The Italian language sounds poetic and beautiful

...no wonder it's crept into our US society's daily lingo, too! The Italian language is made up of words like pizza, lasagna, farfalle, pronto, presto, and of course "al dente"... these are all Italian words that we might not know we already knew!

Growing up, my first language as a child actually WAS Italian.

Both my parents were newly immigrated to the US just before I was born, and the most natural form of communication between them was their native tongue.

Needless to say I picked up on it.

And although what I had learned originally was a dialect of true Italian,

I did my share of studying the language later on in life during college (where I eventually studied in Rome).

Perhaps you're a stickler for proper grammar in the English language, and it makes you cringe to think you could be using Italian terms incorrectly.

If that's you, this is the place to round out your knowledge for the language of Italian cooking.

You can get a better understanding of the singular versus plural forms of many words commonly misused.

For example, when to use panini as opposed to panino.

Italian Language Resources

Italian women talking and drinking wine at dinner

So - ready to learn some Italian that will make your cooking SOUND as good as it tastes?

If you want to learn some of the most commonly used Italian kitchen terms that we encounter in the US, Italian cooking words page.

You'll be surprised at how much Italian you already know!

To go further, you can check out my Italian Pronunciation Guide here, to learn the basics of how to read and pronounce every Italian word you might encounter in an Italian recipe.

Buona fortuna!


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