Nothing Against St. Patrick, but I’m Italian, give me The Feast of St. Joseph

Let me start by saying that I have no animosity towards the Irish. Even though my first wife was Irish, I hold no grudge against all of those from the Emerald Isle. I even think that Lucky Charms are magically delicious. However, I am not Irish even on St. Patrick’s Day. When I was a … Continue reading Nothing Against St. Patrick, but I’m Italian, give me The Feast of St. Joseph

Italians Don’t Speak Dialects. Or Do They?

Often you will hear people refer to the languages spoken in the various regions of Italy as dialects. Someone will say they speak the Florentine dialect or the Apulian dialect. I am currently reading the Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante, who frequently refers to characters using dialect. The reality is that the languages spoken in … Continue reading Italians Don’t Speak Dialects. Or Do They?