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What do Italians feel about learning English?

On April 19, 2016, Posted by , In Latest News, With 4 Comments

As my wife teaches English in Italy (amongst other things) I guess I am in a fortunate position to be able to get some fantastic feedback on exactly how Italians feel about learning English, particularly from the perspective of those who want to learn English.   Talking to our Italian…

Why leave the EU? What would leaving the EU mean for expats?

On April 5, 2016, Posted by , In Latest News, With 2 Comments

Here we are writing about moving to Italy and trying to offer advice and assistance on helping those contemplating moving to Italy from the UK and now we find ourselves in a situation where we are asking ourselves ‘What would leaving the EU mean to British expats?’ and facing the…

What’s the best way to learn Italian without breaking the bank?

On March 17, 2016, Posted by , In Learning Italian, By , With 21 Comments

So knowing that we were moving it Italy I did initially have a rush of blood to the head and went on a spending spree and bought as many phrase books, grammar books and dictionaries without really doing my homework beforehand. Once I got over the initial excitement I realised…

Best books for adults (and for kids) when learning Italian

We have always hit home that out of the four main components – reading, writing, listening and speaking Italian how important it is to speak the Italian language, this is probably the most difficult of the four but by reading Italian out loud this can build your confidence significantly. To…

Why moving to Italy doesn’t mean that you will speak the language…ever!

Although it’s a well-known fact that total immersion is the best way to learn Italian, just by moving to Italy from the UK, the US or any other English- speaking country doesn’t for one minute guarantee that you will become bilingual! Don’t presume that as soon as you step off the plane…

What is the best way to learn Italian?

On February 13, 2016, Posted by , In Learning Italian, By , , With 45 Comments

I often get asked what is the best way to learn Italian by those who are contemplating moving to Italy or are coming for an extended period and are concerned about their lack of knowledge of the Italian language. I was talking to a friend about this the other day…

The cost of living in Italy

If you are contemplating moving to Italy from the UK or the US then a question that gets asked of me frequently is ‘What is the cost of living like in Italy?’ or ‘How much do I need to earn to maintain my lifestyle or to be comfortable?’   I…

21 things you should do in Italy right now…or at least before you die!

I often get asked what there is to do in Italy while you are on a short trip. There is loads to do particularly in the summer time but there are lots of things to do even if the weather isn’t great. Here are some of my highlights and a…

Homework – the early days (How did we survive?!)

On February 1, 2016, Posted by , In Living in Italy,Schools, With No Comments

I had a discussion this week with an American family about what to expect in the early days of schooling for their kids at an Italian school on moving to Italy from the US (particularly the homework situation). I think I scared them to death when talking about this before….

10 Things to eat in Italy right now – popular in the Lunigiana area

On February 1, 2016, Posted by , In Eating in Italy, By , , With 2 Comments

I was asked recently what my top 10 favourite foods from our region are and so I thought I’d share some of these with you. One of the great things about living in Italy is that not only are there some great restaurants around but also some great cooks as…