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15 Strange Italian Traditions and Superstitions Explained

15 Strange Italian Traditions and Superstitions Explained

Did you know that in Brazil its bad luck to let your wallet or purse hit the floor, as it means you’ll lose money? Or that in France it’s actually good luck to step in dog poop with your left foot? Like many countries, Italy has its fair share of wacky traditions and superstitions. In fact, Italy is said to be one of the most superstitious countries in the world. Below, we explore the 15 strangest Italian traditions and superstitions. Review this list before traveling to Italy to make … Read More

15 Strange Italian Traditions and Superstitions Explained
Did you know that in Brazil its bad luck to let your wallet or purse hit the floor, as it means you’ll lose money? Or that in France it’s actually good luck to step in dog poop with your left foot? Like many countries, Italy has its fair share of wacky traditions and superstitions. In fact, Italy is said to be one of the most superstitious countries in the world. Below, we explore the 15 strangest Italian traditions and superstitions. Review this list before traveling to Italy to make
The Korean Future Tense Part 4: The Future Presumptive
In part four of our four-part Korean grammar series on describing the future in Korean, language teacher Bryce J. explains how to use the future-presumptive tense in Korean.  Before you learn about the future-presumptive tense, make sure you review the other future tenses in Korean: The Korean Future Tense Part 1: The Probable Future The Korean Future Tense Part 2: Definite Future The Korean Future Tense Part 3: Immediate Future The Future Presumptive Many people falsely assum
Top 5 Italian Travel Blogs to Read Before You Visit Abroad
Have you been taking Italian language lessons for your upcoming trip to Italy? While it’s important to familiarize yourself with useful Italian phrases, it’s just as equally important to brush up on Italian culture. After all, understanding both the language and culture will make your trip even more enjoyable. Luckily, there are hundreds of blogs that dish out helpful travel, language, and cultural tidbits no travel book would reveal from where to find the best pizza to the proper Italian
French Vocabulary: 5 False Cognates to Watch Out For
Cognates are words that sound similar and can mean the same thing across different languages. However, in French, there are some tricky cognates that don't mean what you might think they mean. French tutor Carol Beth L. shares five common French false cognates... Due to their similar roots, French and English share some vocabulary and grammar. La table is table, la geographie is geography, and un film is a film – otherwise known as a movie. Similar word pairs between two languages are known a
Guest Podcast: One Thing In A French Day
You know the best way to learn French is to practice every day, but where should you start? One of our favorite ways to study any language is listening to podcasts! Not only do you get the benefit of hearing spoken French, podcasts also contain interesting tidbits of vocabulary and culture you might not get in a textbook. And besides that, podcasts are simply fun. One of our favorite French podcasts is One Thing In A French Day, a podcast that chronicles one woman's life in France and

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