Are you learning to speak Italian?

If your goal is learning to speak Italian, there are many things you can do in order to get more confident.

Taking group or private lessons is essential to study the language guided by a professional teacher. On top of that, you can boost your skills committing to some daily practice: there are amazing things to do!

If you want to work on vocabulary, adding a new word every week would be a great start!

Words can be taken from something that you read, from a movie that you watched or can be related to something relevant in a specific period of the year.

For example, we chose a word which refers to an important Italian festivity: San Giuseppe, on 19 March.

San Giuseppe was Jesus Christ’s father and the symbol of paternity: that’s why on this day Italian people celebrate Father’s Day.

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Our word of the week is a good one: zeppole!

Zeppole is the name of the typical dessert for Father’s day: coming from the Neapolitan tradition, it is made of deep fried choux pastry filled with custard, sprinkled with icing sugar and topped with a black cherry. Alternatively, zeppole can be baked in the oven.

According to one of the several tales, after escaping from Egitto with Mary and Jesus, Joseph had to sell fritters to make some money: this is why these sweets are traditionally prepared for Father’s Day.

The word zeppola might come from the Latin “cippus“, a little piece of wood that can be used as doorstop: this might refer to the fact that Giuseppe was a carpenter. However, the noun may also come from the Latin “serpula“, snake, for the traditional shape of the zeppole.

Here you have some examples!

Italian English
Le zeppole sono il mio dolce preferito! Zeppole are my favourite dessert!
Per la Festa del Papà voglio preparare le zeppole tradizionali. For Father’s Day I want to make traditional zeppole.
Preferisci le zeppole fritte o al forno? Do you prefer fried or baked zeppole?


And now ask to your family and friends if they know this delicious sweet!

If you want to practise more, enjoy our online resources.

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