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

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

Learn the difference between Latin and Italian with examples

Difference between Latin and Italian

People say that the Italian language is similar to other languages but have you ever wondered the difference between Latin and Italian? Why do they seem so similar yet so different? Well, today we are going to look into that and hopefully, you’ll get to learn something even as you continue to learn Italian Continue reading

The 50 most beautiful Italian words you need to learn

Beautiful Italian wordsMost people learn the Italian language due to the beautiful Italian words found in their vocabulary.  No matter your reasons for studying Italian, one thing that we all agree on is the beautiful Italian words spoken by the people.  Continue reading

Which language to learn: Italian vs Spanish

Italian vs. Spanish

Hola! Ciao! Which language do you think is more interesting, Italian vs Spanish? Honestly, I believe they both have their pros and cons. Is Italian similar to Spanish? Is Italian and Spanish similar? Both languages do have some similarities and differences and that’s what we are going to look at today. Continue reading