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.


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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 😃

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Alcuni consigli per imparare la lingua italiana e altre lingue!

Qualche ottimo consiglio per chi vuole imparare l’italiano (o qualsiasi altra lingua) dai nostri amici di “Affresco Italiano”!

Affresco della Lingua Italiana

Ciao a tutti!

Il nostro post di oggi ha una tipologia molto diversa, poiché non parlerò di grammatica, letteratura, arte, etimologia, ecc. Oggi vi darò alcuni consigli utili per aiutarvi a studiare qualsiasi lingua straniera, in base, naturalmente, alla mia esperienza prima con l’inglese, poi con l’italiano e adesso con il tedesco.

Non è facile imparare una lingua straniera, vero? Soprattutto quando si è ormai adulti e si ha poco tempo da dedicare agli studi. Se si studia una lingua straniera all’università, si è di fronte a un programma molto preciso, a un vero è proprio percorso linguistico (grammatica, cultura, letteratura, civiltà, ecc.) che porterà gli studenti a un buon livello di conoscenza della lingua straniera. Sì, ho detto un “buon livello” e non un “ottimo livello”. Interiorizzare una nuova lingua, in tutti i suoi aspetti, non è una cosa che succede da un giorno all’altro, e tanto meno alla…

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#SingIt: 10 songs about Rome (and Romans) you’ve probably never heard of

If you’re searching for the right soundtrack for your holiday in Rome but you are tired  of the usual hits like Arrivederci Roma, we have a treat for you! A list of International and Italian songs about the Eternal City.

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