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Help me figure out the origin of this Italian-American slang word

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 - 29 answers

Prep for Jure Sanguinis -> Help me find a great Italian textbook

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? Thank you.
posted by NYC-BB on May 27, 2013 - 3 answers

Recommend Italian podcasts for a learner.

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 - 2 answers

Tips for learning advanced vocabulary and grammar in a foreign language?

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 - 15 answers

Meaningful phrases, in Italian, to express a fond farewell.

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 - 5 answers

Can you recommend passages to memorize?

Can you recommend passages I can memorize in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Russian? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Mar 15, 2012 - 12 answers

What does the Italian word "coo-ka-looch" mean?

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 - 6 answers

Me no speak italiano

What are the best Italian reference resources to have on hand? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Jan 11, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking for a specific Italian word

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 - 6 answers


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 - 5 answers

Parlare a me

Suggestions for Spanish and Italian language tapes/CDs for business people? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Oct 31, 2007 - 4 answers

ItalianFilter: what does "Si fa'icche si vole" mean..?

So, how does the Italian phrase "Si fa'icche si vole" translate into English..? [more inside]
posted by angry.polymath on Jul 5, 2007 - 7 answers

Dante/Italian filter: Nuova or Nova?

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 - 8 answers

Ideas on learning conversational Italian quickly?

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 - 8 answers

Where to learn Italian in the Bay Area

What's the best places to learn Italian in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by scrim on Dec 30, 2006 - 5 answers

Because I don't believe in seances

Help me figure out what my Italian Nonna was calling me all those years. [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Oct 29, 2006 - 6 answers

Italian: "Lui sta andando" vs "Lui va"?

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 - 16 answers

Get me out of language limbo

Learning Italian in the Boston Area [more inside]
posted by ThePants on Jun 26, 2006 - 7 answers

Picture-based flashcards for language learning

Are there any websites that will help me make picture-based flashcards for language learning? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose on Jun 5, 2006 - 6 answers

Italian Language Learning Videos?

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 - 1 answer

Italian Style/Usage Dictionary? (No English)

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 - 6 answers

Italian flashcards, on heavy rotation !

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 - 2 answers

Italian or French?

Should I take a course in Italian, or in French? [more inside]
posted by tepidmonkey on Apr 21, 2005 - 43 answers

Instructional materials for Italian

Instructional materials for Italian My new favorite bits of culture -- Calvino, Antonioni, 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 - 6 answers

I want to learn Italian.

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 - 9 answers

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