Category Archives: La Gente

Giorgio Perlasca: An Italian Hero for Hungary

Giorgio Perlasca was one of Europe’s great unsung heroes.  He saved thousands of Jews from the Nazi gas chambers through his bravery, cunning, charm, and persistence.  And he risked his own life at every turn in this story. Perlasca’s early … Continue reading

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Immigrazione?

Ho letto per la prima volta il seguente testo durante una lezione di italiano.  L’insegnante ha coperto gli ultimi due paragrafi e la citazione alla fine e poi ha chiesto agli studenti di indovinare di chi stava parlando l’autore.  Pensavo … Continue reading

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Immigration

I first read the following text in our Italian class.  The teacher covered up the last two paragraphs and the citation at the end and asked us to guess who the author was speaking about.  I thought the passage was … Continue reading

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Combattere lo spreco alimentare

Quando la first lady americana Michelle Obama e le sue figlie hanno cenato in un ristorante di Roma nel 2009, lo staff è rimasto scioccato quando lei ha chiesto una borsa per gli avanzi del cane.  Mentre questa è una … Continue reading

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Combatting Food Waste

When America’s First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters dined in a popular Rome restaurant in 2009, the staff was shocked when she asked for a doggy bag for the leftovers.  While this is a common practice in the United … Continue reading

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The Adventures of the Italian Letter “H”

(Adapted and translated from an article in Corriere della Sera.) In French, there is “heure” and in English there is “hour” and “heir.”  In these cases, the “h” is silent.  There are many words in English, like “help” and “horse,” … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Italian Surnames

Today there are more than 300,000 traditional surnames in Italy not counting new ones introduced through immigration.  A precise calculation is impossible because over time some become extinct and others are formed—often from transcription errors in the registry offices.  The … Continue reading

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