In two weeks will be February, the month of love and romance. Everybody knows that Valentine’s Day is celebrated worldwide on 14th February. Chocolates, greeting cards with cupidos, flowers and gifts, heart shaped goods are exchanged between lovers. Not too many know the origin
Bread, apart from being the staple food of Italian diet, has a very ancient history in the Bel Paese, which dates back to Roman times. Nutritious, fragrant and tasty, bread turns on the four senses and over the centuries has taken forms and types that have made it a fundamental food for our diet.
The origins of weekday names go way back to ancient times. The Sumerians were the first people to convert time in months, which is the amount of time the moon takes to complete a full cycle around the earth.
Dentists beware! Once the presents have been unwrapped, the turkey eaten and the new year rung in, a return to the surgery in January will almost certainly see the waiting room inundated with patients.
The festive season is of course one known for providing many a treat for those with a sweet tooth.
We can’t stop years pass by, but since time immemorial, we like to give names to mark it. We use the month names all the time, but do you know what their names mean? And who gives them names? The Romans, of course!
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While the Italian literary (then national language) and the dialect of the city of Florence and its surroundings went their own way, as they spoke in the rest of Tuscany?
There is no doubt that consumerism has pervaded (with greater or lesser intensity depending on the economic circumstances of the moment) the last 40 years of the last century and continues into the current one.
Here are ten Latin expressions Italians use in everyday life, but not only Italians.
We have already explained how the definition of “dialect”, as widespread in Italy, lends itself to numerous misunderstandings: in fact it confuses the strictly linguistic and the sociological level.