RADICI – Word of the Week

RADICI – Word of the Week: RADICI (IT) –  Roots (EN).  La Radice (Fem. sing) – Le  Radici (Fem. pl) Le radici degli alberi , delle piante ma anche in senso figurato, usate per  indicare le origini di qualcosa o qualcuno./ The roots of trees, of plants but LE RADICI also used  as a figure…

MANICHE – Word of the Week

MANICHE – Word of the Week : Maniche  = sleeves (la manica, sing;  le maniche, pl) Maniche corte o mezze maniche, e maniche lunghe per magliette (t-shirts), camicette (shirts and blouses)  e abiti (dresses). Curiosità L’espressione “un altro paio di maniche” è usata per indicare qualcosa che non è paragonabile ad un’altra , che è…

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 ……

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…