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58. Life is Like a Piano (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:42:18 +0000

Have you ever wanted to play a musical instrument? A tradition now for hundreds of years, the piano has heavily influenced every major style of music since its first appearance, thanks to a great Italian inventor from Padua. Let’s learn more about the history of the piano and why everyone should learn to bang out […]

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57. The First Latin Lover (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:37:19 +0000

One of the most magnetic and charismatic stars of the silent era, Rudolph Valentino, once said, “People are not in love with me, but with the picture of me on the screen. I am merely the canvas on which they paint their dreams.” This time, let’s learn more about the first “Latin Lover” while we […]

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56. On Top of The Volcano (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 06 Jul 2014 23:47:17 +0000

The word volcano originally comes from the name of the Roman god of fire, Vulcan. It is said that Vulcan built a blacksmith workshop under Mount Etna and whenever Venus is unfaithful Vulcan grows angry and beats the red-hot metal with such a force that sparks and smoke rise up from the top of the […]

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55. More Popular Than Spaghetti (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 22 Jun 2014 23:05:33 +0000

The air is filled with World Cup Fever, so let’s talk about a legendary Italian World Cup hero who, at the peak of his career, was said to be “more popular than spaghetti”. We’ll learn his ups and downs during his soccer career, all while we practice lots of useful Italian words and expressions that […]

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54. It’s All About The Glass (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 01 Jun 2014 17:28:20 +0000

Italy is famous for so many delicious wines. And who knew that choosing the correct glass for your wine was such an important aspect in relishing the flavor and enjoying that moment you take that first sip. So, relax and pour yourself a glass while we practice lots of useful Italian words and expressions that […]

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53. The Most Popular Muscleman (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 04 May 2014 21:48:12 +0000

The importance of becoming fit and strong has long been an important factor to the general public. This time, let’s find out just how one famous Italian muscleman helped evolve the golden age of fitness and physical culture, all while we practice lots of useful Italian words and expressions that are sure to take your […]

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52. At The Pinocchio’s Park (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:50:52 +0000

VIP Member Sara, who is studying in Siena, Italy, wrote us to tell us of a great field trip she went on to the “Parco di Pinocchio.” – She tells us, “Wow! Pinocchio is truly loved and famous in Italy and now I know why there are little Pinocchio figures being sold on every street […]

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51. Let’s Play Cards! (That’s Amore!)

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:01:59 +0000

VIP Member Gianna just returned from Italy to visit family for the first time, and asks, “Why is it that Italians are so serious when playing cards? Every night, after dinner we played a card game called “Scopa” and it was very exciting and so competitive.” – This time, let’s learn all about Gianna and […]

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50. Lock Your Love Forever (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:03:18 +0000

The tradition of locking your love with a padlock on a bridge as a symbol of love and commitment is practiced throughout the world. No one is quite sure where this tradition has originated but love locks spring up on new bridges daily. — So, let’s learn all about this profession of love while we […]

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49. The Italian Happy Hour (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 09 Mar 2014 23:33:44 +0000

Italians, known for eating dinner quite late in the evening, call their Happy Hour “Aperitivo”. Literally, “aperitivo” is a pre-meal drink whose scope is to stimulate appetite, but in Italy it is in fact much more than that. Italians consider the time of “aperitivo” as a terrific opportunity to spend time and socialize with friends. […]

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48. When I Grow Up, I Want To Be… (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 23 Feb 2014 21:54:35 +0000

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” – How many times have people asked you that question when you were younger? Our little friend Marco is twelve years old: when he grows up he would like to be a famous cook, and let’s certainly hope all of his goals and dreams come […]

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47. Aglio, Olio, e Peperoncino (That’s Amore!)

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 01:57:45 +0000

There’s a well loved and widely popular Italian dish that’s easy and inexpensive to make, but it’s packed with flavor and healthy ingredients. The name of the dish is “spaghetti all’aglio olio e peperoncino” (spaghetti with garlic, oil, and hot pepper). – This time, let’s learn all about one of the staple dishes of the […]

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46. Snow Skiing In The Desert (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:49:17 +0000

If you like winter sports, and skiing in particular, you know the feeling you get by skiing in a perfectly groomed ski slope. Now, imagine being able to do it in the middle of the desert. Impossible, you say? – Think again. – This time, let’s learn all about a terrific indoor snow ski resort […]

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45. It’s A Moon, It’s A Balloon, It’s A Mongolfiera! (That’s Amore!)

