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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
Learn Language Online: French Links of the Week 8/21/2015
Bon weekend! To kick off your French-learning fun, here are the best and most interesting Francophile links from around the web. 3 Fun and Common French Idioms With Animals - Camille Chevalier-Karfis Idioms in other languages are endlessly intriguing, and these three French expressions are no exception. What do you think "les poules aurant des dents" (the hens have teeth) could mean? 6 Tips on How to Read in French Like a Boss - Frédéric Bibard Learning to read in a second langua
How Many Spanish Speakers Are in Your State?
Spanish is quickly becoming a prominent language in the US -- in fact, it's estimated that there are now more than 54 million Spanish language speakers throughout the country, accounting for almost 20% of the entire US population! These stats alone are a compelling reason to learn Spanish as a second language. But it's also interesting to look at how the language has grown over the years. The infographic below, put together by Day Translations (with data from the US census, Pew Research Cente
Ultimate Traveler’s Guide to Italian Customs and Etiquette: 30 Things You Need to Know
Are you planning a trip to Italy? Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, it’s important to be well prepared. And we're not just talking about making sure you have your passport and an extra pair of comfy shoes. Besides learning how to speak Italian, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with Italian customs and etiquette. After all, you don’t want to unknowingly offend anyone or get yourself into a sticky situation. Every country, including Italy, has its fair share of u
35 Spanish Slang Words and Phrases You Should Know
Want to add some Spanish slang to your vocabulary? Every country has its own unique usage of slang, and each generation invents new slang words. So if you're learning Spanish “by the book,” you may find it difficult when you try to communicate with native speakers in casual settings. Just like you learned your native tongue, native Spanish speakers learned formal Spanish in school and the more conversational aspects of the language outside of the classroom. Here, we'll discuss commo

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