Rank #1: Parliamo di Siena!
Today I’m back with a new podcast in which I will be talking about a wonderful Italian city - Siena! Today my guest will be Sarah Mastroianni, a young woman who was raised in Toronto in Canada - the daughter of an Italian father and a Canadian mother. Several years ago, after traveling in Italy, she fell in love with Italy and in particular, the city of Siena. Now she considers Siena her adopted town. In this podcast you will learn more about Siena and Sarah will also talk about her work, about her experiences with the language, her love for Italy and especially her passion for Siena and her reasons for moving there!
Jun 10 2015
Rank #2: Piacere Italian Verb to Like Something
Piacere means is used to express that something is in Italian in the Italian language or rather something is pleasing to someone. In this podcast you will learn how to conjugate in present and past tense and use the word properly in sentence. Text, Examples and Exercises are on www.StudentessaMatta.com Blog site (http://www.studentessamatta.com/piace...) If you have questions about the verb piacere leave your comments on the Studentessa Matta site
Apr 24 2017
Rank #3: Playing around in Italiano—Giochi, Barzellette, Scherzi
this Podcast I am talking about Italian words for joking and
playing around...Scioglilingua, Giochi di Parole, Barzellette,
Scherzi, Idiomi...Podcast can also be viewed on YouTube to see the
visuals that accompany the text. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrRccsRyt2g
Visit the Matta Blog for text in English and
For transcripts for this Video follow this link:
Apr 26 2016
Rank #4: An Interview with Daniela Mancini - Insegnante & Scrittrice
In this podcast I will be speaking with my friend Daniela Mancini! Daniela is an Italian teacher at Scud’It in Rome. I had the immense pleasure of studying with Daniela last July during my language and painting program. Daniela is a lively and entertaining teacher. She has also written a book about the Subjunctive tense: Congiuntivo. Here she is to talk more about herself, her home town of Frascati, her hopes and dreams and what it is like to teach at Scud’It in Rome. See program notes in Italian and English on the Studentessa Matta Blog. www.studentessamatta.com
Nov 03 2015
Rank #5: Due parole: Lasciare & Mollare
Discussion about two Italian synonyms Lasciare and Mollare. Both mean to let go. Idiomatic expressions and meanings when combined with other words. Short story about two frogs to help remember these two words.
To read transcript visit: http://www.studentessamatta.com/lasciare-mollare-significati-storia-rane-non-mollare-mai/
For more tips, tricks and helpful advice for learning Italian visit the Studentessa Matta blog. www.studentessamatta.com To view the Youtube video of this podcast visit the Studentessa Matta Youtube Channel www.youtube.com/c/StudentessaMatta_MelissaMuldoo
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Ci sentiamo! Buoni studi!
Mar 09 2017
Rank #6: La Venere di Botticelli / Venus on a Half Shell
Today I want to tell you about a painting…Botticelli's Birth of Venus - La nascita di Venere. Visit Matta Website for Translations: English & Italian https://www.youtube.com/c/StudentessaMatta_MelissaMuldoon
To learn more about Matta Italian Language Workshops http://www.studentessamatta.com/italian-trips/
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Feb 21 2016
Rank #7: Arezzo’s Antiques Fair
Arezzo Antique Fair Fiera Antiquaria takes place Piazza Grande every first weekend of month. It is one of the oldest largest fairs in Italy over 400 vendors. To view transcripts of podcast in Italian and English go to http://www.studentessamatta.com/arezzo-antique-fair-fiera-antiquaria-arezzo
Jan 27 2017
Rank #8: Interview with Melissa Muldoon - Author of Waking Isabella for Inside Scoop
- Isabella de Medici
- Research for the book in Arezzo, Italy
- Giostra del Saracino - Annual Jousting Festival held in Arezzo
- Suppression of Artists and Hitler's Obsession during WWII
- Melissa's Writing Process
- Her Award Winning Italian Language Blog and Immersion Trips to Italy
- Most Rewarding Experience as an Author
Feb 17 2018
Rank #9: Facciamo un salto nel passato! Andiamo ad Arezzo
Sometimes a trip to Italy is like stepping into the past. For me, that is part of the charm of Italy. Recently I had the impression of passing through a portal back to medieval times. It happened during my stay in Arezzo last September when I witnessed the Giostra del Saracino - The Joust of the of the Saracens. Practice your Italian language skills by listening to this podcast! You can find a transcript and translations on www.studentessamatta.com
Nov 16 2016
Rank #10: Mattiniero vs Nottambulo
Mattiniero vs Nottambulo: What kind of person are you? Are you a morning person or an evening person? I just created subtitles in Italian! Yay! turn on the captioning button to see the Italian words! For more information, language learning tips and translations check out the Studentessa Matta Blog: www.studentessamatta.com
Feb 17 2018
Rank #11: Sentire & Ascoltare - Learning meanings and differences
Both the Italian words "Sentire" and "Ascoltare" mean to perceive something. But they vary in several ways. For transcript & translations see http://www.studentessamatta.com/sentire-ascoltare-learning-meanings-differences : Subscribe to the Studentessa Matta Blog to receive posts, Newsletters & EXCLUSIVE language tips via email.
