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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 C

Tuesday April 22, 2014

In Italian the term soft C (C dolce) refers to a sound that is similar to the English ch (as in chip).

Hard C

Tuesday April 22, 2014

In Italian the term hard C (C dura) refers to a sound that's similar to [k] in English. Examples include: caro, chiacchierare, and quadrato.

Holy Wine

Tuesday April 22, 2014

That would be vin santo...or is it vino santo? The answer depends on the time of year and the type of grape. According to the blog Italian Grapevine, vin santo is the more familiar dessert wine often served with cantucci. Vino santo, on the other hand, is made from a different grape and produced only during la Settimana Santa (Holy Week).

In any case, both are heavenly to drink.

Trigramma

Sunday April 13, 2014

In Italian linguistics the term trigramma (trigraph) refers to a group of three letters indicating a unique sound. Examples include the combinations sci before the vowels -a, -e, -o, and -u (as in the words sceneggiato, scimmia, scivolo); and gli before a vowel (as in the words paglia, moglie, aglio).

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