6 things you didn’t know about St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick's Day

Every year on 17 March, the Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. What started as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland is now an international festival celebrating Irish culture, filled with festive food and traditions. Coming back to the origin The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over […]

6 hand gestures in different cultures (& what they mean)

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Hand gestures are a great way of reinforcing what you’re saying. But caution: They can mean different things in different cultures. Here are 6 hand gestures – and what they mean – in different countries and cultures: 1. Thumbs up This widely recognised sign of approval or agreement is actually used as an insult in […]

Italian dialects and languages: a guide

“A language is a dialect with an army and navy.”— Max Weinreich, sociolinguist and Yiddish scholar Did you know that Italy is incredibly rich in terms of dialects and languages? You may be wondering what the difference between a language and a dialect is. Well, a dialect is a variety of a language that people […]

What’s it like inside the mind of a bilingual?

If you grew up with family members talking to you in different languages, chances are you’re bilingual. In my case, my British mother moved to Italy in her early 20s, and fell in love with my Italian father. They moved to Rome, where they had me… As I was growing up my parents spoke to […]