History of the House of Savoy: the Italian Royal Family

In this article we will talk about a very important moment in the history of Italy. Everyone knows that Italy is a Republic, but it has not always been like that! In fact, Italy became a Republic in 1946, after a popular referendum. Before this year, Italy was a monarchy, therefore ruled by a king, that was Vittorio Emanuele II di Savoia. When Italy officially became a united country on the 17th of March 1861, it was called the Kingdom of Italy. In this lesson, we will talk about the Italian Royal House of Savoy!

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Italian Alternative expressions to “WOW”: learn how to speak fluently!

The exclamation “WOW” is used in spoken conversational Italian to express enthusiasm, wonder or great surprise. In particular, the use of WOW spread thanks to comics and shows for teenagers. Anyway it is quite obviously not an Italian word. In the Italian language invented by Dante Alighieri, in fact, there are so many other ways to express these emotions. In this video, we’ll go through them together. And remember that all these alternative expressions must be pronounced with the right emphatic tone!

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Italian EXPRESSIONS related to ANIMALS used to DESCRIBE People!

Animals are an integral part of life on earth and, whether wild or domestic, they are loved by many people. So, it isn’t strange to know that they are present in many Italian idiomatic expressions, proverbs and common sayings; to be more specific, the Italian language “exploits” the most well-known animal characteristics to describe certain behaviors of human beings and their personalities… and not always in a positive way! Stay with us to discover 16 expressions related to the animal world!

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QUALCOSA: Meaning and Most Common MISTAKES

In this lesson I would like to introduce you to a word that is surely one of the very first ones that you have learnt in Italian: I’m talking about QUALCOSA. I’ve hit it, haven’t I? In fact, it’s a word for beginners. However, from my own experience, I can tell you that it raises many doubts and confusion and sometimes, even among those people with an advanced level of Italian! So now I will show you the 5 most common mistakes concerning QUALCOSA that foreigners make. And again, do not think that this video-lesson is only meant for beginners!

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