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 02:15:43 +0000

Did you know that the first living astronauts in history were a sheep, a goose and a rooster? They flew in 1783 in France on board of a big hot-air balloon. So, let’s celebrate the first flight in history with living creatures on board all while we practice lots of useful Italian words and expressions […]

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8. The Great Idea Finder (Fame & Fortune)

Sun, 22 Sep 2013 23:49:50 +0000

You are sure to “get a charge” out of this time’s lesson about the great Italian scientist Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the electric battery. Let’s learn all about one of the greatest scientist and idea finders, Alessandro Volta, and how he obtained modern day’s honor for being considered by many the true father of […]

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44. Summer Fun in Italy (That’s Amore!)

Mon, 26 Aug 2013 00:29:05 +0000

Let’s spend a day at one of the most famous Italian water parks: Aqualandia. Located near Venice, in the Veneto region, Aqualandia is much more than a traditional water park. With its shows, activities, and extreme attractions, the park is one of Italians’ favorite summer destinations. Let’s have some terrific summer fun at the water […]

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43. The Pearl of The Lake (That’s Amore!)

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 01:40:45 +0000

Lake Como is a magnificent lake located in the region of Lombardia, Italy about 25 miles north of Milan. Among the many noted lakeside villages, Bellagio has been a true favorite of most nobles throughout the centuries. Let’s discover why Bellagio, also known as “Pearl of the Lake”, is and has been the preferred resort […]

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42. Anything To Declare? (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 01:14:39 +0000

Believe it or not, once they came back from the moon, Apollo 11 astronauts had to go through customs and immigration, like regular people do. Apparently, this was done more as a fun ritual than as a requirement from the government. So, let’s discover what the Apollo 11 crew declared on their customs and immigration […]

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41. The Most Unusual Palio Contest (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 22:12:45 +0000

This story is really unusual. We’re quite sure that if we say the word “Palio”, your mind will immediately go to the world-famous horse race “Palio di Siena”. – Not so for the people who live in the small Italian village of Fermignano, located in the Marche region. – Fermignano is where the most unusual […]

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40. I Can Move, I Can Talk, I Can Walk! (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:30:19 +0000

This time’s story is a celebration of what is considered to be the most translated book in the history of Italian literature. With over 240 translations, “Le Avventure di Pinocchio” (The Adventures of Pinocchio) remains a world-wide classic of children’s literature. – So, let’s learn all about the life and adventures of this famous animated […]

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39. The Toughest Soccer Game (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:08:02 +0000

This time’s news is about the so-called “Calcio Storico Fiorentino” (Historical Soccer from Florence). – Invented in the 16th century as a way to keep military troops in shape while waiting to go into battle, this sport is a brutal mix of soccer, wrestling, and boxing, and it takes place every year in June in […]

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7. A Voice That Loves You (Fame & Fortune)

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:09:18 +0000

This time, the spotlight is on a man who is considered to be the tenor singer par excellence: the great Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. The warmth and sincerity of his voice and larger than life personality made Enrico Caruso a superstar all over the world. – Let’s learn all about “a voice that loves you”, […]

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38. How To Heal A Broken Heart (That’s Amore!)

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 02:29:14 +0000

This time’s news is about a very creative way that an Italian travel agency has found to heal the so-called “mal d’amore” (broken heart): a bike tour for singles which they say it is the perfect cure for the relationship blues. – Let’s learn all about how to heal a broken heart with a twist […]

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6. The Hero of The Two Worlds (Fame & Fortune)

Mon, 27 May 2013 13:24:42 +0000

This time, the spotlight is on one of the most important and influential personalities in the history of Italy. His name is Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian general and politician who is considered one of the true founding fathers of Italy as we know it today. Let’s learn all about the “Hero of the Two Worlds”, […]

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5. A Timeless Movie Star (Fame & Fortune)

Tue, 14 May 2013 10:09:00 +0000

This time, the spotlight is on one of the greatest actresses in the history of cinema. Her name is Sophia Loren, a smart and talented actress – and a beautiful woman – who won numerous awards and honors, including two Oscars. Let’s learn all about this true icon of Italian cinema worldwide, and let’s practice […]

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4. An Indomitable Willpower (Fame & Fortune)

