Starting from Wednesday the 25th of March until the 1st of May the College Board is broadcasting daily video lessons for all students who are preparing to take the Italian *AP exams. This is the playlist of the videos, which will be broadcast live and will then be available as recordings: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoGgviqq4844fvUz7G3ob...

On the northern coast of Sicily, looking out toward the magnificent Aeolian Islands, Milazzo is a small town home to Laboling, an Italian language school welcoming students from around the world.  Like all businesses in the tourism industry, language schools are suffering as well due to the coronavirus emergency, which caused Italy, the first count...

Teachers in Italy have had to adapt to big changes quickly after the country closed all schools and universities at the beginning of March. One month on, what have they learned from the experience? As the coronavirus outbreak intensied in Italy, the government ordered the closure of all schools and universities nationwide on March 4. In some parts...

Vittoria (Vit-toh-ree-ah) is one of those words you recognize in all languages. Victory in English, victoire in French, victoria in Spanish, never mind where you come from in the world, its sound and meaning is understood.  The first to use it were the Romans: they used to say victoria, a noun that came from the verb vincere, to win, the very  same...

Speranza (spe-rahn-zah), what a beautiful word. It means  “hope” and  it comes from  the Latin  spes, a noun of the fifth declension, one that kids in school never managed to remember.  Before being “speranza,” it was speme in Italian and, although the former entered our vocabulary sometimes around the  13th century, the latter would still appear h...

When driving through the Italian countryside near where the region of Lazio meets the region of Campania, it is impossible to miss the beautifully imposing structure of the Monastery of Monte Cassino gracing the skyline. What you might not know when looking at this architectural masterpiece is that it houses a masterpiece of a different kind. Over...

If any language proves that there’s room at the linguistic table for everyone… it’s Italian! This week, we continue our examination of the languages of Italy as we take a closer look at her many Regional Languages and Dialects, including the unique blend of Italian and English spoken by Italian Americans through the generations. We’ll discuss the s...

It’s often said that language is the living history of a people, and the Italian language has had a very exciting life! In this week’s episode, we dive into the history of the Italian language, from its Latin roots to its standardization straight through to its evolution into the languages of Italy’s 100 million person diaspora.  Our team also disc...

Welcome back to our tour of Italy. This time we are landing in Tuscany, the beautiful hilly region famous for its charming hills and bucolic landscapes. But if you ask me, it’s for its absolutely lovely way of speaking and accent. As I told you a long long time ago, when I first introduced the Italian language to you, Italian comes from the Tuscan...

The Commission for Language and Culture of COMITES is happy to announce the opening of the call for Maria Manetti Shrem Grants 2020. Students who take the AP Italian Exam 2020 and score 3 or higher will be awarded with prizes from 50 to 100$. This initiative is possible thanks to the generosity of Ms. Maria Manetti Shrem, a stellar lover of Arts an...