiano", con il quale l'Ambasciata Italiana a Washington ha reso preziosa testimonianza dell'attuale fermento che vi è negli Stati Uniti per la lingua e cultura italiana. Il fermento per il Belpaese si traduce in 220.000 americani che studiano la lingua it...

Correct pronunciation is key to communicating well in Italian. Have you ever considered using tongue twisters to strengthen your pronunciation skills? You get to practise difficult sounds and groups of letters and improve them through repetition. If you fancy having a go, try out these tongue twisters, known as ‘scioglilingue’ in Italian. It’s a go...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm. New Season's Market, 7703 SW Nyberg Street, Tualatin OR. For the past two decades, Bob Powers and his husband Donald have made dozens of trips to the beautiful walled city of Lucca. For much of the past decade, Bob has been working on a travel memoir, based upon his experience trying to learn the blessed Italian...

With any luck, you won't need this phrase too often. Have you ever spotted an Italian 'making horns'?  Here's a demonstration in case you're not sure what that looks like: No, they're not telling you to 'rock on'. In Italy the gesture is a sign you're hoping for good luck, similar to crossing your ngers in English-speaking countries. Le corna ('hor...

In my mother’s hometown in Italy, people don’t ask, “What is your name?” Rather, they ask, “To whom do you belong?” You answer with the family name, actually most of the time with the nickname by which your family is known in town. The importance of belonging to a family, to a community, comes before one’s own individuality. The community shares th...

Here we are again: the year is almost over and a new one will start soon. So, I thought I would take a good look at what expressions are typical of this period of time, of December, of Christmas, and generally speaking of the end of the year. Let’s begin!  First, let’s look at the month of December. Starting from the beginning, Italians say Santa L...

The Embassy of Italy in the United States and the Consulate General in Philadelphia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Education (DoE) of Maryland. The new Memorandum replaces the previous one of 2015, updating and integrating it, to further improve the program of Italian language and culture in the State. The main objectiv...