Complex Sounds

S impuraIn Italian, consonants can be divided into pure and impure sounds (or simple and complex sounds). While both types can occur anywhere in a word, they only really matter, grammatically speaking, at the beginning of masculine nouns.

Saga Baldoria – Read my review

Italian lessons with Saga BaldoriaLearn Italian while following the adventures of Anna Baldoria as she is forced to choose between her promising medical career in Milan and her grandmother’s hotel in Rome. The humorous videos and comics are suitable for post-beginners aged 15 and up, and include a variety of accents as well as slang.


Avere Expressions

Expressions with avereAvere literally means "to have" and is used in a number of idiomatic expressions. Learn how to be oblivious, have your hands tied, hold a grudge, and more with this list of expressions with avere.


Italian food
Food is a necessity, and can also be a source of great pleasure. Being able to talk about Italian food will come in handy while shopping, dining, traveling, and entertaining friends, so check out this vocab list for Italian food, including the basic food groups and related verbs. Buon appetito!


Passato prossimo

Passato prossimoThe passato prossimo is the most important Italian past tense, and just to make things interesting, it has three possible English equivalents.



Italian weather
Understanding Italian weather terms is useful for deciding what to wear, planning what to do, and, of course, making small talk.


Evaluative Adverbs

Italian evaluative adverbsEvaluative adverbs, also known as commenting adverbs or avverbi di valutazione, express some measure of agreement or doubt on the part of the speaker.

Definite Article

Italian definite articlesThe Italian definite article (il, lo, la, i, gli, le) indicates either a particular noun or, contrarily, the general sense of a noun.


Demonstrative Pronouns

Italian demonstrative pronounsDemonstrative pronouns (this one, that one, the one[s], these, those) refer to a previously-mentioned noun in a sentence. Italian demonstrative pronouns are more complicated than their English counterparts, because there are two different sets and because they must agree in gender and number with the noun they replace.



Italian fractions
In both Italian and English, there’s a lot of overlap between fractions and ordinals: the vast majority of these two types of numbers share the same word.