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Italian False Friends

Italian False Cognates

Italian False Friends: Common Mistakes Made By Learners

So you’ve already taken a number of Italian language courses over a span of several months, you’ve attended every lesson, and followed self-study advice to the ‘T’…… you think you have a fairly good handle on the Italian language? However, on your next trip to Italy make sure you don’t get caught out by these common mistakes that Italian language learners make. Familiarise yourself with these Italian false friends beforehand for an embarrassment-free trip!

 

Cactus offers outstanding Italian language courses across the UKonlineprivate classes and in Italy. If you have any questions about any of our Italian courses please call us on +44 1273 830 960 or contact us. Our team of multilingual experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

Italian False Friends:

1. Peperoni

Don’t ask for ‘peperoni’ on your Pizza unless you have a taste for the hot-n-spicy! If you do ask for ‘peperoni’ on your pizza you will actually end up with hot peppers, if you want pepperoni order ‘salame piccante’ instead.

2. Cocomeri

Looking to top your salad off with some crunchy ‘cocomeri’? Then I hope you like oil and vinegar on your watermelon, ‘cause that’s what you just ordered! The Italian word for cucumber is actually ‘cetriolo.’

3. Camera

Lost your camera and need to buy a new one? If you tell a salesperson that you’re looking for a ‘camera’, you may not like the response you’ll get. The word ‘camera’ in Italian actually means bedroom! Looking for a snapshot digital machine, then you should request a “macchina fotografica” instead.

4. Confetti

Commenting on the colorful ‘confetti’ being thrown around at the Venice Carnivale? Well let’s hope you never get pegged in the head with Italian ‘confetti,’ which is the word for sugar-coated almonds. The little colorful pieces of paper being thrown around at carnivals and parties are known as ‘coriandoli.’

5. Fattoria

Need directions to the Gucci ‘fattoria’? If you’re looking for outlet shopping during your stay in Italy, don’t refer to them as ‘fattoria,’ unless you want to buy some farm fresh produce! Factory outlets are actually called “(gli) Outlet,” though the Italian word for factory is ‘fabbrica.’ A case in many where your English actually comes in handy during your stay!

Known for its vibrant culture, spectacular scenery, friendly people, and world famous cuisine, Italy will always leave you wanting to come back for more. Hopefully these tips will help to make your Italian adventure unforgettable for all the right reasons!

 

Are you looking to start learning Italian? Are you looking to do business in Italy? Cactus offers a variety of great Italian language courses, online, in the UK and in Italy!

Learning Italian is the beginning of an exciting adventure that is waiting for you! Going away soon? These Italian False Friends will help you on your way and you can also Download our free Italian Language Kit.

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For information on any of our Italian courses, please call us on +44 (0) 1273 830 960 or contact us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any question you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 23 different languages in 11 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Junior language camps: immersion programmes for children and teens across the world
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: 23 languages online and for teacher training

Intensive 5 Week Language Courses Start August

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5 Week Language Courses – August Start

If you missed out on our July start dates you can still sign up for our 5 week intensive evening language courses starting 22nd August in London and Brighton. If you would like an intensive evening language course of 20 hours, for two hours two evenings per week, in Spanish, French, German, Italian or Portuguese, then this is the course for you! You can go from complete beginner to basic language speaking ability – all before the end of the summer! This is a great way to improve your language skills in a short period of time. Are you a beginner? Find out more about our Beginners Language Courses.

Get 10% off with code AD510 from Monday 7th August to Thursday 18th August

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

Top 5 Italian Trattorias in London

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Celebrate Italian Month by Dining in one of our Top 5 Italian Trattorias in London

by Maria Ansede

Whether you are already taking part in one of our Italian evening language courses in London or you are thinking about learning this beautiful language, savouring the traditional cuisine of these trattorias is the best way to immerse yourself in the ‘Italian way’ without leaving even having to leave the city.

