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Vocal open or closed

Posted in Italian languages and grammar on Sep 13, 2018

Some words accented on the same syllable change meaning depending on whether the pronunciation of the E or O is either open or closed.

“Giallo”, what does it means?

Posted in Italian languages and grammar on Sep 04, 2018

“Leggo un giallo”, “guardo un giallo”; literally I read a yellow!, I watch a yellow!

If you are in Italy and you listen to this, don’t worry, they are not going mad!

What is “Ferragosto”?

Posted in Touring, events, places and traditions on Aug 15, 2018

BUON FERRAGOSTO!!!! Have a good Ferragosto everybody!!! But what is Ferragosto? The 15th of August in Italy is a very important bank holiday that happens in the middle of the summer holiday.

Italian style breakfast

Posted in Touring, events, places and traditions on Jun 22, 2018

Usually Italians don’t eat much in the morning. Many do not eat anything at home and stop at a cafe on the way to work. Traditionally Italians stand at the counter and they have a coffee or a cappuccino and a pastry!!!.

Grave accent and acute accent

Posted in Italian languages and grammar on Feb 08, 2018

In the Italian language there are two accents, the grave and the acute which respectively indicate a closed or open sound of the vowel.

Gabriele

I am a 42 years old certified Italian teacher with a degree in politics and a PhD in modern history.