Sun, 28 Apr 2013 22:49:16 +0000

This time, the spotlight is on one of the most extraordinary women in the scientific world, a woman who dedicated her life to scientific research with extraordinary results. Her name is Rita Levi Montalcini, a great scientist who won the Nobel Prize for medicine. Let’s learn all about this incredible woman who had an indomitable […]

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3. The Ultimate Renaissance Man (Fame & Fortune)

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:40:38 +0000

This time, the spotlight is on the ultimate Renaissance Man, one of the greatest if not the greatest genius of all times, Leonardo da Vinci. Let’s learn all about the genius and creativity of a truly wonderful mind, and let’s practice lots of useful Italian words and expressions that are sure to take your Italian […]

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2. The “Maestro” of Modern Cinema (Fame & Fortune)

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 10:55:29 +0000

Federico Fellini, the Oscar-winning “Maestro” who masterfully explored the fantasies and dreams of the human mind, is one of the movie directors who have most influenced the history of modern cinema. Let’s learn all about one of the most creative movie directors of all time, and let’s practice lots of useful Italian words and expressions […]

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1. The Great Explorer (Fame & Fortune)

Sun, 31 Mar 2013 16:46:28 +0000

Italy has an comprehensive list of famous people who have excelled in all fields imaginable by man. Actors, architects, composers, artists, scientists, engineers, chefs, athletes – you name it! – for each imaginable field there is or there has been a famous Italian. – What is better than celebrating the lives of the men and […]

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37. No Tipping Necessary (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 12 Mar 2013 01:41:47 +0000

This news comes all the way from China where a recently opened restaurant is using – unbelievable but true – a robot-waiter to serve customers at the table. The robot-waiter is the invention of the restaurant’s owner, who is a technology enthusiast. Some say that the service of the robot-waiter is quite slow, but everyone […]

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36. Touring Italy On A Vespa (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:19:26 +0000

VIP Member Christine from Australia recently told us a story of a couple who bought an old Vespa, the famous Italian motorbike, and travelled all across Italy with it. They said they had the best time of their life! – Little did we know that this “Vespa tourism”, which consists of renting a Vespa to […]

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35. The Chocolate Stamp (That’s Amore!)

Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:03:22 +0000

Longtime VIP Member Angela, who is from Belgium, sent an interesting news about her country. Belgium is famous for its delicious chocolate so the Belgian post office took this love for chocolate to the extreme by releasing – incredible but true – a stamp that smells and tastes like chocolate! – Let’s learn all about […]

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34. The Fountain’s Facelift (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 12 Feb 2013 04:34:14 +0000

Did you know that 60% of the world’s art treasures can be found in Italy and good part of that art is in the beautiful city of Rome? – Rome is famous for its museums, churches, art galleries, and magnificent works of art. Recently, one of the true symbols of Rome, the world-renowned Trevi Fountain, […]

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33. The Ultimate Slow Food Experience (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:16:45 +0000

VIP Member Carla from New York just came back from a wonderful trip to Italy. She believes that the best way to understand and appreciate a culture is to learn how to cook its typical dishes, so she spent two weeks in a beautiful Tuscan villa learning how to cook Italian food, and she absolutely […]

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32. The Power of Silence (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:26:41 +0000

This time, let’s talk about… silence. It seems like that one of the most difficult things to do these days is to find a quiet corner where to unwind, relax, and reflect. After all, we all live in the so-called information overload era. – A famous department store in London decided to give its customers […]

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31. There’s an App for Everything (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 01:52:21 +0000

These days it’s all about smart phones or, as they call them in Italy, “telefonini intelligenti”. Italians love their smart phones and most of all they love their applications (in short, apps), which are fully functioning programs that run on smart phones. The app fever has officially invaded Italy, and Italians love to share the […]

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30. Italian Tradition? Maybe Not! (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 06 Jan 2013 21:04:53 +0000

Let’s talk about those traditions and customs that all over the world are believed to be Italian, but that in reality are virtually unknown in Italy. – For example, while in Italy, try ordering a cappuccino at the end of a meal, or ask the waiter for chicken with pasta, and most likely you will […]

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29. The Holiday Cake War (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 23 Dec 2012 17:47:12 +0000

