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Surnames and Their Origins

By On July 13, 2018

FEBO — This surname derives from the first name Febo, which derived from the Greek adjective “phoibòs,” meaning shining used for Apollo. It appears in the vital statistics records in 14 of… Read More

Heritage

How to Talk at Local Italian Festival This Summer

By On July 13, 2018

Summertime is fun time. Many of us try to get out of the fast lane and kick back at the beach or in the mountains. School children especially love to forget about… Read More

North American B-25 Mitchell bombers fly near Mount Vesuvius during its last eruption in March 1944.
Per I Bambini

Chi ha paura dei vulcani?

By On July 13, 2018

North American B-25 Mitchell bombers fly near Mount Vesuvius during its last eruption in March 1944. By Sara and mamma (Melissa Cannavo-Marino) Nonna and nonno guardavano il telegiornale e ho sentito che… Read More

Heritage

Surnames and Their Origins

By On June 21, 2018

FANI’ — This surname derives from the Arab word “faniqah” meaning bag, measure or possibly from the Byzantine “Phanòs” meaning light, fire. It is not among the most common names, but nonetheless… Read More

Heritage

How to Talk at an Italian Festival

By On June 21, 2018

Any foreign language you don’t practice, you slowly forget, and even the basics escape your mind. So, we thought it would be a good idea to do a refresher lesson on how… Read More

Heritage

CORSICA – PART 2: Language Closely Influenced by Tuscan Dialect

By On June 21, 2018

By Joe Cannavo Corsican by definition is a romance language of the Italian-Romanic group spoken by about 341,000 people. Most of the speakers live in Corsica, though there some in Paris and… Read More

Festivals & Events

Parade celebrates Italy’s Festa della Repubblica

By On June 21, 2018

By Joe Cannavo June 2 is a holiday in Italy, the Festa della Repubblica in celebration of the referendum that took place on June 2, 1946, in which all Italians (including women… Read More

Italian Made Fun & Simple

Surnames and Their Origins

By On May 8, 2017

Italian-American Herald This month our Italian surname feature will begin its coverage of surnames beginning with the letter “D.” In doing the research that is required to put this feature together, I… Read More

Italian Made Fun & Simple

Italian Made Fun & Simple

By On May 8, 2017

I thought it best that we review prepositions from the start given that we have been doing holiday lessons and that prepositions in Italian, as in English can be tricky. This is by… Read More

Per I Bambini

Sara gets new toys while visiting her momma’s family

By On May 8, 2017

By Jeanne Outlaw-Cannavo Mamma said that today we will be traveling from our appartamento in Frosinone to Graniti in Sicily where mamma’s family lives. Mamma has lots of cugini (cu jean-knee) cousins… Read More