As you probably already know, the Italian language has two genders, maschile (masculin) and femminile (feminine), but is this rule always observed? If we look at Italian job titles, it is not always so.
A male doctor is a dottore, a female doctor is a dottoressa; but a female lawyer is an avvocato, like her male counterpart, and not an avvocatessa; the same holds for presidente, which is used for both female and male presidents. As you can see from these examples, not always is there in Italian a specific feminine noun to define some professions.
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Italians speak one language. No, actually, they speak thousands of them. I will tell you more: Italian is a newborn baby compared to the thousands of languages spoken in this country.
Let’s start from the beginning: let’s go back to 1861, when Italy was finally born, later than other European countries. The Regno d’Italia (Italian Kingdom) had just been formed, but what about the language?
“Fatta l’Italia, facciamo gli Italiani” (“We’ve made Italy. Let’s make the Italian people!”) This is what Italian writer and politician Massimo d’Azeglio rightly said. A unified country needed a unique language.
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Italian lesson is a classic sketch from Monty Python in which an English speaking teacher teaches Italian to Italians. Continue reading Monty Python: Italian Lesson
“Vuoi imparare l’italiano?”
There are those that want to learn English, those that are fascinated by the French charm, and those who, instead, learn the language of the “dolce vita”. The status of Italian as a foreign language is definitely worth my first post on Fair Languages. Why do people decide to learn Italian?
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Today, I want to share a great and free learning resource for language learners and teachers with all of you who like the Grimm’s fairy tales: Grimm Stories. Well, if we talk German fairy tales you have to know that they’re not very Disney-like, so not pretty and nice and innocent. Old German (fairy) tales are rather bloody or gory and they usually describe the social situation of a certain class of population at that time.
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Pimsleur answered the old question What Languages do Americans learn? with an interactive infographic that shows the top 2 languages for each state. Continue reading What Languages do Americans learn? Spanish and French!