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Food Can Bring Us Together


An advertising agency in Australia created these wonderful dishes that resemble the national flags of select countries. Despite our differences food is something that can bring us altogether.

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Images owned by: Sydney International Food Festival
Produced by: WHYBIN\TBWA, Sydney, Australia

Italian Baby Names – Italian Culture for Kids


Top 20 Baby Names
Girls Boys
Maria Giuseppe
Anna Giovanni
Giuseppina Antonio
Rosa Mario
Angela Luigi
Giovanna Francesco
Teresa Angelo
Lucia Vincenzo
Carmela Pietro
Caterina Salvatore
Francesca Carlo
Anna Maria Franco
Antonietta Domenico
Carla Bruno
Elena Paolo
Concetta Michele
Rita Giorgio
Margherita Aldo
Franca Sergio
Paola Luciano

 

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Italian Songs for Children – Italian Culture for kids


1. AMOR DAMMI QUEL FAZZOLETTINO

Amor dammi quel fazzolettino, Amor dammi quel fazzolettino

Amor dammi quel fazzolettino…vado alla fonte e lo vado a lavar

te lo lavo con acqua e sapone, te lo lavo con acqua e sapone

te lo lavo con acqua e sapone…. ogni sospiro Ë un pensiero d’amor.

Te lo stiro col ferro a vapore,Te lo stiro col ferro a vapore

Te lo stiro col ferro a vapore…ogni pieghina Ë un bacino d’amor.

Amor dammi quel fazzolettino, Amor dammi quel fazzolettino

Amor dammi quel fazzolettino…vado alla fonte e lo vado a lavar

Amor dammi quel fazzolettino.. Amor dammi quel fazzolettino..

2. BRILLA BRILLA LA STELLINA

Brilla brilla la stellina

su nel cielo piccolina

Brilla brilla sopra noi

mi domando tu chi sei

Brilla brilla la stellina

su nel cielo piccolina

Quando il sole Ë tramontato

niente Ë pi˘ luminoso

Brilla brilla mia stellina

che la notte si avvicina

Vieni vieni mia stellina

su nel cielo piccolina

Tu che non dormi mai

aspetti il sole e te ne vai

Brilla brilla mia stellina

tu rimanimi vicina

Quando il sole Ë tramontato

niente Ë pi˘ luminoso

Brilla brilla mia stellina

che la notte si avvicina

Vieni vieni mia stellina

che la notte si avvicina

Tu che non dormi mai

aspetti il sole e te ne vai

Brilla brilla mia stellina

tu rimanimi vicina

tu rimanimi vicina..

tu rimanimi vicina..

3. FRA’ MARTINO CAMPANARO

Fraí Martino, campanaro,

cosa fai? Non dormir!

Suona il mattutino, suona il mattutino

din, don, dan, din, don, dan,

suona il mattutino, din, don, dan!

Fraí Martino, campanaro,

Ë di gi‡ mezzodÏ!

Suona allegramente, suona allegramente,

din, don, dan, din, don, dan,

suona allegramente, din, don, dan!

aha aha mmh mmh

Fraí Martino, campanaro,

Dormi tu? Dormi tu?

Suona le campane, suona le campane,

din, don, dan, din, don, dan,

suona le campane, din, don, dan!

Suona le campane, suona le campane,

din, don, dan, din, don, dan,

suona le campane, din, don, dan!

Fraí Martino, campanaro,

Dormi tu? Dormi tu?

Suona le campane, suona le campane,

din, don, dan, din, don, dan,

suona le campane, suona le campane,

din, don, dan, din, don, dan!

4. GIRO GIRO TONDO

Giro girotondo

gira il mondo

gira la terra

e tutti gi˘ per terra

Giro giro tondo

il mare eí fondo

tonda eí la terra

e tutti gi˘ per terra

Giro girotondo

ora ti circondo

come un ciambella

e tutti gi˘ per terra

Giro girotondo

casca il mondo

casca la terra

e tutti gi˘ per terra ..hei!

