Scena di vita quotidiana – dalla parrucchiera

In effetti con questo caldo è ora di dare una sforbiciata: facciamolo in #italiano! #learnitalian

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dalla parrucchiera

Ciao, ragazzi!

Nel nostro post precedente abbiamo visto che cosa dobbiamo fare se ci troviamo all’aeroporto, come facciamo il check-in, come ritiriamo i biglietti per imbarcare, ecc. Oggi faremo un giro dalla parrucchiera e impareremo a chiedere, per esempio, quanto costa fare il taglio, il colore, la piega, nonché alcuni termini utili che possiamo usare in queste situazioni. Siete pronti?

Sentite l’audio alla fine del testo!

Anna e Francesca hanno deciso di farsi tagliare i capelli e di cambiare il colore, pertanto cercano su Internet il parrucchiere più vicino a casa loro.

Anna – Ecco! Ne ho trovato uno a una decina di minuti da qui in macchina.
Francesca – Come si chiama?
Anna – New Stile, e sembra che i prezzi siano convenienti. Adesso chiamo e chiedo se è possibile prenotare un orario di pomeriggio.
Francesca – Va bene, chiama.

parrucchieraChiamata in corso…

Parrucchiera – New Stile, buon giorno!

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Infographic: Italian Gestures For Dummies

Summer has come, and it’s really getting too hot even to speak. In Rome concrete is boiling, you can find tourists lying on the side of the road begging for fresh water and the whole Colosseum is kinda turning orange. Having a conversation in such heat is the equivalent of  breathing deeply inside of a turkish bath: definitely not for everyone.

But Italians are always full of resources! As you might know, at least 30% of italian language is made of non-verbal communication… such as gestures. And, believe us, being able to ask for an ice tea or even to fight without raising your voice in a hot sunny day it’s just bliss.

Therefore here we are with another infographic about italian gestures: enjoy!

Infographic Italian gestures learn Italian Language with your hands!

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Infographic: physical descriptions in Italian

Describing is one of the most common and important communicative acts of all, and physical descriptions are always one of the thoughest obstacles an Italian Language Student has to overcome when approaching this wonderful language. The sheer nature of italian inflection, in both verbs and nouns, together with the range of vocabulary a student has to learn, often turn the task of simply describing a person into an embarassing experience.

But since we really love you and we want you to communicate effectively in Italian even at the first stages of your learning experience, here’s to you a brand new infographic about physical descriptions in Italian.


Le descrizioni in italiano

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Musings in a roman church

I step through the worn wooden doorway and am greeted by a rush of air that caresses my cheek. The candles that hang in lanterns cast a soft illumination, and I breathe the warm scent of old incense. I can hear the laughter of my friends drift down to hushed whispers as I lead the way in, bowing my head to the statue of Jesus that watches over those who have entered. As I raise my eyes, the calm atmosphere brings my aching heart a bit of comfort. In these last intense weeks of college finals, saying goodbye to the study-abroads, and packing up for the summer, this tranquil place gives me a sense of peace.

This church is too small to have very many pews, so they are set together in a long line down the center. People of all different kinds sit on the sturdy chestnut planks; and though their numbers are few, their love overflows the church so that even I, someone who doesn’t know this god’s kindness, can feel it.

As I move past, I try not to look at the people, trying to respect their privacy. I slide in to an empty pew, and my friend Feride joins me. This will be her last night here and I will miss her terribly over the summer. We have known each other for only a semester but she has become so dear to me. I put my arm through hers and we sit together, quietly enjoying each other’s company. Franny joins me on my other side and the boys take a seat in the row in front of us.

I glance around. The only thing that makes me absolutely sure that I haven’t been transported back to an ancient time are the audio speakers, which play lovely hymns, and the priest who sits off to the side on his computer controlling the music.

