Che aria tira?

Che aria tira in questo periodo? (EN) How is the mood ? If the mood is not very good we say C’è un’aria pesante ( lit. there is a heavy air, meaning  an oppressive atmosphere) Well then, Allora it is time to go…or Cambiare aria ( lit. change the air)! (FR) Comment est l’humeur/Comment ça se…

Bella Figura

Associato genericamente con la bellezza e  fare buona impressione, il concetto della Bella Figura vive nella cultura italiana. Tuttavia,  “Fare Bella Figura” in Italiano può significare molte cose , e soprattutto non è solo un concetto legato all’estetica.  L’idea va ben oltre l’immagine e si applica soprattutto ai comportamenti. Bella o Brutta Figura? Fare  Bella…

AMARE vs VOLER BENE – Talking about LOVE (EN-IT)

Amare vs Voler Bene – Talking about LOVE  (EN) It is true that the Italian language is considered one of the most romantic languages in the world. This is why it is even more crucial to understand the meaning of what you are saying, or what someone is saying to you, in a romantic situation….

Si fa o non si fa?

Si fa o non si fa? – As part of cultural awareness it is very important (sometimes vital) to know what to do and what better not to,  when travelling to a foreign country. There are parts of the world where it is better to not blow your nose in public, keep shoes on or…

Cammino – Word of the Week

Il cammino (En. the path) comes from the verb Camminare (to walk) and it’s the thing I miss the most since the long Italian lockdown started, more than 40 days ago. Il cammino, sinonimi sono camminata, itinerario, marcia, percorso, but also sentiero, strada, tragitto, via, viaggio. Aggettivi giusti Il cammino can be breve/ corto, lungo,…

Quarantena – Word of the Week

Quarantena (quarantine) : Do you know that this word has an Italian origin? From quaranta, 40, the number of isolation  days applied to people or animals with infectious diseases to prevent spreading. The term quarantine actually derives from Venice. It refers to the 40 days that the Venetian Republic imposed on ships arriving in the…

CASA – Word of the Week

CASA – Word of the Week: Hello everyone! Ciao a tutti! Dove siete? Quasi certamente …a casa!!! (Where are you? Almost certainly you are at home!!!) Shall we choose CASA as our Word of the Week?  La casa (fem) in Italian is the word used for both, house and home. “Casa dolce casa”(Home sweet home)…

PANCIA – Word of the Week

Pancia – Word of the Week:  Pancia, is a colloquial noun used in Italian for  “tummy, belly, stomach”(in English). Ventre or Addome are the more elegant versions of the same. Pancia is largely used in numerous “modi di dire”. Modi di Dire con pancia Seguire la pancia , means follow the instinct, gut instinct ……