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Surnames and Their Meanings

By On February 20, 2017

This month’s surname feature is not in the traditional format, but is instead a list of surnames that are relative to the theme of love and Valentine’s Day. As expressed in previous… Read More

Italian Made Fun & Simple

Italian Made Fun & Simple

By On February 20, 2017

This month’s lesson deviates from our traditional lesson to one dedicated to Valentine’s Day, Italian-style. Italian lovers are famous throughout history: Paolo and Francesca, the ill-fated pair described in Dante’s “La Divina… Read More

A Carnevale parade makes its way along Via Aldo Moro in Frosinone in a display of jubilation before the penance period of Lent.
Italian Made Fun & Simple

Sara Celebra Il Carnevale

By On February 20, 2017

By Melissa Cannavo-Marino Mamma, nonna e nonno are molto felici (very happy). Anch’io sono molto felice (I’m very happy, too). Finalmente (finally) fa bel tempo (the weather is nice) and everyone in… Read More

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Nel blu dipinto di

By On February 20, 2017

Da Susanna Squellerio Avevo solo quattro anni ma fu tale lo stupore, il sentimento di gioia di vivere e spensieratezza che la canzone “Nel Blu dipinto di Blu” mi trasmise che, ancor… Read More

Italian Made Fun & Simple

Surnames and Their Origins

By On January 27, 2017

Italian-American Herald CIURCO — This surname derives from the first name Giorgio, deriving from the Greek word gheorgos, which means farmer. Though surnames derived from Greece are not very common, most that… Read More

Italian Made Fun & Simple

Italian Made Fun & Simple

By On January 27, 2017

After three lessons dedicated to the various holidays, it’s time to get back on track with regular lessons for learning Italian. Since it’s been such a long period, we thought it best… Read More

Italian Made Fun & Simple

Surnames and Their Origins

By On December 1, 2016

CIARLARIELLO — This surname derives from the Italian verb “ciarlare,” meaning chatting too much. Ancestors of these present families may have been noted for being chatty. It is present in 11 regions… Read More

Italian Made Fun & Simple

Italian Made Fun & Simple

By On December 1, 2016

Starting with the first Sunday of Advent, which this year started on Nov. 27, and running through Epiphany on Jan. 6, Italy’s winter holiday season has numerous minor and major holidays peppered… Read More

Inizia la processione di Santa Lucia a Siracusa.
Italian Made Fun & Simple

Celebrare la festa di Santa Lucia

By On December 1, 2016

Da Susanna Squellerio Quando mi è stato proposto di scrivere quest’articolo, sono stata assalita da una sorta di smarrimento. “Tutti o nessuno, Santa Lucia deve essere ricordata e omaggiata per la sua… Read More

Italian Made Fun & Simple

Surnames and Their Origins

By On November 16, 2016

CETRULLO — The word itself is the dialect term deriving from the Italian citriolo, which means cucumber. No particular explanation as to why, but the word cetrullo evolved into a nickname meaning… Read More