We all use it, but where does it come from, really? And how should we translate it into English? These are the two, most pressing questions associated with our expression of the day, alla faccia (ahl-la fah-tcha). According to our dictionary, it is a playful expression, often used to mock someone or something we’re saying.  Probably, alla faccia (w...

What do you get when you combine an expert Italian language and culture program with authentic Italian settings, cuisine and an avid passion for bringing like-minded people together for authentic experiences? The Serata Italiana initiative, brainchild of Alessandro Concas Sr., husband/business partner of renowned pianist and entrepreneur Oksana® Ko...

Here we go again on our trip around the Italian dialects. This time we are in the core of Italy, region of central and southern Italy that is not by the sea but has beautiful rolling hills. We are in Umbria, more specifically Perugia, a city famous for its Eurochocolate Festival, its art, and amazing Etruscan architecture. As all the other regions,...

My first years in Italy were spent in Rome and rural Umbria, two areas of the Bel Paese in which swearing is a bit of a competitive sport and the threshold for offense particularly high. Since I didn’t really have anyone to help me navigate the choppy waters of blue language, I quickly became as foul-mouthed as a sailor without fully realizing how...

On 21 October, the award ceremony for the scholarships offered by the Eduitalia Association to 23 students from American high schools who successfully passed the AP Italian language exam in 2020 was held in virtual mode. The ceremony took part during the XX Week of the Italian Language in the world. The 2518 registered AP Italian exams by the Colle...

During the XX Week of the Italian Language in the World, the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington DC, in cooperation with the Embassy of Italy, has launched a series of 12 read-along podcasts from the book "Telephone Tales" by Gianni Rodari (1920-1980). To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of this great Italian author, his “Telephone...

Grammar time! This time I want to talk about full sentences and teach you how to create an if clause in Italian, or at least give you an intro to it. Since there are many types of if clauses and just one article is too short for all of them, this time I’ll introduce the type of conditional sentences that can be used to talk about real situations. L...

Ti voglio bene (tee voh-llioh bai-nai) is the sweetest of Italian expressions. Unlike its more theatrical sister, ti amo, “ti voglio bene” tends to be more subtle but also more authentic. When you say “ ti voglio bene,” you’re usually honest  and really feel what you say, while  “ti amo”… well, we all know “ti  amo” can be misleading sometimes.  Th...

McMenamins Kennedy School in NE Portland is home to local beers, music and mementos of the school’s colorful history. The building was renovated by the chain in the ‘90s and now serves as a lively neighborhood hub; however, if you take a walk through its hallways, you will be transported back to the early 1900s — childhood shenanigans and all. The...

On October 19 the XX edition of the Week of the Italian Language in the World opens in the USA. The event, as underlined by Ambassador Armando Varricchio "plays a fundamental role in promoting the cultural richness of our country". Established in 2001 under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic, the Week of the Italian Language in the...