INFINE, FINALMENTE, ALLA FINE: What’s the difference? What do they mean?

Alla fine, infine e finalmente: these three expressions are often a problem for those studying Italian, because they don’t seem to be able to use them correctly. All three expressions contain the word “fine” or its lexical root, but in most cases, they are not interchangeable, because they can have completely different meanings. For this reason, in this lesson we are going to talk about their uses, the difference between them and in which context they shall be used.

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Italian syntax (word order): (IO) VADO vs VADO IO / (IO) FACCIO vs FACCIO IO

In this lesson we are going to talk about Italian syntax and, in particular, about the different meanings a sentence can have if we change the order of its components, which are the words. This often happens in Italian, as in: “(io) vado” o “vado io”, “(tu) lo fai” o “lo fai tu”, “(lei) guarda” o “guarda (lei)” and so on… Although these sentences might look similar, I can assure you that changing the word order can also cause a considerable change in the meaning, therefore you need to be sure about what you are doing without putting the words randomly!


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25 Italian idiomatic expressions with the verb “FARE” that you DON’T know

In this lesson we are going to talk about a topic which is really useful to improve your Italian, especially  your speaking skills. In fact, as you are well aware, one of the the most common verbs of the Italian language is the verb “fare”. It is also part of many fixed expressions that do not allow variations and  can often have nonliteral meanings, thereby creating a bit of confusion for non-native Italian speakers.


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The meaning of the word “TANTO” and its different uses in Italian

In this lesson, we are going to talk about the different uses and meanings that the word “tanto” can have based on the specific context in which it appears. Moreover, we will explain some commonly used expressions that contain the term “tanto” and that you should learn and use to improve your Italian expressive abilities.

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Stop saying “CIRCA” in Italian: learn all the alternatives and speak Italian flawlessly!

How many of you know the word “circa”? I bet almost everyone. In fact, “circa” is a widespread word in many European languages and it derives directly from the Latin word “circa”, which literally means “about”, “approximately”. However, precisely because it is so common, using it too often can make you become banal and repetitive. Therefore, in this article I want to show you every alternative you can use to replace the word “circa”.

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