Whether you're drawn to the melodious cadence of the language or have a passion for Italian culture, taking the plunge into learning Italian can be a rewarding adventure. At the Italian Language School of Singapore, we understand the excitement and challenges that come with starting a new language, and we're here to guide you through the process.
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Italy's national flag, with its iconic tricolor design, is more than just a symbol of the nation; it's a representation of Italy's rich history, unity, and cultural identity. Let's delve into the fascinating story behind the Italian flag – its colors, history, and the profound symbolism it carries.
Good pronunciation is an essential component of language learning, especially when it comes to speaking Italian. It not only helps learners to communicate more effectively with native speakers, but it also enhances their overall understanding and appreciation of the language.
Italian opera is a genre of vocal music that has its origins in the 18th century. Its origins can be traced back to the culture and society of the time, specifically the desire to create a national art form that represented Italy. The first example of Italian opera is considered to be “Dafne” by Jacopo Peri in 1598, but it was with Claudio Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” in 1607 that Italian opera began to develop as a distinct genre.
Italian Citizenship via Marriage and the Level B1 Language Test. We all know that in order to secure Italian citizenship you have to pass the examination minimum B1 Level and above. Many people are curious as to how do we prepare for these papers and do well from there? Well, here’s where we can help!
Between the beginning of the 15th century and the end of the 16th century, one of the most important artistic and intellectual movements in all of European history developed in Italy and Europe: the Renaissance. The latter, having its roots in Humanism, represents a complex and dynamic historical moment that effectively marked the transition between the Middle Ages and the Modern Era.
Even though pesto is one of the most well-known icons of Italian food worldwide, not everyone is familiar with the roots and traditions that, in 2018, led to this remarkable sauce being nominated as a UNESCO intangible heritage.
This famous quote synthetizes the whole period of Festivity Season, or Christmas Holidays – Feste di Natale e Nuovo Anno- for Italians. The holidays, which are public holidays for school students starting around from 23 December and ending on 8th January depending on the Italian region, include religious and lay festivities, like Christmas’ Eve (Vigilia di Natale) and Christmas (Natale) itself, Santo Stefano (Box Day), New Year’s Eve (San Silvestro, 31st December, or Vigilia di Capodanno), and New Year, or Capodanno (the Head/Start of the Year). A very happy period for Italian children, not going to school, and enjoying family, games, presents and food with their families!
Wine represents a very important but also an indispensable component in the Italian cultural and social tradition. Wine occupies a fortunate place in Italian gastronomy, no wonder, since long ago vines found here the ideal conditions and for this reason the Greeks called this territory “Enotria – Terra del Vino” (Enotria – Land of wine), a
sign that the vine and the production of wine were already well present in Italy since the times of Greek colonization.
In the heart of ancient Rome stands an architectural marvel that has withstood the test of time—the Colosseum. This iconic amphitheater embodies the grandeur and the brutality of a bygone era. Its history echoes with the cheers of spectators, the clashes of swords, and the valor of gladiators.
The names of the days of the week have ancient origins that stretch back through history. It all began with the Sumerians, who established the concept of time in months, based on the moon's full cycle around the Earth. The Babylonians took this concept and expanded it into weeks, with seven days each. But why seven days? The Babylonians noticed that seven days approximated the time between different moon phases and matched the number of visible planets in the sky known to humans at the time: the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, and the Sun.
As time flows on, we've always had the inclination to name its passing. We frequently use the names of months, but have you ever wondered about the meanings behind these names and the individuals who assigned them? Look no further than the Romans for the origins.
When one thinks of Italy, the initial mental images typically include pizza, pasta, a rich tapestry of art and culture, and, of course, the expressive manner in which Italians communicate. It's impossible to discuss the Italian language without acknowledging the intertwined culture of hand gestures that accompanies it.
Let's set the record straight from the beginning: the invention of pasta cannot be credited to the Chinese, and it did not find its way to Italians through Marco Polo. Instead, its origins can be traced back to Arab Sicily, from where it gradually spread throughout Italy, making notable stops in Naples and Genoa. This is the intriguing tale behind the dish that symbolizes Italian cuisine.