48: How to talk about astrology in Italian

“What’s your sign?” (Di che segno sei?). Today, I want to explore  l’astrologia or astrology in Italian. Did you know astrology has been popular since ancient roman times? Today, even non believers will casually mention their sign as a way to explain...

47: Colorful Italian Expressions: The Color White

 Andare in bianco | To go white     This is a false friend, since in English someone who ‘goes white’ is scared of something. In Italian however, it means to fail at something romantic or sexual. Its thought to come from the tradition of...

45: Venetian Masks, do you know what they were hiding?

Venitian mask wearing  is a tradition which goes back as far as the 12th century, and historians speculate that it was a response to one of the most rigid class structures in all of Europe. Masks gave the wearer certain freedoms they wouldn’t have had normally....

44: Romantic (and sexy) things to say in Italian

Ciao! I am so excited because this week, in honor of Valentine’s day, we’re going to talk about sexy, romantic things to say, in Italian! In Italy, Valentine’s day is romantic as anywhere else with special menus, flowers everywhere and some cities even hosting special...

43: Common Pronunciation Mistakes in Italian Part II

Ciao! In a previous episode I covered common pronunciation mistakes in Italian and I wanted to keep it going and share a few more here. First up is “GLI” G-l-i- Ask a beginner (or even an intermediate) Italian language learner to pronounce terms such as figlio,...