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Italian For Travelers

Taking a trip to Italy and want to learn Italian? You might have purchased tickets for a group tour to Tuscany, or are visiting relatives in southern Italy, but what if you can't ask a question, decipher a menu, or use the phone?

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Italian Language Spotlight10

Soft G in Italian

In Italian the term soft G (G dolce) refers to a sound that's technically known as a voiceless postalveolar affricate.

Formation of Italian Plural Nouns Ending in -CO and -GO

Forming the plurals of Italian words ending in -co and -go can be a challenge.

Formation of Italian Plural Nouns Ending in -CIA and -GIA

In Italian, the correct spelling of feminine plural nouns ending in-cia and -gia can be perplexing.

Phonotactic Doubling in Italian

In Italian, phonotactic doubling refers to the "doubling" that takes place when pronouncing the initial consonant of a word linked to the previous one.

Formation of Italian Plural Nouns Ending in -IO

The plural of Italian nouns ending in -io depends on the tonicity of the letter i and the various possible spellings.

Quanti Italiani Conosci?

How many Italian languages do you know? More than you might think! In linguistics, register defines the style and type of vocabulary used in speech appropriate

Raddoppiamento Fonosintattico

In Italian, phonotactic doubling (raddoppiamento fonosintattico) refers to the "doubling" that takes place when pronouncing the initial consonant of a word

Formation of Italian Plural Nouns Ending in -IO

The plural of Italian nouns ending in -io is connected to the tonicity of the letter i and the various possible spellings.

Parchi Letterari


Italy, Home of the Calf

Where did the name Italy originate? There are plenty of theories and some even believe that the name derives from the term Viteliu (Latin "vitulus"—or

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