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I lived and taught Italian in the USA for the last 20 years but moved to Bellevue (Seattle) 15 months ago and I am still appalled at the lack of interest for Italy and my beautiful language and culture in this part of the Country! I understand we are closer to Asia than Europe  but beside a good 70% of Asian heritage population who obviously are closer to their own heritage and culture,... read more

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When I was studying abroad in Italy, I was primarily studying art history. I went so that I could see the art that I had been enamored with and inspired by in person. I had no experience speaking Italian, though. Part of my requirement was to take Italian. No biggie, right? I figured I'd learn the basics and enjoy my semester going to to museums. And, everyone told me that a lot of English... read more

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I speak Italian, and sometimes I send messages to friend and family in Italy, using email, Skype, or Facebook.   In Word, there are several ways to insert the accents and symbols used in other languages.  These include using Insert > Symbol, looking up the extended ASCII number for the accented character and typing on the numeric keyboard while holding the Alt key.  However,... read more

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I recently got a tip about this language-learning app from Duolingo and have been test-driving it on my iPhone for a few days in Spanish, a language I've never formally studied. And I like it, quite a bit in fact. As an ESL and German teacher of many years, and someone who has dabbled in a variety of other languages, I put a lot of thought and study into the process of learning language. Duolingo... read more

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Greetings! Today's post is about learning styles. One of the most important things that helps teachers provide better instruction is the knowledge of a student’s learning style. My belief is based upon the teachings of noted educational theorist, Dr. Howard Gardner. Dr. Gardner posits that there are “multiple intelligences,” that define our individual learning styles and complement each... read more

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Greetings! Today's post is about romance languages. I love languages; more specifically, I love the languages in which there is a SVO (subject-verb-object configuration) and I love languages that have a lot of Latin (much of which is derived from Greek) cognates.*In short, I love the languages that were promulgated and dispersed by the many Roman conquests. In many of these languages, the... read more

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Is Social Media a new thing or are we just reinventing ourselves? We are living in a new era similar to the Renaissance where ideas, creativity, opinions and news are shared through circles of friends, creating intellectual networks and connecting and sharing with others in distant lands, just a little faster these days. “Just as we create user names for our profiles on Facebook and Twitter... read more

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I have found reading to be the best way to build vocabulary when learning a foreign language. It amazes me how many words I still remember from all the books I read in Spanish and French when I was in college and grad school. No doubt it's because I learned the words in context and didn't just memorize them from a list. But be careful not to pick a book that's too far above your reading comprehension... read more

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Well, students, here I am! I am fresh from Wichita, KS and awaiting tutoring opportunities in the Seattle, WA area. Just to get the ball rolling, I will create weekly blogs that include little snippets of knowledge relating to foreign languages. Here's this week's: a good quote in several languages... (Quote form brainyquote.com) "Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least... read more

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Hi. I'd like to take this first section of this blog to introduce myself. My name is Stephanie, and I've recently joined this site in the past week. I stumbled upon this website job hunting when I finished my undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut and I was immediately impressed with the quality and professionalism in finding students to tutor. I've always been good with kids,... read more

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Greeting people is an important part of the Italian culture! Here are a few basic greetings in Italian The way Italians really say it! Ciao come stai? hi how are you (informal) Come va? How is it going? Che cosa fai di bello? what's new? (literally what are you doing that's nice or beautiful) Si tira avanti. (not too bad). Literally: Pushing forward Non c'e male. Not bad Che... read more

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I'd like to say thank you to the WyzAnt family for allowing it to happen, and, at the same time, introduce you to a great student, very much interested in the Italian language and culture. Her name is Faye of New York City, New York. She was particularly interested in the "intricacies of the Italian language", as she put it, for an eventual sojourn in Italy. In fact, Faye is... read more

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On June 2, 1989, my life changed forever. A brand new world was brought to my attention. I moved into the main land of the United States. I am Puerto Rican, meaning natural born American, but was raised on the island of Puerto Rico. Don't get me wrong, I have always been more fourtunate than most people with my condition. You see, I have a condition called Spina Bifida. I guess it would... read more

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