Since Christmas is just a couple of days away, let’s talk about the two traditional cakes that all Italians will have on their table on Christmas Day: the world famous “Panettone” and “Pandoro”. – Like every year, the competition between these two delicious cakes is fierce: some Italians prefer “Panettone”, others prefer “Pandoro”. So, let’s […]

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28. The Trendy Knitting (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:31:19 +0000

Let’s talk about a new trend, or better, an old activity that has recently become quite popular: knitting. – Jane’s grandma Rina is an expert in this craft, and she taught her how to knit, and so now Jane loves to spend time knitting with her girlfriends as she finds it very relaxing. Apparently, she’s […]

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27. Don’t Forget Your Lucky Charm (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 02:33:30 +0000

Let’s talk about superstitions and lucky charms. It is a well known fact that Italians are in general extremely superstitious: a newspaper reported that Italians spend about 8 billion dollars a year on fortune tellers and astrology. One of the most famous lucky charms is the red horn, and it is said that you can […]

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26. Man’s Best Friend (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 25 Nov 2012 22:38:12 +0000

Let’s find out what Italians’ favorite pets are. About a year ago, a major Italian association who protects animals run a survey asking Italians to indicate their favorite pet. You will not be surprised to hear that the dog is still “man’s best friends” followed by (who else?) the cat. – But some Italians got […]

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25. The Hunt for The Perfect Location (That’s Amore!)

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:09:41 +0000

We are just a few weeks away from the beginning of the Holiday Season, and one of Italians’ favorite activities these days is to look for the “perfect” location where to spend a few days of well-earned rest with family and friends. So, let’s find out where Italians love to go during the Holiday Season, […]

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24. An All Italian Jewel (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 00:55:33 +0000

Long time VIP member Jason from Scotland visited the small Italian city of Modena on a recent trip to Italy, and he just fell in love with it. He says: “Not only Modena is one of Europe’s major economic realities, but it’s a wonderful place where to have fun and meet a lot of interesting […]

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23. The Return of The Chestnut Man (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 00:29:23 +0000

This time’s episode is all about one of Italy’s favorite traditions: the arrival, during the month of October especially in smaller cities, of the so-called “Chestnut Man” (in Italian, “Castagnaro”). For many Italians, October is a month full of great memories, and one of these memories is eating warm roasted chestnuts while enjoying a stroll […]

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22. Different Cities, Different Rules (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 14 Oct 2012 20:44:15 +0000

VIP Member Carla from San Diego, California, just recently went on a Mediterranean cruise. When she stopped in different cities all around Italy she found out some interesting rules that some cities enforce to protect their historical centers. – So, let’s listen to this interesting piece of news, and let’s practice lots of useful Italian […]

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21. Want to Buy an Italian Village? (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 19:17:31 +0000

If your dream is to buy a piece of Italy, today could be your lucky day… but of course, you would need to win the lottery first! – VIP Member Simon from New York found out that an entire Tuscan village is up for sale. Simon loves Italy; his grandparents came from a tiny village […]

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20. The Secret of a Long Life (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 02:14:09 +0000

Get ready for a treat as this episode could reveal the secret of a long life! – That is, according to VIP Member Roberta from Vancouver, Canada, who went to the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia just a month ago, and was impressed by the discovery of this tiny little village where about 300 of […]

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19. The Golden Goodness (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:34:12 +0000

This week’s news is about a museum entirely dedicated to one of the most popular condiments in the world, mustard. – Mustard is loved everywhere, in America, Europe, Australia, and all over the world. Listen to this interesting piece of news and practice lots of useful Italian words and expressions that are sure to take […]

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18. The Underwater Spaceship (That’s Amore!)

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 06:14:03 +0000

This time, we’ll take you to one of the most exotic vacation destinations you’ll ever hear about! – Our friend and VIP Member Mark, who is an architect from New Zealand, sent us this very interesting article about a luxurious underwater hotel that is currently being built in Dubai. – Sounds amazing, right? – Just […]

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17. The New Mirror of the Soul (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 21 Aug 2012 02:15:40 +0000

This time’s news is all about a very special kind of spa treatment. Longtime VIP Member Rossella, who for work reasons just relocated to Phoenix Arizona, found this incredible spa that offers, among the usual services, a complete reading of the feet. She says feet reading can read the emotions and personality of a person. […]

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16. It’s Like Flying, Only Better! (That’s Amore!)

