Vocabulary

How To Use ‘CI’ and ‘NE’ in Italian

How To Use ‘CI’ and ‘NE’ in Italian

Have you been learning Italian for a while? Then, I am sure you have been faced with the quirky usage of the Italian particles ci and ne (also known as particelle pronominali, in Italian).  And you've been wondering dozens of times what...

Italian Indirect Object Pronouns: A Simple Guide  

Italian Indirect Object Pronouns: A Simple Guide  

Yes, pronouns are not easy to grasp, but they're worth mastering. Why? It's simple. We use them all the time. We use them to avoid repeating things and be concise, typically in a conversation. It's the same in English and in many other languages. Knowing the Italian...

21 Great Short Stories in Italian for Beginners and Beyond

21 Great Short Stories in Italian for Beginners and Beyond

What's a short story in Italian? A short story, also known as a graded reader, is a book or story written in easy-to-understand Italian with Italian learners in mind. These books are helpful for learning and retaining new words, phrases, and expressions in context, as...

11 Short Stories in Italian For Intermediate Learners

11 Short Stories in Italian For Intermediate Learners

If reading in Italian has become too challenging for you, you might not have been using the right content and should consider making a change. There are countless ways to learn new vocabulary and grammar at an intermediate level of Italian, but the most important...

7 Great Textbooks to Expand your Italian Vocabulary

7 Great Textbooks to Expand your Italian Vocabulary

Having a good vocabulary in Italian is a strong indicator of your ability to comprehend new material or listen to Italian conversations. That's why, based on my over 10 years of experience as an instructor of Italian as a foreign language, I have compiled the...

Italian Conjunctions: A Guide 

Italian Conjunctions: A Guide 

Italians are quite wordy and love stringing together long sentences.   To put them together they use conjugations (or connectors) A conjunction in Italian is a small word that joins information together within a sentence. I am sure you have already...

How to Learn Italian with 11 Useful Apps

How to Learn Italian with 11 Useful Apps

The use of apps for learning Italian is on the rise. It isn't easy to pick just one Italian language app. Each App takes a different approach to learning and may be better suited to one type of student over another. Learning a language, especially as an adult, is a...

What does “Sto per” Mean in Italian?

What does “Sto per” Mean in Italian?

What does "Stare per" Mean in Italian? The phrase "stare per + infinitive" is used in Italian to indicate that an action is about to happen or is imminent.  The verb stare means "to stand" or "to be," and when it is combined with the preposition per and...

Writing  Formal or Informal Emails for your Italian Citizenship Exam

Writing Formal or Informal Emails for your Italian Citizenship Exam

If you’re preparing for your Italian Citizenship exam, you know that one of the writing prompts for the writing portion includes writing a formal or informal email. First and foremost, it’s important to determine the appropriate register for your email because Italian...