Giro giro tondo

il mare eí fondo

tonda eí la terra

e tutti gi˘ per terra

Giro girotondo

casca il mondo

casca la terra..

e tutti gi˘ per terra!

5. NINNA NANNA DI BRAHMS

Dormi dormi bel bambino

dormi bene piccolino

La ninna sentirai

fino a quanto dormirai

Gli occhi aprirai

domattina, lo sai

La luce del sol

ed il suo calor

Dormi dormi mio tesor

e sogni tanti fior

e pure tante stelle

che sono le pi˘ belle

Gli angeli vedrai

cantare in cor

sereno dormirai

circondato dall’amor

mmh..

Un sorriso ci sar‡,

domattina lo sai

il sol splender‡

con il suo calor

Dormi dormi bel bambino

dormi bene piccolino

il sonno tu farai

sereno dormirai

hmm…

6. NINNA NANNA, NINNA OH

Ninna nanna Ninna oh

Questo bimbo a chi lo do?

Lo darÚ al suo nonnino  che lo culla nel lettino

Lo darÚ al cavallo bianco che ci gioca tanto tanto

Ninna nanna Ninna oh

Questo bimbo a chi lo do?

Ninna nanna Ninna oh

Questo bimbo a chi lo do?

La darÚ alla zia Lina che lo culla una mattina

La darÚ alla sua mamma che le canta la ninna nanna

Ninna nanna Ninna oh

Questo bimbo a chi lo do?

Ninna nanna Ninna oh

Questo bimbo a chi lo do?

Lo darÚ a San Michele che lo mette nel paniere

Lo darÚ al dolce nonno che lo porta a fare il sonno

mmh..

Ninna nanna e Ninna oh

Ninna nanna e Ninna oh

Ninna nanna e Ninna oh

Ninna oh

7. OH CHE BEL CASTELLO

Oh che bel castello marcondiro ndiro ndello,

oh che bel castello marcondiro ndiro nd‡..

Il mio Ë ancora pi˘ bello marcondiro ndiro ndello,

il mio Ë ancora pi˘ bello marcondiro ndiro nd‡..

Noi lo ruberemo marcondiro ndiro ndello,

e noi lo ruberemo marcondiro ndiro nd‡..

Noi lo rifaremo marcondiro ndiro ndello,

e noi lo rifaremo marcondiro ndiro nd‡..

Noi lo bruceremo marcondiro ndiro ndello,

e noi lo bruceremo marcondiro ndiro nd‡..

Noi lo rifaremo marcondiro ndiro ndello,

e noi lo rifaremo marcondiro ndiro nd‡..

Sparerem cannoni marcondiro ndiro ndello,

Sparerem cannoni  marcondiro ndiro nd‡..

Tirerem le pietre marcondiro ndiro ndello,

e tirerem le pietre  marcondiro ndiro nd‡..

8. MA QUANTE BELLE FIGLIE MADAMADORE’

Ma quante belle figlie, Madama DorÈ,

ma quante belle figlie.

Son belle e me le tengo, Scudiero del re,

son belle e me le tengo..

Il re ne domanda una, Madama DorÈ,

il re ne domanda una..

Che cosa ne vuol fare, Scudiero del re,

che cosa ne vuol fare ?

La vuole maritare, Madama DorÈ,

la vuole maritare..

Con chi la maritereste, Scudiero del re,

con chi la maritereste?

Col principe di Spagna, Madama DorÈ,

col principe di Spagna..

E come la vestireste, Scudiero del re,

e come la vestireste?

Di rose e di viole, Madama DorÈ,

di rose e di viole..

Prendete la pi˘ bella, Scudiero del re,

prendete la pi˘ bella ..

La pi˘ bella l’ho gi‡ scelta , Madama DorÈ,

la pi˘ bella l’ho gi‡ scelta..

Allora vi saluto , Scudiero del re,

allora vi saluto!

Ma quante belle figlie, Madama DorÈ,

ma quante belle figlie.

Ma.. quante belle figlie..

Quante belle belle figlie MadamadorË.. UË!

9. QUEL MAZZOLIN DI FIORI

Quel mazzolin di fiori, che vien dalla montagna..

