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Watch This: Twice Born

Based on the novel by Margaret Mazzantini, Twice Born is an exploration of love, friendship, and the ties that bind people together during extraordinary circumstances. The film toggles between two time periods. We start in the present day. Penelope Cruz plays Gemma, a middle-aged Italian…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on July 18, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Watch This: The Best Offer

To me, The Best Offer is an homage to the classic suspense thriller. Master Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore is able to harness a story rife with intrigue and mystery to make a film that is visually beautiful and intellectually stimulating. Nothing is over-the-top; the story is genuine and absurd at…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on July 6, 2014 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Summer-2 2014 Class Schedule

Ciao a tutti!

The schedule for the Summer-2 term will soon be posted on ItaLingua's website. You will be able find the schedule and enroll in the classes through our website. The term lasts from August 4 to September 27, 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 June 23, 2014 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Watch This: Italy: Love It or Leave It

There is a new wave of Italian emigration, and it's happening right now. Young Italians are leaving in droves to other parts of Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States. Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi (of Suddenly, Last Winter fame)…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on June 22, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Italy Wins Over England in World Cup Opener

Group D of the 2014 World Cup bracket got another big shocker today as Team Italy pulled a 2-1 victory over England with striker Mario Balotelli scoring the final goal.

As reported in the New York Times by Ian Lovett:

"On a steamy night in the Amazon jungle, Italy got off to a winning start in Group D, defeating European rivals England,…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on June 14, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Kim & Kanye Wed in Florence

Say what you will, but the deal is done. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West have tied the knot at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence. As someone who loves the city dearly and…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on May 25, 2014 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Italian Superstitions

As Americans, we are heavily aware of superstitions. We avoid cracks in fear of breaking our grandmother's back. We never open an umbrella indoors or walk beneath a ladder, and we try pretty hard not to break mirrors.

In Italy people adhere to certain superstitions as well. Some are familiar to us Americans, while others are different and quite interesting. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Touching a hunchback's back will give you good luck.

2. If…

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Added by Mariel Martinez on May 4, 2014 at 7:00am — 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

Summer-1 Letteratura Class

For students fluent in Italian who are looking o 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 9:30pm — 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 — 1 Comment

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

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