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Do adults learn language differently from children?

Almost all human beings acquire a language (and sometimes more than one), to the level of native competency, before age 5. Most researchers agree that children acquire language through interplay of...

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Go to a Festival and practice Italian

This weekend many Italian communities around the world will be celebrating San Gennaro (Saint Januarius), and this will give anyone an opportunity to enjoy a festive event, eat Italian food and try to...

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There is no Halloween in Italy, or is there?…

October is a great month for Italian festivals, especially food festivals and wine harvest celebrations. But what about Halloween? Well, Halloween is not a big celebration in Italy and does not belong...

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Nativity Scenes, an Italian Tradition

Italian families all over Italy are getting ready to celebrate Christmas in their homes. In the cities decorations and Christmas trees adorn streets and squares, while many churches display nativity...

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How children play in Italy

Young Italian children play a game that is very similar to the one known as “Ring-a-Ring-o’-Roses”. It is called Girotondo. How to play: The children make a ring by holding hands and walking in a...

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Let’s have some fun with Italian idioms!

In Italian, idioms (figures of speech) are called “espressioni idiomatiche”. They can be tricky and hard to understand, because when you translate an idiom, you don’t get its real meaning, but only the...

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Common Questions About Language Learning

Q: How do I make my language learning easy and effective? A: Choose a language learning method that is right for you and establish a daily or weekly routine. It is that simple! If you can commit a...

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Italian Traditions: December

Get to know what kind of traditions Italians celebrate in the month of December and learn a few new words in Italian. On December 1st, Italian children start a brand new Advent Calendar (Calendario...

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We don’t have those letters!

When you start learning the Italian alphabet you realize that some letters are missing. You may wonder why… The letters j k w y x  don’t belong to the traditional Italian alphabet, although, in...

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Italian Easter eggs, proverbs and other fun facts

Italians like to give chocolate eggs as Easter gifts. The eggs are hollow and contain a small surprise inside. The surprise can be a little toy for a child or a piece of jewelry for a loved one. Pastry...

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The many ways you can say “bambino” in Italian

The translation of the word “child” In Italian is “bambino”. Often, people will use a different word: “pupo”. It is a more affectionate way of calling a child, perhaps a younger one, like a toddler....

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Why Italy Is Such a Fine Country for Living Life to the Full

Have you ever felt that you would like to find a place where you can live life to the full? The good news is that such a place exists. It is called Italy. If you take the time to learn the language and...

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Why Is Tuesday Fat?

Did you know that in Italy some days can be fat? In fact Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday have this privilege! But this happens only during Carnival, that time of the year when anything goes. Carnival...

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The Immense Contribution of Italian Immigrants to America

Guest post by Daniele Bondi It’s a fact that Italians played a key role in the discovery, exploration, settlement and destiny of the Americas. Cristoforo Colombo (I don’t know why his name was...

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The Benefits of Bilingualism and Tips for Maintaining the Use of the Second...

      Benefit of bilingualism Raising children bilingual and bicultural is one of the main benefits that parents and educators can provide them. Although the common understanding of exposing children...

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Make your teaching (or learning) more effective by understanding your...

It is important to know how each student learns in order to make the teaching effective. It is also important to know how you learn, so you can make progress with your language learning in a more...

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Practice and Learn a Second Language with Videos

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Stop studying without stopping learning Most of us do not enjoy reading grammar books, memorize new vocabulary using flashcards, and sit down and...

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Raising Bilingual Children: a Challenging Journey

Guest post by Laura Caputo-Wickham It’s a warm sunny day in the south of England, and I am enjoying a cup of coffee with some other mums that I met at my antenatal course. We make a point to meet up...

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Top 10 reasons for using an online translator like Google Translate

Online translators are becoming more and more common and they are making our life and our travels easier. We ca argue that they are not always very accurate, but we can’t deny that they represent a...

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