Quel mazzolin di fiori, che vien dalla montagna..

E bada ben che non si bagna, che lo voglio regalar..

E bada ben che non si bagna, che lo voglio regal‡…

Lo voglio regalare, perche’ l’e’ un bel mazzetto..

Lo voglio regalare, perche’ l’e’ un bel mazzetto..

Lo voglio dare al mio moretto, questa sera quando vien..

Lo voglio dare al mio moretto, questa sera quando vien..

Quel mazzolin di fiori, che vien dalla montagna..

Quel mazzolin di fiori, che vien dalla montagna..

E bada ben che non si bagna, che lo voglio regalar..

E bada ben che non si bagna, che lo voglio regalar..

10. TU SCENDI DALLE STELLE

Tu scendi dalle stelle, oh Re del cielo

e vieni in una grotta al freddo e al gelo,

e vieni in una grotta al freddo e al gelo.

E tu che sei del mondo il Figlio del Creatore

mancano panni e fuoco, oh mio Signore,

mancano panni e fuoco, oh mio Signore.

Oh Bambino mio divino,

io ti vedo qui a tremar..

Ah quanto ti costÚ

l’avermi amato..

A te che sei del mondo il Figlio del Creatore

mancano panni e fuoco, oh mio Signore,

mancano panni e fuoco, oh mio Signore.

Caro eletto, pargoletto

quanto a  questa povert‡,

giacchË ti fece amor povero ancora,

giacchË ti fece amor povero ancora.

11. TANTI AUGURI A TE

Tanti auguri a te

Tanti auguri a te

Tanti auguri mio caro

Tanti auguri a te

Tanti auguri a te

Tanti auguri a te

Tanti auguri tesor

Tanti auguri a te

Tanti auguri a te

Tanti auguri a te

Tanti auguri tesor

Tanti auguri a te

Tanti auguri a mamm‡

Tanti auguri a pap‡

Tanti auguri davvero

Tanti auguri a te

Tanti auguri tesoro

Tanti auguri a te

Tanti auguri mio caro

Tanti auguri a te!

Pi˘ m’innamora..

Pi˘ m’innmaora..

Pi˘ m’innamora..

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Italian Travel Destinations (a photo tour of Italy) – Italian Culture for kids


Rome

Rome

Rome is the capital of modern Italy. Rome is full of history everywhere you look. It has many ancient monuments, interesting medieval churches, beautiful fountains, museums, and Renaissance palaces. The Pantheon is a temple that was built in 27 BC under the Roman Empire. It is decorated with paintings and a garden. The Coliseum is an arena, a huge and vast space of masonry walls and can be seen miles away because of its height and width. It was home to Italian plays and gladiator fights.  The Temple of Venus is the largest temple in Ancient Rome. Modern Rome is a bustling and lively city and has many restaurants to sample all sorts of Italian foods.  The Vatican and St. Peter’s are also found in Rome.

Venice

Venice

Venice is a unique city built on water in the middle of a lagoon. Venice is one of Italy’s most beautiful and romantic cities as well as one of the most popular for visitors to Italy. The heart of Venice is Piazza San Marco with its magnificent church. There are many museums, palaces, and churches to visit and wandering along Venice’s canals is interesting. Venice is in the northeast of Italy and historically was a bridge between East and West.

Florence

Florence

Florence is one of the most important Renaissance architectural and art centers. Its Duomo and Baptistery are magnificent but crowded with tourists as is their large piazza. Florence has several interesting museums with many famous paintings and sculptures. There are also Medici palaces and gardens.

Milan

Milan

Milan, one of Europe’s richest cities, is known for stylish shops, galleries, and restaurants and has a faster pace of life than most Italian cities. It also has a rich artistic and cultural heritage. Its Duomo, with its beautiful marble facade, is a popular site. La Scala is one of the world’s most famous opera houses.

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Naples

Naples

Naples is one of Italy’s most vibrant cities. It lies on the coast south of Rome and is an important city in southern Italy. Naples has recently undergone some renovation but still retains much of its old character. It holds many historical and artistic treasures.

