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La Famiglia: Useful Italian Phrases and Words for Family

La Famiglia: Useful Italian Phrases and Words for Family

Family plays a big role in the Italian culture. Below, Italian teacher Nadia B. shares some useful Italian phrases and words for describing family. Italians are all about la famiglia or family. In fact, it’s common for family members to gather for weekly dinners and multiple family members to live under the same roof or neighborhood. As you continue to learn the Italian language and culture, you’ll start to understand the importance of family. And soon you’ll be asked to describe your … Read More

La Famiglia: Useful Italian Phrases and Words for Family
Family plays a big role in the Italian culture. Below, Italian teacher Nadia B. shares some useful Italian phrases and words for describing family. Italians are all about la famiglia or family. In fact, it’s common for family members to gather for weekly dinners and multiple family members to live under the same roof or neighborhood. As you continue to learn the Italian language and culture, you’ll start to understand the importance of family. And soon you’ll be asked to describe your
15 Easy Ways to Practice Spanish Throughout the Day
Learning a new language shouldn't be limited to textbooks and coursework! Here, tutor Kaitlin W. shares her (easy) ideas for practicing Spanish throughout the day...    I don't come from a Spanish-speaking family, nor is my family from a country where Spanish is spoken. Yet every time I open my mouth to speak Spanish, I'm asked where I am from. I have a near-native accent that leaves little trace of my Anglo roots. I often make people guess what country I'm from, and I've heard
QUIZ: Which Japanese Animal Are You?
There are certain animals that are significant in Japanese culture and history. Some animals are feared because of their supernatural powers, while others are loved and trusted by the Japanese people. So whether you're taking Japanese lessons or you're just an animal lover, learn some vocabulary and find out if you're a friend or foe with this quiz!   Learn how to say more animals in Japanese with this infographic!   Interested in Private Lessons? Search thousands of
Italian Grammar: Exploring Cognates and False Cognates
Italian grammar can be a tough thing for beginners to master. Below, Italian teacher Giulio G. gives a brief lesson in recognizing Italian cognates and false cognates... Although English and Italian belong to two different language families, they have lexis similarities. In fact, it is estimated that around 30 percent of the English vocabulary comes from Romance and Latin sources. It's for this exact reason why it is possible to find many cognates--or words that sound or are spelled th
5 Common Problems Beginner Spanish Learners Face [Video]
Learning a new language can be tough. From new vocabulary to strange grammar rules, there's a lot of places beginners can stumble or get frustrated. Although Spanish is a relatively easy language to learn, it's not without obstacles. Many English speakers, in fact, run into the same hang-ups along the way. For example, conjugation rules take some time to get used to -- there's a reason most Spanish teachers include lots of Spanish conjugation practice in their classes! Repetition helps yo

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