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 18:33:10 +0000

This time’s news is all about outdoor, adventure, and… flying!. VIP Member Julie from Denver, Colorado loves three things: Italian food, the Italian language and the so-called zip line, a fun outdoor activity that is becoming very popular all over the world! So, let’s learn all about a new type of adventure, and practice lots […]

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15. Down The Slippery Slope (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 05 Aug 2012 17:44:32 +0000

VIP Member Petra from Germany, who visits Italy every year during the summer, sent us a terrific email with a very interesting article that we would like to share with you. The article is about school and a very unusual way for students to move from one class to another. – So, just listen to […]

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14. May The Best Pizza Win (That’s Amore!)

Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:06:08 +0000

When we think about Italy and food the first thing that usually comes to mind is the word pizza or pasta. Some people argue that you can eat a perfect pizza only in Italy, but the recent international championship of pizza, which was held in Italy, proved them wrong. – In fact, you can find […]

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13. Let’s Talk About Subway (That’s Amore!)

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 03:30:49 +0000

This time’s news comes straight from London. Long time VIP Member Eddy sent us a terrific email. He says: “My fiance’ is Italian and as we’re getting closer to get married, I need to practice more Italian because I want to be able to speak with her family. Here in London I don’t drive and […]

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12. An Extraordinary Orchestra (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 01 Jul 2012 20:40:27 +0000

Jane’s mom emailed us this great inspirational story about a very special group of women from Egypt, and when we read it we knew it was just perfect for our weekly Italian lesson. So, just listen to this uplifting story while learning and practicing some useful Italian words and expressions that you can use in […]

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11. The Dog Ice Cream (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 24 Jun 2012 20:37:13 +0000

This time’s news is all about our beloved four-legged friends: dogs. – VIP Member Ashley from London, England emailed us a wonderful article about how she loves to spoil her puppy with a tasty little treat… an ice cream exclusively made for dogs! – So, just listen to this great story all while learning some […]

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10. The Vegetable Cathedral (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 10 Jun 2012 17:58:53 +0000

Here’s another interesting news story, thanks to VIP member Jason from Vancouver, Canada, who is studying architecture in Italy. This piece of news is so unusual yet fascinating (it’s about an Italian vegetable cathedral made of trees!) that when we heard of it, we knew we had to share it with all of you. – […]

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9. TAT, TVTB, It’s SMS The Italian Way! (That’s Amore!)

Mon, 28 May 2012 01:30:27 +0000

It seems like that just about everyone in Italy has a wireless phone, and more than a few VIP Members, after returning from their trip to Italy, have pointed out how much Italians love sending text messages. – Today’s news is all about the so called SMS, or “short message service”, as the service turns […]

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8. A Tiny Little Village (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 13 May 2012 18:58:08 +0000

Jane found a very interesting article about the smallest village in Italy, and when we saw a few pictures of this tiny little place, we totally fell in love with it and we knew we had to share this story with you. So, let’s talk about “il villaggio piu’ piccolo d’Italia” (the smallest village in […]

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7. The Bocce Revival (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 06 May 2012 19:45:03 +0000

This time is VIP Member Rebecca from New York who sent us a wonderful article about what she calls “the bocce revival”. – The game of “bocce”, an all-Italian game very popular in the past but forgotten in recent years, is going through a major revival in the city of New York. – So, let’s […]

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6. A True World Championship (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 29 Apr 2012 17:18:19 +0000

VIP Member Mark from South Africa sent us a very funny email. He says: “Thank you for the eco-friendly lesson about water! You have no idea how much I have enjoyed it. Now, after water, can we talk about wine? I hear that Italy did pretty good at last year’s wine world-championship.” — You bet […]

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5. Sparkling or Still? (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 15 Apr 2012 15:44:56 +0000

Jane’s “Nonna Rina” (Grandma Rina) is a very active woman: she likes the outdoor, biking, hiking, traveling, and her favorite destination is “Le Cinque Terre”, a wonderful group of five villages surrounded by hills on the Liguria’s coast. – When Jane heard the news we’re about to give you she said to herself: “Grandma Rina, […]

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4. If You Want a Ferrari, Get in Line (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 08 Apr 2012 18:07:54 +0000

We’re always listening to our VIP Members for ideas and suggestions, and this episode is no exception! – Several VIP Members (Luca, Jordan, and Angela) feel like we need to dedicate one of our “That’s Amore!” episodes to an all Italian legend: the Ferrari, and since the new Ferrari museum just opened in Italy, what […]

