Welcome to Kappa Language School!

Alright, we did it!

We finally decided to enrich our website with a full-functioning blog! This is the first post so don’t expect anything special, just our students giving you the warmest welcome you can get!

I dialetti e le canzoni

Da quando la lingua italiana si è diffusa su tutto il territorio, nessuno usa più il dialetto con estranei e ancor meno con persone di altre regioni o Paesi, non preoccupatevi!

Ciò nonostante, i dialetti, grazie all’espressività comunicativa che li caratterizza, rappresentano una risorsa di immenso valore per i parlanti in un ambito informale. Tra amici, in famiglia o con i vicini di casa l’uso di un’espressione dialettale ci permette di dare una sfumatura in più a quello che viene detto.

I dialetti italiani sono molto diversi tra loro e queste differenze, percepibili anche a distanza di pochi chilometri, diventano abissali tra regioni lontane. Per esempio se un siciliano e un veneto decidessero di parlare ognuno il proprio dialetto sarebbe necessario un interprete per garantire la comunicazione.

Tuttavia, tutti i parlanti conoscono,  e sono in grado di usare, alcune espressioni appartenenti ai diversi dialetti e considerate divertenti ed espressive. Questo…

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Everybody likes “mi piace”!

How does the Italian verb “piacere” and it’s quite abused “mi piace” form work? Let’s find it out and catch the occasion to learn some Italian grammar together!

Sorgente: Read the full article, Everybody likes “mi piace”!, on Kappa Language School’s website.

10 very useful Italian idioms… explained through emoticons!

Using Italian idioms can be a hard challenge for those who want to learn Italian, even when going through an Italian language course but we are here to help! 🙂

Discover 10 very useful Italian idioms… explained through emoticons.


Read the full article on www.kappalanguageschool.com.

An Italian movie to get you started

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Are you an Erasmus student here in Italy? Or maybe you are here because you are fascinated by the Italian culture.

‘But where to begin?’ 🤔 I hear you ask. If you are interested in movies then I have something to suggest. Now, I’m going to take my chances and not mention the so-called classics (La Dolce Vita, An American in Rome etc) since those are fairly old movies.

In fact, I believe it’s best to start with movies that one can actually appreciate. 😃

So, not going too far back in time we have Carlo Verdone, a celebrated Italian actor and director, who brought laughter to many people on screen. If you’ve seen an American in Rome or know Alberto Sordi, whether Verdone is Sordi’s ‘successor’ is a topic that is still not agreed upon to this day.

The first movie I saw with Carlo Verdone is Borotalco (1982) which translates to ‘Talcum Powder’ in English. I have to say I do recall moments of laughter. Without giving too much away, it’s a story about a ‘shy’ man, Sergio Benvenuti, who seizes an opportunity to be somebody else who is literally caught up playing the role, though not an original storyline what I do find interesting in the movie is the location. There are scenes where you find yourself looking twice because it looks exactly like the Rome you see.

Another unique comedic effect is the character of Sergio’s fiancés father, Augusto. His role might be small but is far from being the least memorable. Augusto depicts a ‘typical Romano’ from the way he narrates with such exaggeration, it’s hard not to laugh.

To get an idea of Verdone’s ability to portray different roles I recommend seeing Viaggi di nozze (1995), in English: ‘Honeymoon’.

Let us know what you think of the movie! If you liked it, we can suggest the next movie to see 😃

Kappa’s Italian language courses are focused on communication and on the practice of language skills. Classes are held for small groups or individuals, with truly flexible schedules and exclusive learning programmes. Find out more here.

Originally published on www.kappalanguageschool.com.