Benvenuti all'Associazione Italiana!
Welcome to the Italian Association!
Come join us, and feel like you are back in Italy.
President: Nicoletta Toniati
Whether you go to Italy, or just want to talk to people around campus, these words will help you blow them away with your language skills. Have fun!
Useful Italian Words
|Ciao (Chow)||Hello, goodbye|
|Come va?||How are you?|
|Bene grazie. E tu?||Fine, thanks, and you?|
|Mi chiamo...||My name is...|
|Ti amo||I love you|
|In bocca al lupo||Good luck|
Did you know that...
- Italy is slightly larger than Arizona.
- Almost 20% of Italy's population is over 65 years old.
- Italy borders Austria, France, Vatican City, San Marino, Slovenia, and Switzerland. Its longest border is with Switzerland.
- The average Italian family has 1.27 children.
- Everybody 18 and over can vote, however you have to be at least 25 to vote in Senate elections.
- The Italian flag is inspired by the French flag introduced during Napoleon's 1797 invasion of the peninsula.
- The average Italian makes $26,700 a year, however those in the more prosperous north make almost $40,000.
- The thermometer is an Italian invention.
- The name of Electricity measurement Volt comes from Alessandro Volta, who invented the first battery in 1779
- The average life expectancy at birth for an Italian is 79.54 years.
- The city of Naples gave birth to the pizza .
- The piano hails from Italy.
- The longest river in Italy is the Po.
- The average Italian consumes half a pound of bread a day.
- Italy's contributions to science include the barometer, electric battery, nitroglycerin, and wireless telegraphy.
- Famous Italian explorers include Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, John Cabot, and Amerigo Vespucci.
- Today's modern Italian language originated in the region of Tuscany.
- Enrico Fermi, inventor of the nuclear reactor, was an Italian.
- The automobile is one of Italy's greatest products. In addition to the Fiat brand, Fiat owns the Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Chrysler brands.
- With almost 40 million visitors, Italy is the fourth most visited country in the world.
- St. Nicholas is from Bari, Italy. Italians celebrate la festa della befana. La Befana is a good witch who comes on Jan 6th and brings candy to children.
- The ice cream cone was invented in Italy.
- Italy has three active volcanoes: Etna, Vesuvius, and Stromboli. Vesuvius is the volcano that destroyed Pompeii.
- Rome is known as "the eternal city."
- Italy contains two independent states- San Marino and Vatican City.
- Venice is a group of 117 islands.