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3. The Garden Mania (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 01 Apr 2012 21:45:25 +0000

Long time VIP Members Lauren from New Zealand sent us a wonderful email. She says: “I finally I did it! I moved to Italy and found a tiny apartment with a lovely garden. I am planning to grow some fresh vegetables; I heard this is what everyone is doing now here in Italy…”. – You’re […]

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2. The Longest Outdoor Escalator (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 25 Mar 2012 17:48:58 +0000

Jane’s friend and VIP Member Maria Tereza called from Italy, where she’s studying art, and reported a news about the longest outdoor escalator from her native country Colombia. She said she loves our new “That’s Amore!” series as she finds it very useful and entertaining, and she would really enjoy listening to some news in […]

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1. An All Italian Sushi (That’s Amore!)

Sun, 18 Mar 2012 19:33:57 +0000

Gooooood morning everyone and welcome to our new show called “That’s Amore”, a fun-to-practice news program slash learning Italian experience: news in Italian from all over the world that you can listen and practice on your way to and from work, while you work out, cook or simply relax, and that are sure to take […]

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6. Q&A with Jane & Max: What Did You Say He Did?

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 21:13:38 +0000

In Italian, there are mainly two ways to tell someone the content of a conversation: one is using the direct speech, the other is using the so-called reported speech. – This time, thanks to VIP Member Valentina who lives in London, England, we’re going to answer to this basic but fundamental question: “In Italian, how […]

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5. Q&A with Jane & Max: During Carnival, Anything Goes!

Sun, 19 Feb 2012 19:26:13 +0000

Certainly one of the most welcomed winter holidays, in Italy the “Carnevale” (Carnival) is a huge event celebrated with parades, masquerade balls, music, entertainment, and parties. Pranks of any kind are common during “Carnevale”, so much that the saying “A Carnevale ogni scherzo vale” (During Carnival anything goes) has become part of the Italian language […]

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4. Q&A with Jane & Max: The Language of Love

Sun, 12 Feb 2012 18:40:04 +0000

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and Italian is considered by many to be the language of love. So, what better question than the one sent by VIP Member Regina from Denver who is simply asking: “How do you say ‘I love you’ in Italian? – I understand that in Italian there are different […]

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3. Q&A with Jane & Max: I Hope You Have Time For This!

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 02:46:44 +0000

This time’s question was sent by VIP Members Alex and Cristina from Sidney, Australia, and so it goes: “Knowing the subjunctive is the only way for someone to express doubt, possibility, or uncertainty in Italian. As you often say, it’s a must know! So, how do we learn and use the subjunctive mood in Italian?” […]

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2. Q&A w. Jane & Max: I Can’t Believe You Left Them There!

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:55:54 +0000

Knowing the answer to this question can make the difference between speaking an average and a great Italian: “How do I substitute, in a sentence, a noun with its appropriate pronoun?” – Great question! In fact, Italians do it all the times; no, it’s not easy, but yes it’s THAT important to know. Practice this […]

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1. Q&A with Jane & Max: The Formal Mode

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 01:00:58 +0000

Welcome to the all new “Q&A with Jane & Max” episode #1: The Formal Mode. – This time’s question is basic and to the point, but it is important that you know the answer if you want to speak Italian correctly: “When and how do you use the formal mode in Italian?” – Practice this […]

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45. This Is How True Love Is Born (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 18 Dec 2011 21:27:10 +0000

Sometimes love comes around in the most unexpected ways, and that’s exactly what happened to our Italian friends Lucia and Renzo. And so today, we’ll listen to a romantic yet funny story about how a true lasting love was born out of a little accident. By studying and practicing this lesson, you will learn a […]

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44. It Takes Two To Tango (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 04 Dec 2011 23:18:06 +0000

Our friend and VIP Member Anna sent us a lovely email a few days ago. She says she’s currently taking an Italian class but she’s having some trouble with the Italian expressions of time that use the verbs “Metterci” and “Volerci”, which are usually translated in English with the meaning of “It Takes”. Then she […]

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43. What A Grumpy Old Lady She Is! (Listen Up & Learn)

