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Michael San Filippo

Updated Articles and Resources

By Michael San Filippo

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • How to Say "Where Were You Born"| Basic Italian Video Created: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Asking, "Where were you born?" in Italian is easy!
    • Laura Giromini | About Me Video Created: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Meet Laura Giromini, host of About.com's "Basic Italian" language series.
    • Neologisms in Italian Created: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Italian neologisms (newly coined terms, words, or phrases) are either words taken from a foreign language or words derived from words that already exist in Italian.
    • Top 10 Italian Pronunciation Mistakes and Difficulties Created: Saturday, September 04, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      The top 10 pronunciation errors in Italian.
    • Hard C in Italian Created: Sunday, April 13, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      In Italian the term hard C (C dura) refers to a sound that's technically known as a voiceless velar stop.
    • Soft C in Italian Created: Sunday, April 13, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      In Italian the term soft C (C dolce) refers to a sound that's technically known as a voiceless postalveolar affricate.
    • Mangia! Mangia! Created: Monday, October 31, 2011 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      In Italian, there are a multitude of proverbs and terms that use the verb mangiare (to eat).
    • Levels and Varieties of the Italian Lexicon Created: Monday, October 21, 2013 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      Levels and varieties of the Italian lexicon.
    • Phonotactic Doubling in Italian Created: Saturday, May 31, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      In Italian, phonotactic doubling refers to the "doubling" that takes place when pronouncing the initial consonant of a word linked to the previous one.
    • Lexicalization and Grammaticalization in Italian Created: Monday, October 21, 2013 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      In Italian lexicalization is the process of adding items to a language's lexicon, while grammaticalization changes a content word into a function word or a grammatical affix.
    • Italian Personal Subject Pronouns Created: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      italian personal subject pronouns include io, noi, tu, and voi.
    • Italian Demonstrative Pronouns Created: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      Italian demonstrative pronouns (pronomi dimostrativi) indicate the position relative to the speaker, listener, or both.
    • Italian Reflexive Pronouns Created: Thursday, May 13, 2010 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      Understanding Italian reflexive pronouns (pronomi riflessivi), including usage and examples. Includes workbook exercises on Italian reflexive pronouns with answer key.
    • The Color of (Italian) Money Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      Italian sayings about money
    • Italian Indefinite Pronouns Created: Thursday, June 09, 2011 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      Italian indefinite pronouns (pronomi indefiniti) refer in general (rather than specific) terms to persons, places, or things without specifying the noun that they replace.
    • Word Formation in Italian Created: Thursday, February 28, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      Word formation in Italian includes coining compound nouns as well as the use of suffixes and prefixes to create new words.
    • Hard G in Italian Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      In Italian the term hard G (G dura) refers to a sound that's technically known as a voiceless velar stop.
    • Formation of Italian Plural Nouns Ending in -CO and -GO Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Forming the plurals of Italian words ending in -co and -go can be a challenge.
    • Forgotten Italian Subject Pronouns Created: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Usually one of the first Italian language lessons that beginners study is Italian subject pronouns (pronomi personali soggetto). Too often, though, there's a whole subset of Italian subject pronouns that's given scant attention, including egli, ella, esso, essa, essi, and esse.
    • Italian Interjections Created: Sunday, March 27, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      A list of common Italian interjections and their meanings in English.
    • Italian Elision Created: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      In Italian elision is the omission of an unstressed final vowel of a word before the initial vowel of the next word.
    • Italian Accent Marks Created: Sunday, January 25, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Italian accent marks include the accento acuto (acute accent), the accento grave (grave accent), the circonflesso (circumflex), and the dieresi (diaresis).
    • Italian Indefinite Article Forms Created: Saturday, November 03, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      The Italian indefinite article takes a few different forms depending on the noun it precedes.
    • Italian Capitalization Created: Sunday, October 18, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Many words that are capitalized in English are not capitalized in Italian. These include: the days of the week, the months of the year, proper adjectives, a few proper nouns, and titles such as Mr., Mrs., and Miss.
    • La D Eufonica Created: Monday, September 15, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      In the Italian language la d eufonica is an euphonic phenomenon, in both spoken and written Italian, in which the letter d is appended to the words a, e, and o when the following word begins with a vowel.
    • Italian By The Numbers Created: Friday, January 11, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      If you travel to Italy and don't speak Italian, it seems as if everyone is speaking Italian! But in fact, there are several different languages spoken in Italy, as well as a number of dialects.
    • Italian Parts of Speech Created: Monday, August 02, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      For many Italian language speakers—even for those whom Italian is their madrelingua—the phrase 'parti del discorso' might seem foreign. English speakers know the concept as 'parts of speech,' but it's probably a term vaguely remembered from grade school grammar. By tradition, grammarians recognize nine parts of speech in Italian.
    • Most Common Italian Words Created: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      What are the 100 most commonly used Italian words? It's a frequently asked question, usually under the assumption that learning those words first will enable one to begin conversing more quickly in Italian.
    • Italian Tattoos Are Forever (That's Per Sempre!) Created: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      If you're thinking about getting an Italian tattoo, one thing to consider is context. A trendy phrase in English might not mean anything in Italian.
    • 100 Ways to Say 'I Love You' in Italian Created: Sunday, July 18, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Here's how to express your love, lust, like, or feigned interest to that certain someone, or how to tell your parents, family members, or friends 'I love you' in Italian.
    • Italian Soccer Terms Created: Saturday, April 23, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      In Italy, soccer matches range from the Coppa del Mondo (World Cup) to Serie A, from international friendlies to the friendly pick-up game.
    • Formation of Italian Plural Nouns Ending in -CIA and -GIA Created: Saturday, June 21, 2014 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      In Italian, the correct spelling of feminine plural nouns ending in-cia and -gia can be perplexing.

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