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 ……

Italian Food Idioms – How do you translate it?

Italian Food  Idioms: How do you translate it? Come si traduce ?  – We all love good Italian food, and it can be interesting to find some Italian idioms that use food and drink to express a variety of meanings. It all reinforce the concept that food is central to Italian culture! Let’s have  a…

VINO- Word of the Week

VINO – Word of the Week : The last Word of the Week we chose for the  year 2019 was Capodanno,  with the numerous toasts (brindisi) made with Champagne and Prosecco. We have decided te stay on the topic and our first Word of the Week for 2020 is VINO. How do you say VINO…

CAPODANNO – Word of the Week

CAPODANNO – Word of the Week: “Natale con I tuoi e Pasqua con chi vuoi” is an Italian way of saying : Spend Christmas with family and Easter with whoever you want. Italian families tend to be a little bit overwhelming during the Christmas Holidays so…in case you are feeling happy that the endless series…

FALSI AMICI – Word of the Week

They are commonly called “False Friends – Falsi Amici” and we are not talking about the double-faced people we all have met in life, at one point or another. Here we are talking about the numerous confusing Italian words that, in English sound similar but have a completely different meaning. We recently had a lesson…

CASTAGNA – Word of the Week

CASTAGNA – Word of the Week Castagna, Word of the Week; Lesson in pills: Can you think of a better symbol for the Autumn season?  La Castagna (Chestnut) is the main protagonist of the numerous Fairs, Festivals that cheer up our Tuscan villages in October. With some of our students we went to  Festa d’Autunno…

Italian Lesson in Pills: Descrivi la tua città

Italian Lesson in Pills: Descrivi la tua città – How do you describe your city? First of all it may be UNA CITTA’ PICCOLA O GRANDE , oppure UN VILLAGGIO (village) o UN BORGO (hamlet). It may be –può essere ACCOGLIENTE (welcoming) or the opposite,  CHIUSA. RICCA DI ARTE E CULTURA and PIENA DI COSE…

PORTA – Word of the Week

PORTA is DOOR in English and I have a “mania”: I love taking photos of doors wherever I go. Behind every house door I always try to imagine what type of life there might be. For a long time I suffered a lack of roots , as my nature would be inclined to be deeply…

Chiara’s Guide to how to sound like a native Italian

Just using the right MODO di DIRE at the  right time can make you sound like a native speaker! Follow Chiara’s guide. Usare il giusto modo di dire o  espressione al momento giusto può farvi sembrare un madrelingua! So it is really cool – or as Italians say…è una figata!- to know how and when…