6 Great Texbooks to expand your Italian Vocabulary

Have you ever wondered why building an extensive vocabulary is so important and which are the best textbooks to improve your Italian vocabulary? Words are one of the most important tools to facilitate and empower communication.  Since vocabulary is so important, it is wise to extend the size of your vocabulary whenever you can. A[…]

Finalmente vs alla fine

Durante i miei corsi ho notato che spesso fanno confusione tra l’uso di finalmente e alla fine. Sebbene i due avverbi si somiglino molto hanno un significato diverso e di conseguenza si usano diversamente. Allora, vediamo qual è la differenza tra finalmente, alla fine e infine. Finalmente esprime soddisfazione per la realizzazione di un evento lungamente atteso[…]

Valentine’s day post:14 names Italian use between lovers

As Valentine’s day is approaching I thought about listing the most popular names that Italians use between lovers (and in same cases between close friends). The listing is accompained with the literal English translation, however all of the followings might sound in English like darling, sweetheart, honey and the likes.   Tesoro (and the abbreviation[…]

Espressioni con ESSERE & AVERE

In Italian there is a certain amount of popular expressions that use the verb avere when English uses the verb essere and viceversa. Below I wrote a list of the most popular ones. AVERE avere sonno: to be sleepy avere fame: to be hungry avere sete: to be thirsty avere freddo: to be cold avere[…]

DOVERE, VOLERE, POTERE : How to say in Italian to must, to want and to can.

We use modal verbs to show if we believe something is a necessity, a possibility or volition (if you must to do something, if we can do something or if we want to do something. We also use modal verbs to do things like asking permission, making requests and offers and so forth. The Italian modal verbs precede the infinitive[…]

Fare la spesa or fare spese? Lezione sul vocabolario dello shopping.

When it comes to buying things, Italian use a variety of different expressions, let’s see some of them: Fare la spesa -> buying groceries Fare shopping -> buying clothes Fare compere/acquisti/spese->  buying anything but food Fare commissioni -> running errands   Vocabolario del supermecato la spesa -> grocery shopping il carrello -> shopping cart la[…]

ESSERE VS STARE. What’s the difference?

I often happened to be asked by my students what is the actual difference between the verbs ESSERE and STARE, as they both can be translated into one single verb in many other languages (French, English, German, Polish…), that is to say TO BE. Let’s start from clarifying that the Italian translation of ‘TO BE’[…]

How to form the IMPERATIVE with Italian verbs

The imperative in Italian is used to give orders or exhortations. As you will find out it is a rather regular tense. Also, the imperative exists just in the present tense! And the first and third persons singular (IO e LUI/LEI) do not exist.   TU and VOI are the same as in the indicative,[…]

10 useful Italian expressions you will not find in textbooks

No matter you are new to the beauty of the Italian language or you have already spent several years  studying it,  these 10 useful slang expressions,  you would hardly find in a textbook of Italian, will help you to speak Italian more like a native than ever before.   1.Va bene  Va bene is the italianization[…]


  L’amore non è bello, se non è litigarello There is no equivalent in English, altough I found out that Shakespeare would have said ‘The course of true love never did run smooth‘. The above Italian proverb pretends to ease the tension after a little quarrel by objecting that a relationship can’t be completely ‘bella’ (or[…]

23 ways to use the verb “FARE”

Other than being an irregular verb, FARE is used in Italian in a number of many useful expressions. Let’s see some of them: Fare i compiti: to do the homework Fare le pulizie: to do the cleanings Fare un biglietto: to buy a ticket Fare una passeggiata: to go for a walk Fare un giro:[…]