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Nel blu dipinto di blu, also known as Volare, is a 1958 song written by Franco Migliacci and Domenico Modugno and from the latter originally interpreted. Volare, is one of the most famous Italian songs, known and sung all over the world. In Italy it turned out to be the best-selling single in 1958. In the United States it was […]

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A few masculine Italian nouns, that have the ending in ‘-o’, during the passage from the Latin language to what we today call “Italiano standard”, has preserved the original latin ending in ‘-a’ (used generally for feminine nouns) and at the same time they got the regular ending in ‘-i’. These names are called “sostantivi sovrabbondanti” or nouns with “plurali doppi”. […]

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Sofia: “Me lo dovevate dire subito come la pensavate” Marcello: “Eh?” Sofia: “Me lo dovevate dire subito come la pensavate!” Marcello: “Su che?” Sofia: “Su gli albi di fotografie” Marcello: “E cosa cambiava?” Sofia: “Cambiava, che non vi facevo entrare in casa mia, ecco che cambiava!” Marcello: “Ma di che ha paura, lei è così sicura delle sue idee” Sofia: […]

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Relative pronouns replace a name, as all pronouns do, and also relate the two prepositions, regent and relative, linking them in a single sentence. The most important italian relative pronoun is che. Che is invariable, that is, it never changes: it is used for the masculine and for the feminine, both in the singular and in the plural. Singular masculine  […]

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Italian is probably one of the most complicated and challenging languages to learn, but without any doubt also one of the most musical and fascinating. Thousands of foreigners decide each year, because of their love for the “Belpaese”, to approach this magnificent language. The results, however, are not always brilliant, mostly during the first ‘imprinting’. Let’s see together which are […]

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