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Apart from visiting museums and archeological sites and building there are other unique things to do in Italy. So, here’s a brief list for you of three unique things you can do while you’re in Italy. 1. HINKING UP ACTIVE VOLCANOES In Italy there are still two active volcanoes and at least nine dormant volcanoes – meaning that they have not erupted in years but are likely to erupt again in the future. The two Italian active volcanoes are Etna and Stromboli, in Sicily. So, one of the unique things to do in Italy can be hiking up Etna and…

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Sometimes language learners are afraid of speaking in a foreign language because they’re scared of making mistakes. But they also forget that even native speakers make mistakes when talking or even when writing! So, to make you feel better about your mistakes in Italian, here are some of the most common mistakes Italians make when speaking or writing. THE ACCENT Sometimes, it can be tricky to know whether to use the accent or not in Italian, especially on monosillabic words. So, some Italians either use too many accents or they choose not to use them at all. The fact is…

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It’s happened to everyone at least once. You see someone and even without hearing him speaking you immediately know where he’s from. Of course, it’s not an exact science. Sometimes, you happen to be right and some others not but still there are some behaviours, or some features, that make you think someone comes from a specific country. The same applies for Italians. There are some features that usually allow you to recognize Italians abroad. Let’s see some of them. 1. ITALIANS SPEAK LOUDLY The first thing that allows you to recognize Italians abroad is that they usually speak loudly.…

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Everyone who’s come to Italy once in his life, has surely noticed that many Italians don’t have a good command of English. So, knowing and understanding at least some basic Italian travel phrases might be very useful for you if you ever decide to come and visit Italy. For this reason, today I’m going to list some very basic Italian travel phrases that you can use during your staying in Italy. ASKING FOR EXPLANATIONS These simple sentences are very useful when you don’t understand immediately what an Italian is saying. You can use different types of sentences. The choice is…

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Easter in Italy is one of the most important celebrations in Italy, second only to Christmas. For those of you who are not familiar with the Christian religion, Easter, Pasqua in Italian, is the day when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. On Easter in Italy, practicing Christians usually go to Church and then celebrate with their family and/or friends. However, in some parts of Italy there are special celebrations on Easter, which are worth mentioning and seeing. For example, special celebrations take place in Florence and Sulmona. EASTER IN FLORENCE To explain why Easter is celebrated…

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Potere and sapere are two Italian modal verbs that are widely used. So, knowing how to use them is essential to communicate clearly and effectively. If some of the uses of sapere and potere are quite simple to grasp, some others can be confusing at first. Let’s start from the explanation on how to use the verb sapere and potere and then we’ll move on to their differences. I’m going to use an extract of my Italian grammar for this explanation. Potere Potere is usually followed by a verb in the infinitive. Potere can be generally used to: a. Express…

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I know! How can I possibly make only a short list if there are so many special things you can do in Italy, right? But let’s be real. Some of them are pretty popular. I mean, who on Earth goes to Rome for the first time and doesn’t visit the Colosseum? Or who goes to Pisa without visiting the famous tower? But my list is for people who want to see something different. 1. Parco Sigurtà The first of the special things to do in Italy is visiting Sigurtà Park. So, if you’re visiting Veneto, don’t forget to stop there.…

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Magari and infatti are two common Italian words that Italians use daily. But these two words do not have only one meaning and can be used in different ways. Do you think you know all the meanings of these two Italian words and how to use them? If not, keep reading because today you’ll learn how to use magari and infatti. MAGARI Magari can have different meanings in Italian. In course books some of these meanings are taught sooner, some others, instead, are taugth at intermediate or advanced levels. However, if you happen to have an Italian language partner, you’ll…

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According to the educational theorist Neil Fleming, everyone of us has a preference for a specific learning style. Learning to use learning techniques related to our specific learning style would allow us to learn faster and better. Fleming created the VARK model. The VARK model divides learners into four groups, according to their “preferred” learning style. The four learning styles are: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic. VISUAL LEARNERS Visual learners have a preference for learning by observing. They can learn from images, diagrams, schemes.  AUDITORY LEARNERS Auditory learners learn better when listening to new information. For example, they prefer listening…

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Italian is a language full of idioms, and many of them are commonly used in everyday situations. This is the case of many Italian body idioms, for example. So, today you’re going to learn seven Italian body idioms. 1. COSTARE UN OCCHIO DELLA TESTA Costare un occhio della testa is the first of the Italian body idioms you’re going to learn today. This expression is used to say that something is extremely expensive. Ex: Che bell’anello! Ti sarà costato un occhio della testa! What a nice ring! It might have cost you an arm and a leg! 2. NON AVERE…

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