Tag Archives: Italian

Essential Idioms in Italian to Use at Work

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English speakers who travel to Italy for a work conference often feel self-conscious about their pronunciation or their command of Italian grammar. But it turns out that a marked accent and a few grammar mistakes are not the real problems. If you’ve been to Italy for business a few times and you always feel like(…)


5 Things Expats in Italy Should Know (But Usually Don’t)

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Living in Italy offers expats a life of cultural richness in a country that has a fascinating sense of history. Once home to groundbreaking painters and ancient civilizations, present-day Italy boasts world-class gastronomy, lush vineyards, and of course, an ever-present air of romance. Complemented by a thriving economy and a rich and lively culture, it(…)


Cultural Commentary: ‘Calcio’ and the Language of Italian Football

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For those of us who love football, there is no irony in the phrase the beautiful game. It is an art form, a grass-pitched battle. For those who possibly love it a little too much, it is a flawless, romantic dance. The rest of us will look on such descriptions with anything from disdain to(…)


Switzerland: Where Multilingualism Works

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Switzerland might be synonymous with cheese, chocolate, and skiing, but there is another area that the country specialises in that should be celebrated, and that’s multilingualism. And while multilingualism is not something unusual to find in a country, perhaps this level of successful integration is. Let’s take a look! Facts and figures Okay, so here’s(…)


There’s More that Meets the Eye: Languages of the United States

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So America is the land of the monolingual, the place where only English is spoken and no other language exists—aside from for the more than forty million people who speak Spanish as a first language, and the estimated eleven million speaking it as a second, of course, but who’s counting those? And other than English(…)


How to Step Up Your Language Game with Upcoming Brexit

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English might be perceived as the lingua franca of this world, and we’ve touched on many reasons why that’s not the case, but what happens when the United Kingdom leaves the EU, leaving behind it 27 other nations who, by majority, do not have English as an official language? Will English still be listed as(…)


Venice Going Independent and Language Referendums

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In a world where it seems increasingly important for us all to get closer there are various countries around the world with states intent on driving those countries apart. We are talking of course of independence referendums, and one that has currently got our attention is that of Venice. Venice, should it succeed in gaining(…)


Capitalising on Language Skills

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We have long known that listing more than one language on your CV is a career asset. Aside from the obvious benefits of being bilingual, or even multilingual, there are numerous transferable skills associated with dedicating yourself to learning and maintaining a second language such as: commitment, organisation and time management to list but a few.(…)


5 Italian Words We Wish Were Translatable (But Aren’t)

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Italian culture is probably one of the most admired in the world. After all, who doesn’t love a country with incredible food, gorgeous sights, and a lovely language? A lot of people learn Italian for the sheer beauty of it. This language sounds like music to the ears and the attraction factor of anyone speaking(…)


5 Common Mistakes that Students of Italian Make

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Learning a foreign language isn’t easy. And Italian, with its seemingly infinite verb endings and complicated pronouns, presents a challenge even to the most studious learner. While making mistakes is an inevitable part of the language learning process, there are some common errors that are easy to avoid. Differentiate yourself from the average Italian student:(…)