How to recognize Italians abroad

How to recognize Italians abroad

It’s happened to everyone of us at least once. We see someone and even without hearing him speaking, we immediately know where he’s from. Of course, it’s not an exact science. Sometimes, we happen to be right and some others not but still there are some behaviours, or some features, that make us think someone comes from a specific country. The same applies for Italians. There are some features that usually allow people 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…

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Basic Italian travel phrases

Basic Italian travel phrases

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 – Special celebrations

Easter in Italy - Florence

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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Italian modal verbs – Difference between sapere and potere

Italian modal verbs – Difference between sapere and potere

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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Two special things to do in Italy

Two special things to do in Italy

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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