Paintings decorate the walls, and their colors and beauty amaze me. It always leaves me with a sense of happiness to be in a church like this one. So often I hear awful news of people murdering and raping, and it breaks my heart. Coming back to a church helps, not because I feel this god’s love, but because I see what the love his people have for him inspire. I look around and think, humanity may have many sins, but we redeem ourselves in our ability to love, and you have to look no further then a church, mosque, or temple to see this. These places are where you can see what love can create. The heavy scent of incense is making me sleepy, and I lean my head on Feride’s shoulder.

The boys silently rise in front of us and I can feel Franny stand up as well. Feride whispers, “Are you ready?” I sigh. Of course I’m not ready I think. But I raise my head and nod. Feride and I move out of the pew and back towards the door. Chris bows his head and makes the sign of the cross, and through the doorway I can see the hustle and bustle of everyday life waiting outside for me in the evening darkness.

Chris and Feride walk out, and I take one last look at the altar. I bow my head and then follow my friends into the night.

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Infographic: l’automobile in italiano!

A very skilled language teacher once told me that words – not grammar – are the first thing you need to learn when approaching a foreign language. Although this seems a notion of common sense (when you go abroad you take with you a vocabulary, not a grammar book), usually language students tend to pay much more attention to morphology and syntax than to memorize the words that will eventually make up their sentences.

Down part is: memorizing things can be boring. But hey, how about an infographic! Here’s a new one, about all the italian words you can find… in a car.


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Italian food haikus

This one is definitely a new one. When the idea was first suggested to me, I laughed my butt off until I realized that my editor was serious. He wanted me to write what? You read the title right folks; these are haikus about Italian food. I apologize to any of my readers who are poetry lovers, because I cannot claim to be even remotely good at poetry. My strength lies in storytelling, not poetry. But with that said, read on at your own risk. Please blame my editor for whatever damage these poems may do to your mind.

Olive taggiasche

olive_taggiascheOlives are a great snack food that I love getting from the fresh market. In Italy they come in these huge barrels and you just fish them out. They are extremely healthy for you. The oil they produce is a staple of Italian cooking, and is present in every Italian kitchen in large quantities. So here is a little poem for our ever-present friend, the olive!

“A great midday snack
Nature’s chewy vitamin
But beware the pit!”

Penne all’arrabbiata

arrabbiataNext up is my personal favorite, penne all’arrabbiata. This dish is akin to the ramen noodles of the Italian culture. Every college student knows how to make it and its relatively simple to make. I personally love this dish, and for those of you who don’t know what it is, its simply tomato sauce but with hot pepper flakes.

“Oh my god, my mouth!
I think I just ate the sun!
Waiter? Please bring more!”

Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita

The next is Pizza Margherita. Now this is what I assume the Italian version of chicken nuggets are in America. If you have absolutely no idea what to get, or you are an extremely picky eater, this pizza is always a safe choice. Its pretty hard to screw up and its almost always amazing. This was the only thing I ate when I first came to Italy.

“It makes mouths water,
Eatable display of the flag,
a chefs masterpiece!”


tiramisu-bimbyThe last poem is about one of the most classic Italian desserts there is: Tiramisù. I love this dish, and though I have yet to perfect it in my own kitchen, I am not about to give up. In this great dish, the Italians have combined coffee, pastry, chocolate, and cream into one great mix of perfection. I applaud whoever came up with this dish.

“A sweet aroma,
And a delicate coffee taste.
Creamy perfection!”

Ok, now you don’t really have to comment the poems themselves, do you? Just post your thoughts on these fantastic dishes in the comment section! 😉

Infographic: Italian Pronouns

Italian Language Students have a nightmare, and this nightmare has a name: pronomi. We have already seen how misusing them can generate, in the worst case scenario, embarassing puns, but italian pronouns are also one of the main constituent of an italian sentence, being used quite often by natives even in marked constructions (such as l’hai preso il pane? in which the pronoun lo stands for pane). Now, you can learn all this and more by joining of our Italian Language Courses, but why not getting an early start?

So here’s an infographic about italian pronomi and their use and position. Enjoy, leave a comment and please share!


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