-orre Verbs

Italian -orre verbsItalian has about 20 verbs with an irregular infinitive that ends in -orre, a contraction of the original infinitive ending -onere. Many conjugations for these verbs are based on that original infinitive.


Dishes and Silverware

Italian dishes and silverware
When it’s your turn to set the table, you definitely need to know the difference between un coltello and un cucchiao. Check out this lesson to learn the Italian names for a variety of dishes, silverware, and pots and pans.


Past Participle

Italian past participleThe past participle is essential in the creation of compound verb tenses/moods and the passive voice, and it can also be used as an adjective.


New Year

Italian New Year's vocabulary
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are holidays in much of the world – here’s the Italian vocabulary you need to celebrate on December 31 and January 1st. Buon anno!


Italian Christmas vocabulary
Christmas is celebrated in many countries around the world, though the exact traditions and foods vary greatly. To help you celebrate, wherever you may be, here are some general Italian Christmas terms. Buon Natale!

Weights and Measures

Italian weights and measures
Like most of the world, Italians use the metric system for weights and measures. Here are the main units as well as a converter so you can find out the Imperial equivalents.





Italian Hanukkah vocabulary
The Jewish festival of Hanukkah lasts for eight days sometime between late November and the end of each year. The dates vary because they are not based on the Gregorian calendar, aka solar calendar. Hanukkah begins on the 25th of Kislev, the ninth month in the Hebrew calendar.


Italian Thanksgiving vocabulary
Thanksgiving is an American holiday, but there’s no reason you can’t talk about it in Italian – once you learn the relevant vocabulary with this lesson.