Kickstart your Italian skills with an awesome list of the 100 Most frequently used Italian words

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New to Italian but want to get a great start at learning? Start with the 100 Most frequently used Italian words. I have been teaching Italian for almost 20 years, so people ask me what the best way to start is. Here is a great language learning hack – memorize the most frequently used vocabulary. you can start by learning the 100 most common Italian words. This will help you to build a base and form sentences in Italian. Most […]

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How to order food in Italian at a Restaurant like a Pro! – Free Italian Lesson

Learn to order food in Italian like a pro at a restaurant with our quick video lesson. Waiters in Italy always ask the same questions. When you order food in Italian you will frequently hear: “Quanti?” “Da Bere?” ‘Da Mangiare?” “Dolce? Caffè? Digestivo?”   If you are ready with the answers you will impress everyone with your Italian ordering skills in Italy! Some slang helps: “Che Facciamo?” Lesson taught by Marianna and Garrett Strommen  

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Garrett’s Recipe for Spaghetti alle Vongole (Clam Spaghetti)

Ciao a tutti! I wanted to share my quick and easy recipe for my delicious Spaghetti alle vongole. Trust me, if you follow this recipe you will never be able to order this dish at an “Italian” restaurant. What I mean is, that you may become like me and struggle to find a restaurant that serves pasta as good as you can make it yourself! The other problem is that your friends will always want you to cook! Ingredienti: Spaghetti […]

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What is Ferragosto? Italian Dichotomies

What is Ferragosto?

Ferragosto is a Holiday celebrated in Italy on August 15th. It marks the height of Italian summer vacations. Italians are at the beach or at summer villas, and tourists rule the boarded up streets.

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Inspirational Quotes – learning a language sayings

Inspirational Quotes - learning a language sayings

Below are some great learning a language sayings and inspirational quotes.  ❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞ ‒Charlemagne ❝If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.❞ ‒Nelson Mandela ❝One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.❞ ‒Frank Smith ❝The limits of my language are the […]

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10 things we love about Italy

Cappuccino - 5 things you should never do in Italy

Great video about the 10 things we love about Italy.    

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Learn Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French at the same time. Lesson #1

I want to become fluent in 4 languages. I invite you to join me. Let’s learn Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French. Working at Strommen I come into a lot of contact with different languages and cultures. Over the last 7 years of teaching Italian, studying Spanish and practicing my broken French, I began noticing that Portuguese was also starting to make sense. I noticed a sort of snow-ball effect with all 4 languages. The reason for this can surely be […]

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Happy International Women’s Day – Giornata Della Donna – 8th of March

It’s March 8th. Happy International Women’s Day (IWD) also called International Working Women’s Day! In Italy it is called la Giornata della donna and celebrated by giving the women in your life a mimosa flower to wear. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, […]

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Italian Tongue Twister Written by an Italian student

Ciao studenti! Looking for a way to warm up those Italian muscles? Our Italian student David just wrote this impressive Italian tongue twister. David didn’t speak any Italian last year (amazing!). Try this a few times: Prima della pulizie di Pasqua ho piazzato pezzi di pizza puzzolenti nel pozzo in piazza per il pranzo per la pazza di Pisa, e poi sono passato al palazzo del Papa per portare mio padre piselli con un pizzico di pepe,  e poi ho provato […]

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The History of Valentine’s Day in Italian (La storia di san valentino)

La storia di san Valentino La leggenda Il tentativo della Chiesa cattolica di porre termine ad un popolare rito pagano per la  fertilità, è all’origine di questa festa degli innamorati. Fin dal quarto secolo A. C. i romani pagani rendevano omaggio, con un singolare rito annuale, al dio Lupercus. I nomi delle donne e degli uomini che adoravano questo Dio venivano messi in un’urna  e opportunamente mescolati. Quindi un bambino sceglieva a caso alcune coppie che per un intero anno […]

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