Verona

Verona

Verona is known for the story of Romeo and Juliet and for its Roman Arena, the third largest in Italy and the gathering place for a yearly opera festival. Verona has a medieval center, Roman remains, and an interesting castle complex to explore.

Turin

Turin

Turin, host of the 2006 Winter Olympics, is a major cultural hub with several museums, elegant shops, and a variety of restaurants. There are also many examples of baroque architecture and historic palaces. Turin has many historic cafes, artisan workshops, and archways. The city is in the northwest of Italy between the Po River and the foothills of the Alps.

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Bologna

Bologna

Bologna is known for its beauty, wealth, and food. Its streets are lined with beautiful archways, making it a good place to walk even in the rain. It has one of Europe’s oldest universities and a medieval center. There are several squares, lined with buildings with porticoes. Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy.

Perugia

Perugia

Perugia is a very cosmopolitan city and home to two universities. It hosts a world-famous jazz festival in the summer. It’s a walled city on a hilltop with great views over the valley and has several important monuments with a central square. The city’s rich history goes back to the ninth century B.C. Perugia is in the center of Italy and is the capital of the region of Umbria.

Genoa

Genoa

Genoa, on the northwest coast of Italy, is Italy’s principal seaport. Genoa was a 2004 European Culture Capital. Genoa has a fascinating aquarium, an interesting port area (where Christopher Columbus sailed from), and a historic center said to be the largest medieval quarter in Europe, with a wealth of churches, palaces, and museums.

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Common Italian Words and Phrases – Italian Culture for kids


You can practice some of these words and phrases that are used in everyday conversational language in Italy.

sì (yes)prego (you’re welcome)

no (no)

si figuri (it’s nothing)

per favore, per piacere, per cortesia (please)

mi scusi (excuse me)

grazie (thank you)

prego (by all means)

molte grazie (thank you very much)

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Italian Children’s Songs – Italian Culture for kids


Some favorite children’s songs include:

Children SingingUna Casa Carina (A Crazy House)

Ci son due coccodrilli (Two Crocodiles)

Nella veccia fattoria (On an Old Small Farm)

Ci vuole un fiore (We Need a Flower)

Giro Giro Tondo (Round and Round)

The Italian National Anthem (Fratelli d’Italia)

La bella lavanderina  (The Beautitul Laundress)

Madama Dore (Madam Dores Daughters)

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The Italian Alphabet (alfabeto italiano) and Language – Italian Culture for kids


The Italian alphabet has 26 letters from A-Z just like the English alphabet. The letters j  (i lunga), k (cappa), w (vi/vu doppia), x (ics) and y (i greca) do appear in the Italian alphabet, but they are thought of as foreign letters. These letters are used mainly in foreign words and pronounced how foreigners would pronounce those specific words. These are the 26 letters and how you pronounce them in Italian:

A (a), B (bi), C (ci), D (di), E (e), F (effe), G (gi), H (acca), I (i), L (elle), M (emme), N (enne), O (o), P (pi), Q (cu), R (erre), S (esse), T (ti), U (u), V (vi/vu), Z (zeta)

Italian MapItalians speak the official language of Italian, which is the Tuscan dialect known as Italiano. Many Italians also speak German, French and Ladin (in some regions in Northern Italy).   Ladin is a dialect that is close to Swiss Romansh and Friulian.  There are many other Italian dialects and each region has its own.  Some of these dialects are very different from the Italiano dialect.  Italian is a Romance language because ancient Romans spoke Latin and Italian is based on Latin. Many of the Italian words have Latin roots. The Italian language has a soft pronunciation.  It sounds like a melody.  That is one reason it is used in opera.  More than 98% of Italians can read and write. Education is highly valued.  Students learn to speak English, French or German in schools.

Other countries that speak Italian are Switzerland, San Marino and The Vatican.  Parts of Croatia, Slovenia, Malta, and Monaco also speak Italian.  There are 66 million speakers of the Italian language in the world. Italians and their descendants who have moved to other countries speak Italian and varied dialects.  Larger populations of Italians live in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Argentina and Australia.

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