Kiwis learning Italian?

We have observed over the years that there are a number of reasons Kiwis learn Italian. Apart from the vogue, the peculiarity, the mental exercise and the culture it’s always useful to speak the language of those with whom we have been bewitched.

Italy is a perpetual fascination from which there is no escape, a country of colour and aromas, of inducements ideal and cultural that can’t be denied. The country “condemned” to manage and conserve about 80% of all the world’s archaeological and artistic beauty which, as much as it seems a clichè, renders it a prisoner.

It’s precisely the Italian language, seemingly unimportant in a commercial world, that contributes in a very significant way to enchantment. With its richness of inflections and nuances, it’s a language that is applicable to declarations of love as much as tragedy, to complicity as much as humour. Popular culture, including everything

from Roberto Benigni’s

filmmaking talent to Eros Ramazotti’s and Andrea Boccelli’s music to the best recipes for pizza

margherita, is made even more enjoyable when you know a little of the lingua franca!

Italian classes (as well as French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese and Korean) start 26 April at Euroasia Language Academy in Auckland and Christchurch. Check out our course timetable or call 0800 387627 for more information.

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How many Italian words for pasta?

OK you know spaghetti. And lasagne. How about Agnolotti and Bigoli? The Italians have just about as many words for pasta as the Eskimos have for snow. If you're like me, you get really confused with the pasta listed on the menu when you eat out. If you're not too embarassed to ask the waitress to describe the pasta, you then have the problem of the waitress giving you an accurate description. How do you describe shapes if they are all vaguely similar?

Check out

the definitive pasta guide here (thanks to and Wikipedia):


  • Cavatappi
  • Cavatelli
  • Conchiglie
  • Farfalle
  • Fusilli
  • Gemelli
  • Gnocchi
  • Lumaconi
  • Orecchiette
  • Pappardelle
  • Pici
  • Radiatore
  • Rigatoni
  • Stringozzi
  • Strozzapreti
  • Tortellini
  • Trofie
  • Vermicelli
  • Penne
  • Orzo
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