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Leonardo, il genio in ogni modo

By On April 17, 2017

Da Susanna Squellerio Leonardo di Ser Piero da Vinci nacque il 15 aprile del 1452 ad Anchiano, a tre chilometri da Vinci, poco distante da Firenze. Quando Leonardo venne al mondo, nessuno… Read More

From the Editor

In the absence of a strong Italian media, ignorance and stereotypes will prevail

By On April 13, 2017

There’s not much audience for history when Tony Soprano is grabbing all the ratings By Joe Cannavo You may recall a recent editorial in which I pointed out that for a community… Read More

Featured

On Easter Monday, even the Pope takes a day off

By On April 13, 2017

La Pasquetta is a day of leisure, renewal and picnics By Joe Cannavo As one would imagine in a predominantly Roman Catholic country like Italy, Easter Sunday is perhaps the most revered… Read More

Italian Made Fun & Simple

Surnames and Their Origins

By On February 20, 2017

Italian-American Herald CONTESTABILE — This surname is derived from the Italian word for constable. In medieval times it was a title of honor similar to minister. Given that few present-day Italian families… Read More

Italian Made Fun & Simple

Italian Made Fun & Simple

By On February 20, 2017

To date we have been seeing prepositions in our lessons. However, we have not learned much about them and how they are used. The next several lessons will be dedicated to learning… Read More

Per I Bambini

Sara’s Mamma remembers her favorite children’s games

By On February 20, 2017

By Melissa Cannavo-Marino Ciao ragazzi, this month I want to tell you about some of the games children here in Italy like to play. Il tempo (the weather) has been molto bello… Read More

Italian Made Fun & Simple

Grande attrice Anna Magnani non sarà mai dimenticato

By On February 20, 2017

Da Susanna Squellerio Nun c’è niente de più bello de na persona in rinascita. Quanno s’ariarza dopo na caduta, dopo na tempesta e ritorna più forte e bella de prima. Con qualche… Read More

Italian Made Fun & Simple

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