After you get to know a particular language just enough it becomes obvious that the way it is spoken by native speakers is different from what you have been taught. Most astonishingly, people use words that you never saw in dictionaries and they use those words a lot! Every well developed language has slang, and Italian is no exception. This Streetwise Italian dictionary/thesaurus will help you master many slang and idiomatic expressions. Many examples are provided.

If you wonder why you should buy this book instead of using some list of Italian slang terms, the answer is pretty straightforward. Once you learn the more colorful ways to say something in a foreign language using them becomes very tempting. This is a sure way to get yourself into embarrassing and even dangerous situations. Of course, my advice is not to use slang at all, if possible. It is already very cool that you actually understand it! But if you must use it, this book takes necessary steps to explain what is appropriate and when.

See also: Italian words in English. A definitive list.

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La Bella Vita: Live and Love the Italian Way by Leigh Aminda and Pietro Pesce is a definitive guide to the Italian life style.

I am not entirely sure about the difference between la bella vita and la dolce vita. People outside of Italy seem to think that every one in that country has a carefree life (la dolce vita proper). I’m sure that’s the goal, anyway. But perhaps la bella vita is doing la dolce vita right? Whatever it is, the book has “chapters covering each of the five senses: vista (sight), udito (hearing), tatto (touch), olfatto (smell), and gusto (taste).”

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First Italian printed book

September 10, 2011

De Re Militari, published by Robertus Valturius (Roberto Valturio) was the first Italian book printed by a native publisher. As the title indicates, the subject matter is warfare. This folio edition appeared in 1472 and already represented a fairly high level of quality achieved by Italians in the new craft. Some extant copies of the […]

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