Five Italian idiomatic expressions related to hands

Italian idiomatic expressions related to hands

Italians are famous for gesturing a lot while talking. Sometimes they do it to emphasize what they’re saying, sometimes, instead, gesturing hasn’t a meaning, but it just shows Italians’ nature. Since gesturing is second nature for Italians, it’s no surprising that also in Italian language there are many idiomatic expressions related to hands. Let’s see some of them. 1. STARE/STARSENE CON LE MANI IN MANO Stare con le mani in mano or starsene con le mani in mano are two Italian idiomatic expressions related to hands that literally mean to be with your hands in your hand. The real meaning…

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Why making mistakes is good

Why making mistakes is good

Many people are worried about making mistakes. This is just as true in general as it is when it comes to learning Italian, or any other language. After all, while growing up we are often told that making mistakes is bad. For example, in school it often seems everything depends on how well we score on tests, not on our willingness to learn new things. And at work mistakes have to be avoided at all costs or there’s a very high possibility that we get fired. However, very few people, or no one at all, will tell you that it…

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Italian drinks – How to order drinks in Italy

Italian drinks - How to order drinks in Italy

Who among us has never stopped in a café with her friends and ordered something to drink? Going out with friends is a very common way to relax and chat. And one of the most popular places to do it in Italy is a bar – a café in England or U.S.A. So, imagine you’re in Italy with your friends – or without them but during your holiday you make new Italian friends – and decide to spend some time relaxing in an Italian bar. Do you know how to order drinks in Italian? If your answer is no, worry…

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Three typical Italian biscuits

Three typical Italian biscuits

Italian cooking has many delicious dishes which are made with fresh ingredients. You can find lasagna, agnolotti, mushroom risotto, scaloppini, brasato, sea beam, etc. For those of you who are particularly gluttonous of sweets and desserts, Italy has also a large list of cakes and biscuits you can taste or cook. In this article, I’m going to introduce you to some typical Italian biscuits that you can cook at home and startle your friends and family. 1. TEGOLE D’AOSTA The tegole d’Aosta, literally Aosta’s tile, are one of the typical Italian biscuits produced in the Italian region Valle d’Aosta. They…

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How to ask for directions in Italian

Ask for directions in Italian

If you decide to visit Italy and stay for a while, you may want to visit different cities and towns and different parts of Italy – north, south and center. To do so, one of the best things you can do is renting a car. Yes, because public transports in Italy aren’t always reliable and can’t reach every single Italian town. Renting a car gives you the freedom and certainty to go everywhere you want, sure provided that you have a good sense of direction and can read maps. Unfortunately for me, I’ve got no sense of direction and I’m…

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