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CILS Due B2 Exam: The Structure

CILS Due B2 Exam: The Structure

The CILS Due B2 is an official language exam issued by the University for Foreigners in Siena, Italy, to prove to the Italian government, an Italian university institution, or an employer in Italy a B2 (upper-intermediate) level of competence in the Italian...

Mi manca? Mi manchi? A Guide to the Use of ‘Mancare’

Mi manca? Mi manchi? A Guide to the Use of ‘Mancare’

If you want to say “I miss” in Italian, you should say “mi manca” and not “manco”.  Why so? What does the "mi" in front stand for? Understanding the use of 'mancare' in Italian The mi is an indirect pronoun and it’s used because mancare doesn’t follow a regular...

Italian Double Object Pronouns: A Simple Guide

Italian Double Object Pronouns: A Simple Guide

In Italian, it's very common to use a direct object pronouns and an indirect object pronouns together before a verb. This use appears in chunks like me lo, te lo, ce lo, ve lo, etc, and happens when we want to replace both the direct and...

Best Italian Modern Movies to Improve your Italian

Best Italian Modern Movies to Improve your Italian

Watch Italian TV shows on Netflix from outside Italy using a VPN service. A VPN is a cost-effective and easy solution that allows you to access Netflix's Italian library from anywhere in the world. All you need to do is subscribe to a VPN service and log in to your...

Imperfetto vs. Passato Prossimo: A Simple Guide.

Imperfetto vs. Passato Prossimo: A Simple Guide.

Both the imperfetto and passato prossimo are used to describe past events. However, they are used in different situations. The passato prossimo is used when the action is completed, happened once, and has a definite starting and ending point. The imperfetto,...

How to Learn Italian Fast in 3 Simple Steps

How to Learn Italian Fast in 3 Simple Steps

STEP 1: Set a Learning Itinerary  What's your Italian level? If you have been studying Italian for a few months or even years and you don't know where you are at, that's a problem. In order to make progress and learn Italian fast, you'll need to know what learning...

Andare and Venire: The Difference

Andare and Venire: The Difference

For most English speakers, the verbs "go" and "come" are interchangeable or synonyms. Instead, in Italian, the verbs venire and andare are not interchangeable and have distinct meanings.  What does "venire" mean? Venire means "to come," and it’s an irregular verb...

11 Italian Podcasts for Italian Learners

11 Italian Podcasts for Italian Learners

Italian Podcasts for Beginners (A1-A2) 1. Italian Podcast 101 This is a multi-level podcast developed by innovative languages. Italian Podcast101 is particularly suitable for beginners (including complete beginners) and lower-intermediate students. Why? Because each...

The Verb ‘Piacere’ in Italian: A Simple Guide

The Verb ‘Piacere’ in Italian: A Simple Guide

Mi piace or non piace are verbs Italians use all the time.  Ti piacciono quelle scarpe? - Do you like those shoes?  Non ci è piaciuto quel film - We didn't like that movie Ti piace la cucina italiana? - Do you like...