Happy hour or aperitivo? – Italian customs

Happy hor or aperitivo?

Are you planning a low budget holiday in Italy? Then, aperitivo and happy hour might come in handy. But what are aperitivo and happy hour? APERITIVO The idea of aperitivo in Italy dates back to 1784, when Antonio Benedetto Carpano invented Vermouth, a drink made of white wine aromatized with more than 30 different spices and herbs. Nowadays, aperitivo indicates a beverage, usually an alcoholic one, that is drunk before meals to whet the appetite. During aperitivo you usually eat some appetizers too, like pizza, crackers, cheese, chips, peanuts and so on. Some of the most famous aperitivi in Italy…

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The main Italian prepositions – con, su, per, tra, fra

Italian prepositions - con, su, per, tra, fra

In a previous article I talked about the main Italian prepositions di, a, da, in. Today, you’ll learn the other ones: con, su, per, tra, fra. Prepositions are invariable words which can precede nouns, pronouns or infinitives. Let’s see some of the uses of the main Italian prepositions con, su, per, tra, fra. CON Generally means with and can indicate: • A relation of some kind Example: Anna sta cenando con suo fratello -> Anna is having dinner with her brother; • A quality or characteristic Example: Guarda che bello quel cucciolo con il fiocco rosso -> Look how lovely is the puppy…

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Learn Italian animal idioms

Learn Italian animal idioms

Idioms are one of the most problematic areas for language learners. In fact, since idioms’ meaning isn’t literal but figurative, it’s not usually easy to guess nor to remember. So, if you believe that the italian idiom sputare il rospo – literally to spit the toad – means to have a toad in your troad or, worse, to use the restroom, you’d better keep on reading. In a previous article – Learn Italian color idioms – I explained some Italian color idioms. Today, instead I want to introduce some Italian animal idioms. TORO Tagliare la testa al toro means to clinch the…

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The main Italian prepositions – di, a, da, in

Main Italian prepositions - di, a, da, in

Prepositions are one of the nightmares of language learners. The reason is that even if there are usually some rules to explain their usage, in many cases these rules do not apply. And language learners are obliged to learn prepositions in context, by heart. Italian prepositions are no exception. So, today, I’m going to explain some of the main Italian prepositions and how to use them. Prepositions are invariable words which can precede nouns, pronouns or infinitives. The main Italian prepositions are di, a, da, in, con, su, per, tra/fra. Let’s see some of the uses of di, a, da,…

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Italian gestures (Part 1)

Italian gestures-what?

Every country uses nonverbal communication. It can be gestures, expressions, sounds, and so on. Just think about the thumbs-up gesture. It can mean approval in the U.S.A, it’s considered an obscene gesture in Turkey, it means number one in some other countries, and I like it on Facebook.   Among all the countries, Italy is widely known to have a great variety of gestures. Italians learn them when they are children, and gestures represent for them an essential part of everyday communication. They can use gestures to replace verbal communication, but mostly they use them to emphasize it. Let’s see…

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