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Why Is Tuesday Fat?

Did you know that in Italy some days can be fat? In fact Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday have this privilege! But this happens only during Carnival, that time of the year when anything goes. Carnival officially starts in January and lasts till the end of February, but it varies every year, since this celebration follows […]

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The translation of the word “child” In Italian is “bambino”. Often, people will use a different word: “pupo”. It is a more affectionate way of calling a child, perhaps a younger one, like a toddler. This is different from a baby that in Italian is called with the French word “bebe’ ” and also with […]

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Italians like to give chocolate eggs as Easter gifts. The eggs are hollow and contain a small surprise inside. The surprise can be a little toy for a child or a piece of jewelry for a loved one. Pastry shops make custom eggs to order, so people can have names and sugar decorations applied to […]

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Get to know what kind of traditions Italians celebrate in the month of December and learn a few new words in Italian. On December 1st, Italian children start a brand new Advent Calendar (Calendario dell’Avvento). This is a one page calendar with 24 little windows. The children open one window each day, starting on December […]

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If you live in the Washington DC area and are looking for Italian associations, language schools or places where you can meet Italians or Italian speaking people, the following links can help you in your search: Italian Cultural Institute in Washington:  http://www.iicwashington.esteri.it/IIC_Washington Italian Cultural Society of Washington, D.C. : http://www.italianculturalsociety.org/history.html Italian meet up of Washington, […]

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Did you know that just an hour a week of foreign language gives an important grounding in the language which allows leads to conversation? If you like the idea of your children learning Italian, you will be happy to know that the Italian Cultural Society of Sacramento brings Italian language to the many children who do not […]

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In the heart of Rosebank (Staten Island, NY) is the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, located in the historic home of the inventor, Antonio Meucci. Meucci was a prolific Italian inventor, engineer, and practical chemist who is most known for developing a voice communication apparatus, precursor of the telephone, in 1857.   Today the house is a museum […]

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If you live in the Northern New Jersey area, you should check out this interesting organization: D’Italia Programs, a community based not for profit organization dedicated to Italian American Culture. Within the D’Italia programs you will find: The Coro d’Italia singing and dancing Ensemble established in  1932. The Scuola d’Italia (Italian School) offering  culture and language […]

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In Italian, idioms (figures of speech) are called “espressioni idiomatiche”. They can be tricky and hard to understand, because when you translate an idiom, you don’t get its real meaning, but only the meaning of the words it is made of. That is why, for those interested in understanding the Italian language and culture, it […]

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How children play in Italy

Young Italian children play a game that is very similar to the one known as “Ring-a-Ring-o’-Roses”. It is called Girotondo. How to play: The children make a ring by holding hands and walking in a circle while chanting a short rhyme. At the end of the song they throw themselves down onto the ground and […]

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