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Summer-1 Letteratura Class

For students fluent in Italian who are looking to looking to broaden their knowledge of contemporary Italian literature, ItaLingua is offering a Letteratura class on Monday evenings during the upcoming term. For the Summer-1 term, the Letteratura class in the San Francisco location will be studying Cristo si e’ fermato a Eboli.

For more information on classes and enrolling, please visit our school …

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Added by Francesca Gaspari on April 16, 2014 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Summer-1 2014 Class Schedule

Ciao a tutti!

The schedule for the Summer-1 term will soon be posted on ItaLingua's website. You will be able find the schedule and enroll in the classes through the website. The term lasts from May 27 to July 19, 2014.

Enrolling for a class at ItaLingua is easy. Clicking the "Enroll Now" button next to your class selection takes you directly to the correct form for each…

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Added by Francesca Gaspari on April 16, 2014 at 9:55pm — No Comments

Italy for Families

Italy is really the perfect place for a family vacation. It has got the perfect blend of history, culture, cuisine, natural beauty, and pure entertainment that your kids will never forget. There's something for everyone. Here are a few places you and your family might be interested in for your next vacation.

Florence 

(I must say that I am pretty biased on this one, but I can back up my statement.)…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on April 14, 2014 at 10:03am — No Comments

How to Drive in (Northern) Italy

A lot of people are scared to drive in Italy, and I totally understand their rationale. After having lived there, I know all too well the craziness that occurs on the roads of Italy. It can be a driver's nightmare: jaywalkers galore, the absence of defined lanes, tiny cars zipping by…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on April 7, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

The Italian Language Forum at ItaLingua

Cari studenti e amici,

just a few words about this Italian Language Forum. 

I really would like to open this initiative to all the people that are studying Italian, also from other schools.

Please bring all the questions you have. Sometime it's not so easy to ask questions in class or there is not much time to review things. Learning a language it's about going forward but also coming back to review, to reinforce what we have already studied. This coming back is…

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Added by Francesca Gaspari on March 31, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The City that Enzo Built

You can hear Maranello before you even reach the city limits. The roar of the engines fill the air with excitement and intimidation. The city that Enzo Ferrari made famous is somewhat like a fantasy land. You see multiple Ferrari models parked on a small side street. You find at least one California or Spider at each…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on March 29, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Maiuscola e minuscola

 Cari amici e studenti,

in italiano non usiamo la maiuscola quando scriviamo:

1. con le nazionalita': americano, italiano, francese, cinese, messicano, inglese...ecc....

2. con i giorni della settimana: lunedi', martedi', mercoledi', giovedi', venerdi', sabato e domenica.

3. con le stagioni: primavera, estate, autunno e inverno.

4. con i mesi dell'anno: gennaio, febbraio, marzo, aprile, maggio, giugno, luglio,…

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Added by Francesca Gaspari on March 18, 2014 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Bistecca, It's What's for Dinner

If you're looking for a fun atmosphere that's borderline cheesy, but nonetheless friendly and genuine, consider Yellow Bar Ristorante in Florence.

Before you're ushered into your seat, they'll show you the cozy little nook with a pasta chef cranking strands of pasta "fresh for you." And yes, the pasta…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on March 15, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Spring 2014 Schedule

Ciao a tutti!

The schedule for the Spring term is now posted on ItaLingua's website. You will be able find the schedule and enroll in the classes through the website. The term lasts from March 17 to May 10, 2014.

Enrolling for a class at ItaLingua is easy. Clicking the "Enroll Now" button next to your class selection takes you directly to the correct form for each class. 

Speriamo di…

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Added by Francesca Gaspari on March 14, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Watch This: La Grande Bellezza

This year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language film went to a visual masterpiece by Paolo Sorrentino. In one word, “La Grande Bellezza” is stunning. Each frame is thought provoking and breathtaking. While I was mesmerized by the sheer beauty of the cinematography, I left the cinema feeling slightly…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on March 11, 2014 at 5:39pm — 4 Comments

Watch This: Baaria

Baarìa is a feast for the eyes. Directed by the visionary moviemaker, Giuseppe Tornatore, the audience witnesses the lives of several generations in a small Sicilian town. Channeling a bit of his masterpiece "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso," Tornatore explores the transformation…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on March 6, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Festa della Donna

On March 8th people all over the world will be celebrating International Women's Day, or as the Italians call it, Festa della Donna.

Women are given flowers (typically a yellow mimosa) and small gifts as a token of respect and…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on March 6, 2014 at 8:58pm — No Comments

Featured Recipe: Torri di Melanzane

A fun and fast meal the whole family will enjoy!

Torri di Melanzane…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on February 22, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Watch This: Giorni e Nuvole

This movie will really hit home for a lot of people. Produced and released right at the start of the recession in 2007, Giorni e Nuvole is the story of blissful domestic life turned upside down by financial woes and unemployment. We witness the constant struggle to stay positive and to love despite…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on February 16, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

New Letteratura Class

For students fluent in Italian who are looking to looking to broaden their knowledge of contemporary Italian literature, ItaLingua is offering a Letteratura class on Monday evenings during the upcoming term. The book we will be studying and discussing is Morte a Firenze by Marco Vichi.

For more information on classes and enrolling, please visit our school website or…

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Added by Francesca Gaspari on February 11, 2014 at 5:22pm — No Comments

Best Panini in Rome

Amidst the hustle and bustle of chaotic Rome sits a hip and happening local hangout. It's a place where excited chatter fills the air. Strangers stand elbow to elbow clutching their highly prized panini.

200 Gradi sits right on Piazza del…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on February 9, 2014 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

L'Italia Che Conosco

The Italy that I know is a complicated place. It is every bit a gritty urban tangle as it is an expansive vineyard landscape. It is a country of beautiful contradictions.

It seems to me that the more you learn the Italian language, the more you can begin to peel away at the layers of what Italy really…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on January 31, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Watch This: Bianca Come il Latte, Rossa Come il Sangue

High school love is something we never get over. We are consumed by a passion for somebody who doesn't even know we exist. We think about them night and day, judging the goodness of a day by the length of time we are able to interact with them.

Such is the case for Leo…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on January 26, 2014 at 9:29am — No Comments

Piccole cose da imparare...

 

Week end  (fine settimana)

Con questa espressione si usa l'articolo al singolare: un weekend/il weekend.

Al plurale diciamo i week end.

 

Fa

Un'anno fa. (a year ago) In this case no accent on the word fa.

Fa caldo/freddo. In this case no accent. (It's…

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Added by Francesca Gaspari on January 19, 2014 at 8:50pm — No Comments

Esprimere il tempo...

 

Espressioni di tempo

 

Ieri ho fatto tardi (fare tardi) perche' c'era molto traffico. (I was late)

Maria arriva sempre in ritardo/tardi.  (late)

Sei  spesso in ritardo. (late)

Arrivero' alle sette in punto!  (on time)

E' ancora presto. (it's early)

Le classi cominciano…

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Added by Francesca Gaspari on January 19, 2014 at 8:19pm — No Comments

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