I'm trying to figure out the origin of a particular Italian slang word my family uses that means "gaudy, tacky or overdone". [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy
on Feb 1, 2014 -
Preparing for Jure Sanguinis and trying to brush up on my non-existent Italian. I haven't had much luck with various websites and apps (FSI is an exception), can't afford Rosetta Stone, and can't leave work long enough for an immersion course.
I've found that I do well with language textbooks in that I get a better sense of the grammar and they allow for rote memorization of words and phrases.
With that in mind, can anyone recommend a good textbook (or system, or correspondence course) for learning Italian at home?
posted by NYC-BB
on May 27, 2013 -
I need to improve my comprehension of spoken Italian, and I'm looking for free podcasts in Italian (as opposed to recorded language lessons) which can help me do this. [more inside]
posted by pont
on Mar 15, 2013 -
What are your tips and techniques for learning advanced vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language? [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Feb 26, 2013 -
What are some phrases in Italian that convey "goodbye" in a not-so-casual, but rather sentimental if not hopeful way? [more inside]
posted by chloe.gelsomino
on Sep 20, 2012 -
Can you recommend passages I can memorize in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian? [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Mar 15, 2012 -
Can someone tell me what this Italian term of endearment means? It phonetically is pronounced "coo-ka-looch" [more inside]
posted by jModug
on Jun 24, 2011 -
An Italian friend of mine once taught me a word that means, essentially,
"being lazy in a way that actually creates more effort for yourself in the long run." Since this so often applies to me, I really want to know what this word is again.
posted by zachawry
on May 8, 2010 -
Can you please help me translate this phrase: cominciâ a butâ da bande, ce che ho ai dentri e nol è gno
Thank you very much!
posted by LittleMissItneg
on Nov 23, 2009 -
Looking for a quick and simple explanation as to the difference between "La Vita Nuova" (with a u)
, and "La Vita Nova". [more inside]
posted by Nugget
on Jun 25, 2007 -
I am heading to Italy in March, What is the best way to learn some conversational Italian quickly? [more inside]
posted by OzMoges
on Jan 1, 2007 -
ItalianFilter: So I'm studying Italian via Rosetta Stone, and I'm noticing a huge emphasis on stare
+ a gerund (like andando, tirando, spingendo, etc). How common is this in written or spoken Italian, and what is the difference between it and plain present tense?
Also, I've never seen Rosetta use 'ed' in place of 'e' when it precedes a word starting with a vowel ("Un bambino e una bambina" vs "Un bambino ed una bambina"). Are there rules for "ed"? Is it basically optional, but something people use in speech?
posted by sirion
on Aug 1, 2006 -
Are there any websites that will help me make picture-based flashcards for language learning? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose
on Jun 5, 2006 -
Are there Italian language learning videos like Fokus Deutsch or French in Action? If not, are there any really easy to understand videos in Italian anyone could recommend? [more inside]
posted by sirion
on May 26, 2006 -
DictionaryFilter: Looking for a good Italian-Italian style/usage dictionary, ideally just like the Duden #3 Stilwoerterbuch for German (Italian examples, simple words, covers questions of usage more than definitions) [more inside]
posted by sdis
on May 1, 2006 -
I'm embarking on an intense italian vocabulary learning routine, and I need some advice on how to maximize my effort using lexicons and flashcard software. [più dentro] [more inside]
posted by Oneirokritikos
on Dec 29, 2005 -
Instructional materials for Italian
My new favorite bits of culture -- Calvino
, and Fellini
-- are making me want to learn Italian. Now, I've studied French for a while, I've had a year of Portuguese, and I'm a linguistics major, so I don't need (much) hand-holding. I.e., I'm looking for (a) textbook(s) with the usual exercises, gradual introduction of vocab, and short readings, all without trying to make the explainations "easier" and therefore less straightforward and complete.
posted by Utilitaritron
on Feb 21, 2005 -
After recently getting the opera and pop-era bug and finding that I can sound half-decent singing it, I really want to learn Italian so I don't have to phonetically remember the lyrcis of the likes of "O sole mio". Any resources to help me do this cheap (on the Web preferably)? $100 or less?
posted by madman
on Nov 9, 2004 -