Language

How to Apologize in Italian

We’ve all been there. Sometimes it’s a simple gaffe (anyone read my other post, Parole Pericolose? If not – check it out for some serious mixups), and sometimes it’s a bigger error that involves actually offending your new Italian friend.  If it hasn’t happened yet, over the course of your […]

Want to Learn Italian in Italy?

I get asked a lot how I learned Italian. The easiest answer is simply to say, a lot of study and practice. But, on the other side of that, I did a lot of things differently than I see most learners doing. In talking about this with my friend and […]

Merry Christmas: Italian Style

This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  Christmastime is my absolute favorite time to be in Italy. Being a country that is over 96% Catholic, it often seems like the entire country is celebrating. The festivities last for almost a month with the season […]

Phrases of congrats

  This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  Ever hear good news from an Italian friend and want to convey the right level of excitement in Italian, but not sure how to do it? I’ve been there too, so I’ve compiled a quick list […]

How to Shop at the Macelleria

  This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  If you’ve ever wanted to go into a macelleria, or butcher shop, in Italy, but were intimidated by the assortment of meats or held back by a lack of vocabulary, I’ve got you covered. Going to the […]

How to Shop at the Panetteria

  This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  Buying bread in Italy always feels like one of those glorious quintessential Italian moments from a movie or book. Sometimes I even buy a big loaf wrapped in brown paper, put it in my bicycle basket […]

Getting Your Hair Cut in Italy

This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  When I first moved to Italy, I was 19 and fearless. One of the things I did during my six months in Italy that had the other girls in my program shaking in their new leather boots , […]

8 Swear Words to Add Sass to Your Vocabulary

This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  Cursing in Italian can add an entirely different flavor to your Italian studies. Plus, not all Italian swear words are like ours in English because they have many mild words and expressions that are used frequently, in […]

Parole Pericolose – Dangerous Words

Pronouncing and using words correctly in Italian is a challenging but necessary skill to acquire when learning the language. A misplaced or a mispronounced letter can entirely change the meaning and botch what you’re trying to say. I saw this first hand when one night at aperitivo. My ragazzo americano wanted […]