Sat, 26 Nov 2011 18:31:43 +0000

Let’s listen to a funny story about a grumpy old lady who’s always complaining about everything and wherever she goes, she drives everyone crazy. — By studying and practicing this lesson, you will learn a lot of “ready-to-use”, 100% real “everyday” Italian words, sentences, and verbs about food, weather, health, and Italian culture and lifestyle. […]

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42. The Midnight Beast (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 13 Nov 2011 23:39:54 +0000

Our friend and VIP Member Judy from San Diego, California, confessed that she has some trouble in learning the present tense of most Italian verbs, and she’s asking for help and advice. — You knocked at the right door, Judy! – Let’s listen to a story chock-full of Italian verbs used in the present tense […]

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41. Say It Like You Mean It (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 30 Oct 2011 22:02:27 +0000

This is truly one of those shows that, if you study it and practice it for a while, it will certainly help you in taking your knowledge of the “real-life” spoken Italian language to the next level. In fact, you are going to learn and practice the top ten exclamations that Italians use everyday to […]

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40. To Everything There Is A Season (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 23 Oct 2011 21:43:36 +0000

Italy is surely a land of well-defined seasons: harsh winters with snow, ice, and freezing temperatures; beautiful and blooming springs full of life; extremely hot summers when Italy literally closes down for vacation, and beautifully warm autumns. All of this is life in Italy! – And so today, let’s dedicate this lesson to the beauty […]

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39. It’s Not To Be, It’s To Have (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 16 Oct 2011 22:39:40 +0000

VIP Member and friend Giuseppe from Vancouver, Canada, made a good point when he noticed that the Italian verb “Avere” (To Have) is used with many idiomatic expressions that normally use the verb “To Be” in English. Then Giuseppe asked us if we could do a lesson about it. — Great idea, Giuseppe! — So, […]

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38. If You Must, Do It With Grace (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 09 Oct 2011 21:52:43 +0000

One of the most famous Italian dictionary and encyclopedia publishers has declared war to vulgarity and bad words. “If you have to insult someone” – they say – “then do it with grace”. – This time, get ready for something unusual (and fun!) as we join the war to vulgarity by learning and practicing the […]

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37. The Miracle of San Gennaro (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 25 Sep 2011 17:16:48 +0000

Our friends Jim and Carla were in Naples, Italy, a few days ago, just at the right time to witness one of the most important days in the life of this beautiful city: the day of the San Gennaro Feast. Every year, on September 19, thousands of devotees crowd into the “Duomo di Napoli” (Naples […]

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36. The Devil’s Violin (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 11 Sep 2011 23:47:48 +0000

Our friend and VIP Member Cathyanne says she’s going to Italy to see her friends and to perfect her Italian. “Once in Italy”, she says, “I will rent a violin, I will play it in some orchestras, and I will give lessons”. – Then she asks if we can dedicate a LearnItalianPod episode to what, […]

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35. A New Hair-Do, Italian Style (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 04 Sep 2011 22:05:54 +0000

Alexandra, a longtime friend and VIP Member, who a couple of years ago left everything behind to fulfill her lifetime dream of living in Italy, sent us a terrific email. Recently, she felt that she needed a new hairstyle, so she clipped a photo from a magazine with the hairstyle she’d like to have, went […]

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34. Oh No, I Think I Lost It! (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 19:09:01 +0000

Longtime VIP Member Alice sent us a great email from Rome, Italy. She was in a bus a few days ago when “il controllore” (the ticket controller) jumped in and started checking tickets. – “What followed,” – she says – “can only be described as comedy at its very best. There was this woman without […]

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33. How Would You Like Your Sandwich? (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 14 Aug 2011 18:19:06 +0000

Episode #33 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “How Would You Like Your Sandwich?” -Ask any Italian what their favorite snack is and chances are very good that you will hear the words “panino imbottito” (literally “small stuffed bread”), the all-Italian version of a tasty sandwich. – Today, […]

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32. Come Fly With Me (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 07 Aug 2011 22:07:58 +0000

Episode #32 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Come Fly With Me” – Summer is in full swing in Italy and summer time usually means a more relaxed traveling and the opportunity to fully recharge one’s body, mind and spirit. – Let’s follow our Italian friend Giovanni as […]

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31. Haven’t We Met Before? (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 31 Jul 2011 16:05:03 +0000

Episode #31 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Haven’t We Met Before?” – The “haven’t-we-met-before” pick up line is possibly one of the most conventional and cheesiest ways a man can use to approach a woman he likes. Our friend Antonio doesn’t care to sound cheesy and, to […]