TRATTORIA VERDI

Just two minutes from our Holborn school, Trattoria Verdi has been serving the finest home-style Italian food for more than fifty years. Verdi merges wonderfully a modern and friendly atmosphere with traditional Italian dishes and specials like the Gamberoni, Cannelloni Ripieni di Came, Lasagna Tradizionale or Trota Siciliana. Don’t forget to ask for their Gelati Affogati or Zabaglione to give a delicious final touch to your Italian feast.

GOOOD PIZZA

Goood Pizza is the most original pizza-by-the-slice venue in London. Located in Holborn, it gives you the chance to enjoy an amazing organic pizza in a totally different shape and made from slow-rising sourdough. If you fancy a fast meal without changing the Italian culinary tradition, Goood Pizza is your place. On top of that, if you are a Cactus student, you can get a massive 20% off. You just need to email us and we will send you a 20% discount code.

CASA MAMMA

Casa Mamma is a family run Italian restaurant that offers you the highest quality ingredients mostly sourced from Italy. Their menu includes all the firm Italian favourite pastas and pizzas as well as regional Italian specialities and a great selection of Italian wines. They call themselves “a comforting Italian oasis in the heart of bustling King’s Cross”. We call it the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing evening with Italian taste when you leave your class at our King’s Cross school (less than five minutes from there) or if you happen to be in the area.

SICILY

Sicily is a little piece of the Mediterranean in the middle of Victoria. The Scalzo brothers combine the true Italian hospitality with their delectable food with a Sicilian touch. Don’t miss the chance to taste their stone-baked pizzas, fresh fish dishes and traditional sauces. Moreover, between 8.30am and 12pm, Sicily reinvents itself as a stylish café that serves an exceptional Italian coffee. Their changing collection of contemporary art and covered outdoor terrace just add more charm to this lovely venue.

OLIVOGELO

The several Olivo restaurants that you can find all over London offer you the opportunity to savour the traditional Sardinian cuisine as well as the finest seafood and wines. But if you wish to taste the authentic artisan Italian gelato, Olivogelo, located 5 minutes from our location in Victoria, is the place to go. Don’t hesitate to enjoy their selection of homemade organic gelati produced daily using the best traditional recipes and Sardinian ingredients.

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To find out more information about any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

February is Italian Month!

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This February is Italian month at Cactus – so if you are currently studying Italian or would like to do so, then this is a great month for you! Every day we are going to post a video of the #italianwordoftheday which will increase your vocabulary and show you the spelling, translation and correct pronunciation of new words or expressions in Italian. You can find our #italianwordoftheday across our social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and You Tube. You will also have the chance to discover some charming destinations where you can learn Italian with Cactus Language though pictures and news posts about our locations.

Why learn Italian?

Italian is spoken by more than 85 million people across the world and rated as one of easiest languages to learn for English speakers. Learning it will give you a better understanding of so many captivating topics that Italy evokes: its history, its art (containing almost 60% of the world’s arts treasures), the enchanting coastal villages, its delightful cuisine, fashion, the language of love… so why not?

Whether you want to learn Italian in the UK, or improve your Italian by visiting the country where it is spoken (choose from 17 different destinations) then we can help you on your language learning journey with our Free Italian Language Kit. You can also check your level of Italian with our free online Italian level test.

Each month we will bring you new vocabulary and inspiring destinations about a different language and March will be Portuguese month!

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To find out more information about any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

My Fairy Tale Florentine Experience

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An Italian immersive course abroad with Cactus

by Ana Ros
Pizza, gelato, pasta, vino and vespas. It’s not only a myth nor a known scene from Audrey Hepburn’s film in Rome; you can experience these (and much more!) everywhere and at any time of the year in Florence.
But that is not the reason why I chose to do my Italian course in the Tuscan capital. In fact, I am a big fan of art –and a bit of an artist–, hence I have always dreamt of going to Florence. However, many other Italian cities were also very attractive to me, so why Florence? I only decided that I wanted to go to the Tuscan capital after one of my friends recommended it by saying the following words: “Especially you, who loves art, will love Florence. It is like living inside a fairy tale”. And if you read this post you will understand why.

