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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 , […]

Culture

Catching a Cold: Italian Style

It’s that time of year again. No, I am not referring to Christmas. I am talking about cold and flu season. The time of year my germaphobe self particularly loathes. If you thought being a germaphobe was a hard knock lifestyle in America, it’s a downright torturous in Italy. You […]

Language

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 […]