Telephone Tales by Gianni Rodari and other Italian tales

Telephone tales

Gianni Rodari (1920-1980), the author of Favole al telefono (1962) (English translation, Telephone Tales), is the most important Italian children’s author of the 20th century. He is largely known in Italy and Eastern Europe and was particularly relevant to the USSR when it existed. In fact, his “ties” to the former Soviet Union have somewhat prevented Rodari from becoming a household name in Western countries such as the United States, notwithstanding he is very well regarded by critics and scholars. 

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Expressing condolences in Italian with English translation

Condolences in Italian

Today we are going to explain how to express condolences in ItalianMost of our posts tend to be quite upbeat. However, when the occasion has to do with the departure of our dearest ones, every now and then we may need to express condolences in Italian. Death is also part of life and, as such, is important in the path to learn Italian. Continue reading

10 Italian superstitions you should know

Italian superstitions

In this article we will show you some Italian superstitions that, as you know, Italians take very seriously. Many of these superstitions have to do with aspects of life such as marriage, wealth, but also a very human fear or phobia to aging and death –to the extent that Italians do not appreciate jokes about the last two and show the horn sign to ward themselves off. Learning the culture –and superstition are essential to this culture– will help us learn Italian. Continue reading

Learn the modal verbs in Italian with exercises

modal verbs in Italian

In this lesson, you will learn all you need to know about modal verbs in Italian. Precisely, everybody talks about modal verbs, however, not everybody gets what they are. And that is a real shame since they form the base of many important structures. Modal verbs tend to be in company with the base form of the verb meaning the action, while the modal verb signifies its modality: whether we are referring to ability, likelihood, request, permission, suggestion, obligation, etc. Continue reading

60 Italian pet names you can use for your dog or cat

Italian pet names

Using Italian pet names will make you unique in the neighbourhood. I think you will need to learn some Italian as there’s so much beauty to their names. Wait a minute before buying a pet; you must have a name in mind whether getting a “Gatto” or a “Cane”; choosing the right name is crucial. Continue reading

Imperfect tense in Italian with examples and exercises

Imperfect tense in Italian

Today we will learn the imperfect tense in Italian, also called “imperfetto”. As you know, when we mention “past” tense from a morphological point of view, it is thought of as one type of word in English (for instance, bought, started, was, were). Since we now learn Italian, we make the distinction between passato prossimo and imperfetto, which we use to represent different things.  Continue reading

Possessive Adjectives and Pronouns in Italian. Learn with Exercises

Possessive adjectives and pronouns in Italian

Today we are going to show you how to use possessive adjectives and pronouns in Italian! The topic is not difficult to learn: you only need to pay attention to certain instances of use, in particular when you are speaking about family members (yours or anybody else’s). Continue reading

Learn Italian online with free audios

learn Italian online with free audios

There is a fun and effortless way to learn Italian online with free audios. Yes! Imagine learning an interesting language like Italian when you are also engaged with other stuff like traveling, doing dishes, cooking, or even taking your dog for a walk!  All these occupations do not need too much concentration. This means you could listen to a podcast as you do your usual work without adding extra hours to achieve your goals of learning Italian. Continue reading