The Italian Word Così – So Revealing

Flag Waving Italian Football Fans in Milan

The innocuous Italian word ‘così’ can help you understand where in Italy Italians are from. ‘Così’ means ‘so’ in English, and the way this Italian word is said can provide clues to the origins of Italians. The secret lies in the pronunciation of this exceedingly common Italian word. Here’s why: When ‘così’ is pronounced ‘co-zee’, that’s ‘co’ as in cooperate or coordinate, […]

Try a Franglish Language Exchange

If you are looking for an opportunity to practice your Italian and you live or work in Milan, Italy, or if you are Italian and you want to improve your English, then a Franglish language exchange may be just what you are looking for. I was invited to try a Franglish language exchange and it was […]

How I dislike the Italian Verb Piacere!

Piacere Mio

I’ve lost count of the number of times my dear English language students have commented on how odd the English language seems when it’s compared to Italian. I guess this is a normal reaction. When confronted with a new language, some learners tend to think that the order of the words is more or less […]

The Italian Newsstand

This week’s images of Italy photo shows a newsstand in Umbria, Italy, which has a charming little extra ‘guarding’ all those valuable publications. It’s a lovely capture.

Meet Italy’s Hot New Ministers

Seeing as Berlusconi seems to want to put the glamour back into dull old Italian politics, I thought you might like to see the candidates he may be fielding for his next government.

Fascinating Florence

Florence is yet another of the long list of interesting cities with which Italy is filled.

Nevada Gambles on Green Power

I have mentioned before that Italy possesses cutting edge technology in the field of geo-thermal power generation. Here is an example of how Italy’s renewables know-how is going global.

An Email from an Italian Minister, Almost!

Well, it’s not exactly Italy’s from reform minded minister for Public Administration and Innovation, but email address does say Renato Brunetta’s Staff. Was not expecting this!