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30. The Commute Is Killing Me! (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 24 Jul 2011 16:20:11 +0000

Episode #30 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “The Commute Is Killing Me!” – The protagonist of today’s story, Anna, is a student at a prestigious Italian university who just moved to her new apartment. Everything should be well, except that… it is not. – So, let’s listen […]

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29. The Island of Glass (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 17 Jul 2011 21:07:27 +0000

Episode #29 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “The Island of Glass” (L’Isola del Vetro). – According to recent news, the island of Murano and its worldwide famous glass making tradition are in real danger of disappearing soon. A decreasing labor supply and most importantly, the growing competition […]

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28. One For Each Body Part (Listen Up & Learn)

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 00:30:24 +0000

Episode #28 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “One For Each Body Part” – This lesson has the double purpose to teach you a lot of cool new Italian idiomatic expressions while at the same time to help you memorize the different parts of the body. – Yes, […]

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27. The Tortellino X-perience (Listen Up & Learn)

Mon, 27 Jun 2011 00:11:33 +0000

Episode #27 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “The Tortellino X-perience” – Scientists from the University of Bologna are so passionate about their hometown’s world famous pasta, “Tortellini”, that their passion has become the inspiration for their latest software: a multimedia teaching game called “Tortellino X-perience”, that promises […]

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26. We All Scream For Ice Cream (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 19 Jun 2011 23:51:19 +0000

Episode #26 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “We All Scream For Ice Cream” – Summer’s here, and with summer, comes ice cream! – “Gelato” (the Italian word for “ice cream”), is loved by kids and adults alike, it is arguably the most famous dessert in the world, […]

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25. The 7 Ways To Good (and Bad) Luck (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 12 Jun 2011 22:03:15 +0000

Episode #25 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “The 7 Ways To Good (and Bad) Luck” – It is a well known fact that Italians are big on superstitions. Today, let’s have fun by uncovering the top seven ways to bring “la buona fortuna” (the good luck) or […]

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24. I Declare You Husband and Wife (Listen Up & Learn)

Tue, 31 May 2011 00:40:49 +0000

Episode #24 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “I Declare You Husband and Wife” – This time, get ready to have fun as we’re going to talk about Italian wives, husbands, and the meaning of marriage… according to Italians! — Jane’s parents are celebrating their 25th anniversary this […]

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23. Once Upon A Time (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 22 May 2011 23:16:06 +0000

Learn Italian with – Episode #23 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Once Upon A Time” – The expression “Once Upon A Time” (in Italian, “C’era Una Volta”) is the classic opening line of a tale or a fable. This time, get ready to listen to one […]

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22. The Perfect Picnic Menu (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 15 May 2011 23:17:10 +0000

Learn Italian with – Episode #22 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “The Perfect Picnic Menu” – Longtime VIP Member and friend Maria, who lives and works near Florence in Italy, sent us “una email molto divertente” (a very funny email). She says: “Next week, I’m organizing […]

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21. Cracking Italian Jokes (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 08 May 2011 23:41:22 +0000

Learn Italian with – Episode #21 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Cracking Italian Jokes” – A famous university professor once said that anyone who can truly understand and appreciate a sense of humor in a non-native language can be considered to have mastered that language. – […]

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20. Welcome To The Library (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 24 Apr 2011 22:26:32 +0000

Learn Italian with – Episode #20 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Welcome To The Library” – Let’s take a guided tour inside a big Italian University library to learn and practice a collection of new words and sentences that you will need to know and use […]

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19. Happy Birthday To You! (Listen Up & Learn)

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 02:34:06 +0000

Learn Italian with – Episode #19 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Happy Birthday To You!” – Get ready, ’cause today we’re going to do something different! What do we mean by that? How about Jane singing “Happy Birthday” to her fictitious eight years old son Massimo? […]

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18. Thank You For Calling (Listen Up & Learn)

Sun, 10 Apr 2011 23:56:44 +0000

Learn Italian with – Episode #18 of the fun-to-practice and extra-useful “Listen Up & Learn” lesson series is entitled “Thank You For Calling” – It’s just past lunchtime and you decide to kick-start the afternoon with some shopping, determined to buy those great Italian shoes you saw the other day. So, you call the […]

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