Tag Archives: Culture

Learn a Language, Join a Community

“He who knows no foreign languages knows nothing of his own.” – Goethe In this week’s #NIAFblog, our guest blogger, Jenifer Landor – founder of Live and Learn Italian, an immersive, language-learning travel experience – offers an inside look into her company’s travel program, … Continue reading

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Meet NIAF

We want you to know the staff working behind-the-scenes here at the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), so we are taking the opportunity to introduce you to one of our staff members! This week, we introduce you to Julia Streisfeld, … Continue reading

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Who is in control of Sundays in Italy –  Soccer or Church? By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Modern-day soccer was brought to Italy from England at the end of the 19th Century, where it has become an extremely popular sport and national … Continue reading

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Pesce d’Aprile  ~  April Fool’s day By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com As a young boy in a small town in Italy, April 1st was the day to pull pranks on everybody.  We drew an image of a fish on a piece of … Continue reading

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Italian Silly Taxes By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com It seems that the Italian national debt rises every year and it is almost a given that in order to reduce the debt, all there is to do is levy silly taxes.  These … Continue reading

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Addio to Part of My Childhood

By Gabriella Mileti, NIAF Director of Programs. It’s safe to say, I cannot escape my Italianità.  I speak the language, I cook the food, I sip espresso from a Bialetti Moka pot every morning, I read books about Italian history, … Continue reading

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Some challenges of being an Italian American   By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Italian Americans who are well versed in Italian and English often have to cope with everyday challenges: I have yet to fully enjoy an Italian movie with English … Continue reading

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A Lesson from a Shepherd Boy By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com While my children were growing up, they had to “endure” a yearly trip to Italy to visit their grandparents and other family members. Often, they complained that their friends were … Continue reading

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Why is the Italian language so difficult to preserve? By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com A recent BBC article claims that almost 8,000 universities in non-English speaking countries are offering programs entirely in English. Bachelors and Master degrees are chosen by over … Continue reading

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A Big Cover-up By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com Over 47 Million tourists visit Italy every year. People flock to Italy to appreciate its history, poetry, music, lifestyle and art. They particularly appreciate the magnificent artworks in museums, churches, private collections and all … Continue reading

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