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The Definitive Guide To Italian Gelato

The Definitive Guide To Italian Gelato

Gelato may be popular worldwide, but its roots trace back to Italy. Here’s everything you need to know about Italian gelato.
The 21 Most Common Adjectives In Italian

The 21 Most Common Adjectives In Italian

Knowing the difference between poco and tanto can come in handy in Italy. That’s why we made a guide to help you with the most common Italian adjectives!
An American And An Italian Discuss Elena Ferrante’s ‘My Brilliant Friend’

An American And An Italian Discuss Elena Ferrante’s ‘My Brilliant Friend’

We talked to one of our Italian correspondents to dig into the language and culture of Elena Ferrante’s ‘My Brilliant Friend’!
How To Text Like A Millennial In 7 Other Languages

How To Text Like A Millennial In 7 Other Languages

Guess what: young people are killing and/or evolving other languages besides English!
Introducing Elena Ferrante’s ‘My Brilliant Friend’

Introducing Elena Ferrante’s ‘My Brilliant Friend’

This November, Babbel Book Club is reading ‘My Brilliant Friend,’ the first book in literary sensation Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels.
How To Host The Perfect Italian Dinner Party

How To Host The Perfect Italian Dinner Party

We’ve got the recipes, phrases and cultural insights you need to throw a deliciously awesome Italian dinner party.
All The Ways To Drink Coffee In Italy

All The Ways To Drink Coffee In Italy

Italian coffee culture can be daunting — all the unwritten rules, different names, and traditions can really make an outsider’s head spin. Here are all the ways to enjoy coffee in Italy.
6 Of The Best Podcasts For Italian Language Learners

6 Of The Best Podcasts For Italian Language Learners

Good news: they’re not all too fast for beginners to understand. These Italian podcasts will make an ideal complement to your studies.
How To Cheek Kiss In Different Parts Of The World

How To Cheek Kiss In Different Parts Of The World

If you’ve ever fumbled through an awkward greeting, here’s the international guide to cheek kissing etiquette you never had.
Vacation Cheat Sheet: 22 Italian Phrases To Know

Vacation Cheat Sheet: 22 Italian Phrases To Know

Make the most of your upcoming trip by focusing on these Italian conversation topics ahead of your flight abroad.
Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Italian?

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Italian?

Test your knowledge of Italian language trivia. You don’t have to know how to speak it, but you do need to know its history.
How To Talk About Mental Health In 6 Different Languages

How To Talk About Mental Health In 6 Different Languages

‘Self-care’ has become a major buzzword in the U.S. amid a burgeoning movement to destigmatize mental illness. Do other cultures discuss mental health as openly?
Why Are Americans So Obsessed With Italian Culture?

Why Are Americans So Obsessed With Italian Culture?

From delicious food to picturesque landscapes to pop culture ubiquity, Italian culture makes Americans say: ‘That’s amore!’
The Origins Of Italian Carnival Masks

The Origins Of Italian Carnival Masks

The Carnival of Venice is an annual celebration in Italy — and one that’s world famous for its intricate Venetian masks. In the festival, these masks are part of elaborate costumes that evoke feelings of pomp, elegance and even a bit of magic. But did you know that these disguises are more than beautiful pieces of art? Here we’ll explore how each mask symbolizes a character from the Italian theater tradition of Commedia dell’Arte, and cover a bit of the history behind these classic tropes.