CURIOSITIES

CURIOSITIES

TO BE LIKE “CHEESE ON MACARONI”?

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SAYINGS AND ITALIANITY

When it rains heavily, cats and dogs are falling from the sky in English (Raining cats and dogs).

In German, thumbs are pressed to wish good luck (Daumen drücken).

In France, on the other hand, you should turn your tongue seven times before speaking (Il faut tourner sept fois sa langue dans sa bouche avant de parler).

These expressions might not make sense to foreigners, but are in fact just typical expressions of each language.

In “Bel Paese” dogs and cats will never fall down from the sky when it rains, but the rain is “a catinelle” (as if someone would pour water from the sky).

You cross your fingers to wish good luck (without pressing your thumbs) and count up to 10 before speaking (without turning your tongue like French people).

Each language has its own idioms, fascinating linguistic expressions that represent a unique combination of history, culture and tradition.

In fact, the past of a people hides in every word, every phrase, and every idiomatic expression.

To better understand idioms in Italian language, we met Ester, an Italian teacher at “con ester Vivitalia” in Nuremberg. Read More

MIMOSA, SYMBOL OF THE WOMEN’S DAY IN ITALY

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In the Bel Paese, one day a year, the towns and villages are filled with the scent and flowers of the mimosa, giving a touch of sun, energy and joy.

Everywhere you can see mimosas. The husbands give them to their wives, the fiancés to their beloved, brothers to their sisters, to their friends, to their colleagues.

Yellow bouquets fill vases and shop windows shine with the colors of this flower, king of spring. Read More

GUBBIO, CITY OF MADMEN

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Gubbio, Perugia, Umbria

IN THE HEART OF ITALY

Gubbio is a delightful town. It is located in the heart of Italy, on the slopes of Mount Ingino.

It is one of the oldest medieval cities in Umbria, as evidenced by the Tavole di Gubbio, also called Tavole Eugubine.

These seven bronze tablets from the XVV century are written in the Umbrian language.

They contain information about the uses and customs of this beautiful city. Read More