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Everyday Italian Phrases: Part 2

Conversational Italian!

Kathryn for Kathryn Occhipinti, MD, for Learn Travel

Do you want to speak Italian more easily and confidently by the end of 2017?

I believe that “commonly used phrases” are the key for how we can all build fluency in any language in a short time.

If we learn how to incorporate “commonly used phrases” when we speak Italian, we will be able to express ourselves more easily and quickly. We will be on our way to building complex sentences and speaking more like we do in our native language!

This post is the second in a series that will originate in our Conversational Italian! Facebook group.After our group has had a chance to use these phrases, I will post them on this blog for everyone to try.

Our second “commonly used phrases,” that will help us talk more easily will focus  on  What I asked…”

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Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (read by Paolo Poli)


Carlo Collodi

Paolo Poli


How I (plan to) Study Italian, 2017

Prayers & Piazzas

I have written that, a few years back, I stopped making New Year’s Resolutions, but last week, at the start of a new session of Italian classes, there was a buon proposito waiting for us all:

Migliorare il mio italiano | Improve my Italian

Our professoressa had written this knowing that certainly this a goal for all of her studenti. I nostri compiti (our homework) was to explain specifically how we planned to accomplish this resolution.

Allora, ecco il mio | Here’s mine:

Per migliorare il mio italiano, leggerò, scriverò, ascolterò e parlerò in italiano ogni giorno! 

To improve my Italian, I will read, write, listen and speak in Italian every day!

Reaching way back to my days of teaching language arts to middle schoolers, I remembered that these four elements — reading, writing, listening and speaking — are the foundation of language learning. Reading and listening are…

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Lucio Battisti – La canzone del sole


Renata Tebaldi: La Vergine degli Angeli


Renata Tebaldi

La Vergine degli Angeli


Un angelo sul ponte Vecchio

I have written this short story exactly ten years ago. It was for the 40th anniversary of the flood of Florence. I’m sorry I have only in Italian version.


o L’abete bianco

– Stanca? – chiese un uomo d’aspetto nordico con i capelli bianchi, avvicinandosi alla giovane ferma davanti al muricciolo del ponte che guardava in basso, verso l’acqua. Lei si voltò a guardare chi fosse, tirò una boccata alla sigaretta e quando buttò fuori il fumo stava già riguardando l’acqua.

– Che cosa vuole.
– Niente, le chiedevo se era stanca.
– Sì, esatto.
La giovane aveva dato un’altra boccata alla sigaretta e l’aveva gettata di sotto. In silenzio i due la guardarono farsi ingoiare dall’acqua nera, che così sembrava più rigonfia.
– Come mai sola a quest’ora? È già mezzanotte. Vive qui vicino, almeno? – chiese l’uomo strano, in ansia per la sconosciuta.
– Mi lasci in pace.
Ora severa stava guardandolo negli occhi.
– Ha capito? Mi lasci in pace.
– Ha ragione, le chiedo scusa. – disse l’uomo e tacque, senza però muoversi.
La giovane…

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Reasons I love Italy and why I learn Italian

Prayers & Piazzas

Falling in love with the Italian language has been one of the more beautiful surprises of my life.

Growing up in an Italian-American family, with a grandfather who, as a teenager, emigrated from Puglia in southern Italy to America, Italy was no big deal to me. I never intended to learn Italian, and I especially never expected to love every moment of it…read more on Studentessa Matta (honored to be featured there!)


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