Why did you decide to do an Italian course… at the end of October?

What a unconventional month to travel in, right? The shorter answer to this question is: fewer tourists –and, of course, the reduced number of people in the class. It is much easier and more comfortable to travel around popular tourist cities after September since there are fewer crowds and shorter queues and you don’t need to live in fear that everything may be sold out.

With regards to the lessons, the chance of actively participating in a classroom with just 5 people is considerably higher and brings more benefits than attending a course with 15 students. Therefore, I went to Florence with the purpose of learning the basics of Italian. What I did not expect was to become so confident and fluent in the language. I knew, being bilingual in Spanish and Catalan that I had a headstart and a distinct advantage when learning Italian. Nevertheless, I never believed that I would be able to speak a new language after only having had a week of lessons. I didn’t realise how wrong I had been until I started the course.

What did you do during your first week?

After a short level test taken on the first day, I was placed with a group with students whose level was similar to mine. It was a small, cosy and friendly group. Considering that I am a very shy person when I first meet new people, I was not very keen on voicing any of my thoughts, but my teacher made everything easy for me and ensured that I was comfortable at all times. After the first hour, all my shyness and fears were left behind and I started my adventure in the beautiful world of the Italian language. Since the timetable for my lessons was from 9AM to 1PM, we had the opportunity to make the most of the day and visit the city in the afternoon, eat a panino infront of Santa Croce and calmly enjoy a cappuccino before visiting the duomo. From Palazzo Vecchio to Piazzale Michelangelo, I walked through and around the city in only one week after every lesson.

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How would you rate your learning experience during your course?

10 out of 10 and no less. Renata, my teacher, helped me at every moment from the very beginning. The content of the course was current and dynamic. She even made the more complicated and tedious points of grammar not only bearable, but enjoyable by preparing games and adding a competitive element. In addition, Renata doesn’t know how to speak English, so it was impossible for us to communicate with her unless we spoke in Italian. I understand that this can seem a bit scary but, when you consider that the reason you take an immersive course is, in fact, to be fully immersed in the culture and language of the country, it makes complete sense to only speak in the language you are learning. After making the same mistakes over and over and being corrected every time, I unconsciously learnt the right words and disregarded the wrong ones. Renata made us confident in being able to communicate in a foreign language, and this was one of the key points of the experience for me.

The staff of the school, Centro Fiorenza, were thoughtful and attentive with us; they would ask me how I felt about the lessons every morning and they were always willing to help should any of us experience any trouble. They would organise different school trips every day; among them, a guided visit of the duomo’s museum that also included the entrance to the cupola, the bell tower, the baptistery and the cript. The experience was fantastic; we learnt many interesting facts and saw wonderful works of art. The relationship with my classmates and the other students was so good that, when we finished the course, we exchanged our email addresses and social media profiles to keep in touch. I have even received a lovely email from the school to check on me.

Where did you stay? Would you recommend it?

I stayed in a 2 bedroom shared student apartment. However, I was the only one who used the room (I guess it is because, again, October is not a very busy month). It was actually a very big house and the ground floor was entirely for me. There was a garden –only accessible from my bedroom, a lovely and very traditional fully equipped Italian kitchen, a bathroom and a laundry room. My landlady, Piera, lived in the upper floor with her family and, even though I rarely saw her, she checked up on me frequently to see if I was comfortable or if I needed anything at all. Like every Italian I met, Piera was kind, caring and warm, and made my stay there amazing. So yes, I would 100% recommend it!

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Final thoughts

In Florence you can breathe art in every corner; there is beauty in every alley; the gastronomy is incomparable; the people there are warm, open and always ready to lend a hand; and I have been able to prove that, yes, it’s true, visiting Florence is like living inside a fairy tale.

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For more information on any of our courses in Florence from £145 per week or for more information on any of our worldwide language holidays please call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

 

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