They say the way into a man’s heart is through his stomach… but I think the stomach provides a useful way into learning a language as well…
Even before you could say your name in Italian, I’m sure you could recognize and use words like cappuccino, spaghetti, lasagna and others. How is this so? You saw the words used in context repeatedly, and when you ate them, they were delicious, causing you to want to order them again… in short, you had a good reason to learn and incorporate otherwise “foreign” words!
It has been shown that vocabulary is more easily assimilated when it is shown in context and when that context provokes an emotional response, so with that in mind… I created the ITALIAN: Food Picture Dictionary series! It has food vocabulary and related expressions with images and examples as well as cultural tidbits and advice so you can put everything in context. When possible, I tried to find humorous examples and expressions, as well as interesting photos that hopefully provoke a sense of nostalgia for Il bel paese (the beautiful country— Italy’s nickname)
Hopefully, they whet your appetite, and get you thinking about Italian food vocabulary (and related expressions) in your day to day life.
Since I had the first taste of the Italian language in the fifth grade (which is just as tasty as Italian food, I promise), I’ve had the desire to travel the world and meet people to whom words like “piacere” and “bellissima” are commonplace and ordinary. I don’t think it dawned on me in such literal terms, but the idea was always there that if they knew a whole set of words I had never heard before, there might be a few other things they could show me as well. It turned out to be true— I love the Italian language and culture and in particular the emphasis on family, art and the simple pleasures in life. I travel to Italy whenever I get the chance, but more than that, I learned how to surround myself with Italian, even at home, and use those skills and resources to teach myself Italian that I am then able to put into practice in Italy. It's my hope and wish that I can show you how to do the same and open up the beautiful world of Italy and the Italian people to you! I hope to create a real community of Italophiles, and I invite you to comment and share your stories, or even just say "Ciao!"
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