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…

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…

Parole da salvare: Villeggiatura & Paltò

Parole da salvare : Dal 1 al 5 Aprile 2020, Siena ospiterà la quarta edizione di “Parole in cammino”  il Festival della Lingua italiana e delle Lingue d’Italia, manifestazione promossa dal Comune di Siena, in collaborazione con l’Università per Stranieri di Siena e l’Università di Siena, diretta da Massimo Arcangeli. https://www.ilfestivaldellalinguaitaliana.it/ In preparazione per l’evento…

PIAZZA – Word of the Week

PIAZZA is our Word of the Week.  La Piazza – Square in Italy is the soul of each city, town, village. No matter the size, La Piazza is the meeting point, the heart of social life, the place to see people and be seen… Centre of economic and political activities, la Piazza often takes its…

LUNA –Word of the Week

LUNA –Word of the Week: Stregati dalla Luna – Moonstruck (as in a famous movie I really loved). There has been a lot of “moon-talk” recently with celebrations coming up on July 20th for the Moon landing Anniversary: an unforgettable piece of history coupled with the unmatched magic of the Moon.   But the planet has…