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26 March 2017

Italian expressions - In vino veritas

Drinking good wine, within limits of course, is so much part of Italian culture that the language is peppered with sayings and expressions to do with wine. Here are five of them.

26 March 2017

In Italian, what does the prefix ‘s’ do to the word?

Adding an ‘s’ to the beginning of an Italian word often creates the opposite, often negative meaning of the word.

26 March 2017

Short refresher course in Italian

Earlier this year, Paul Luijten did a short training course at Regina Coeli to get his Italian back up to scratch. “Italians love it when you speak Italian with them but they won’t correct you. At Regina Coeli, they do!

26 March 2017

Italian ice cream

Italian ice cream dates back to the 16th Century, but the history of ice cream goes back even further. It originated in Asia Minor and then eventually came to the rest of Europe via Sicily and Rome. The Sicilians discovered ‘sorbetto’ (sorbet)

26 March 2017

Learn Italian words faster!

To learn words faster you should use your knowledge of other languages. Try to make as many links as you can between Italian words and their equivalents in other languages.

26 March 2017


Mr B departs for Italy —where he will be working for an Italian company— with absolutely no knowledge of the language; he had no time for a language course. Moreover, he is convinced that most Italians are able to speak a bit of English nowadays, especially considering the emails peppered with English words which he regularly receives from Italy.

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