To see the Youtube Video of this podcast click here: https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=Rj3I0Iw_feE
Mar 26 2017
Rank #12: Andiamo al Mercato di Arezzo
Today we are going to the Arezzo’s Saturday market. There you can buy lots of things. The best would be the fresh food that you can buy there. There are so many things…peppers, squash blossoms, mushrooms, fruit and various kinds of meat and cheeses…but especially the porchetta. Come with us!
Oct 02 2016
Rank #13: Inside Book Scoop Live Interview with Melissa Muldoon
Recently I published a novel about Italy called “Dreaming Sophia.” In this podcast I share with the Tutti Matti Italian listeners an interview I conducted with Sheri Hoyt for “Inside Book Scoop Live”. In this book chat you will find out more about the book, my background, and the reasons for writing the novel. Buon ascolto! For more information about the book visit: www.DreamingSophiaBook.com Available for iBook
Apr 01 2017
Rank #14: Moglie e buoi dei paesi tuoi
Colorful Italian idioms that have to do with animals. Italian expressions to help make your conversation more lively and make you sound more like an Italian native. For the written transcript visit the StudentessaMatta.com blog. http://www.studentessamatta.com/moglie-buoi-dei-paesi-tuoi-italian-idioms-modi-di-dire/
Want to immerse in Italian language and culture, join me in September in Arezzo for a small group language program. Details on the Studentessa Matta blog: http://www.studentessamatta.com/italian-immersion-tuscany-italy-arezzo/
Feb 16 2018
Rank #15: Italian Christmas Cake Battles!
Buon Natale e Benvenuti all'antico dibattito che spesso divide le famiglie italiane. Di che cosa sto parlando? Il dibattito tra servire Panettone o Pandoro a Natale.
Happy Holidays! Welcome to the age-old debate that often splits Italian families. What am I talking about? The debate between serving Panettone or Pandoro during the holidays of course!
For a transcription of this podcast visit http://www.studentessamatta.com/christmas-cake-battles-panettone-versus-pandoro/
Dec 21 2016
Rank #16: Flash Academy - New App to Learn Itlalian
Today I am here to tell you about a fantastic new mobile app called “FlashAcademy”. It is the idea of the company behind FlashSticks – the company that created the app to learn a foreign language using the Post-it Notes. Now the app has a new interface and new images. Now it focuses on the progress of the student towards graduation from Flash Academy. Each lesson moves the student forward! The learning curve is fast paced with new interactive lessons.
Oct 02 2016
Rank #17: Italian Chat with Melissa
Chatting in Italian about Carnival, masks and costumes. You can find the post on the StudentessaMatta.com website with English translations.
Studentessa Matta Facebook page to join the conversation group: https://www.facebook.com/studentessamatta
Visit the Matta Blog to learn more about Italian Homestay Language Vacations: http://www.studentessamatta.com/italian-language-homestay-vacations/
To Purchase Melissa's novels about Italy: visit Amazon Dreaming Sophia: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0997634804?ie=UTF8&creativeASIN=0997634804&linkCode=xm2&tag=diariodiunstu-20
Feb 17 2018
Rank #18: Andare a Cavallo
Andare a Cavallo - taking a ride on the beach on a horse in Half Moon Bay in California. Learn new Italian vocabulary for things that have to do with horses and their gear. Follow along as I talk about my weekend adventure on horseback. Visit the Matta Blog to read the transcript in Italian and English. http://www.studentessamatta.com/andare-cavallo-riding-horse-beach-useful-horse-lingo/
Join me in Arezzo in September 2018 for Italian Language Immersion and participate in the Medieval Jousting Festival! To sign up and reserve a spot visit: http://www.studentessamatta.com/italian-immersion-tuscany-italy-arezzo/
Feb 16 2018
Rank #19: Valentine's Day in Italy
In this podcast we are exploring the subjects of love, romanticism and lovers and how the Italians celebrate the holiday. Naturally we will talk about Italian vocabulary that has to do with Valentine’s day. We will share some some romantic films that we like and some songs. Featuring 2 Italian guest speakers.
May 13 2014
Rank #20: Carnival in Italy
We will be discuss the origins of Carnevale and how Italians prepare for and celebrate this famous holiday. We will also be taking about the Venetian mask and the tradition of disguising oneself, as well and the floats and fun events that are happening in Venice during this time. We will also share some recipe for a traditional Carnevale sweet – le chiacchere.
May 12 2014