Happy Christmas, Buon Natale a tutti! Festivities, even in this dreadful Covid-19 climate, remain a time to think positive and smile. And is there a better way to celebrate that making a toast? In English, we use the word cheers, in Italy, we use cin cin (pronounced tcheen-tcheen). Cin cin is so much like cheers that the popular 1980s TV series Che...

Blessed with one of the most beautiful languages, Italy is also home to a plethora of linguistic minorities, twelve to be precise, across fourteen regions, with almost three million speakers. The Occitan linguistic minority of the Alpine valleys of Piedmont and Liguria is probably one of the most well known, also because of the importance the langu...

Christmas is in the air. So I though, why don’t we just take a break from the usual topic, and I teach you a few Christmas words? How can I not start with Santa who is Babbo Natale in Italian, “Father Christmas” or maybe I should say Gesù Bambino, “Baby Jesus.” Yes, because many kids are told that Babbo Natale brings them gifts and others are told...

Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, assistant professor and section head for Italian at the University of Arkansas, has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the American Association of Teachers of Italian's Distinguished Service Award for the college/university level. A member of the American Association of Teachers of Italian for 13 years, Calabretta-Sajder...

MyEduClub is the name of the new US digital platform just launched by the Giuseppe Pezzano LLC Group, which founded Platform3000 and Edu Assistance, and was the principal financial backer of the EduItalia Association. The goal? To relaunch the study abroad sector, which has been suffering due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As the strategic sector for th...

È stato l’Ambasciatore d’Italia a Washington Armando Varricchio ad aprire i lavori della 2^ seduta semestrale dell’Osservatorio Nazionale della Lingua italiana, che riunisce i principali protagonisti attivi nella promozione della lingua e cultura italiana negli Stati Uniti. A farne il resoconto oggi è EduItalia, associazione che raggruppa 111 tra s...

Thursday evening, La Scuola d’Italia, hosted a webinar for the occasion of La Settimana della Lingua Italiana (Week of the Italian Language in the World), presenting a video made by their fifth grade students, which had as its core theme the subject of the Italian language. The video, entitled I Ribelli, was planned by Massimo Zoran, the school’s t...

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,...