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The Queen Margherita Method of Learning Italian

I studied Spanish in high school and Latin in high school and college but it wasn’t until I started to study Italian that I began to have what I refer to as a true “language experience”.  It happened unexpectedly through a series of trips to Italy to reconnect with our Italian family in Milan. Our cousin Lidia, who is a teacher, began my Italian education with a sing song rhyme she would repeat every time we would be eating. In un ristorante, trattorie, in her apartment; everywhere and anywhere there was food.

la regina Margherita mangiava il pollo con le dita

What I learned from this little jingle about Margherita Maria Teresa Giovanna, Queen of Italy, is that she liked to eat chicken with her fingers! But more than that I began to appreciate the melodic beauty of the Italian language with its soft rolling R’s and light curling of the tongue and I began to think that I would like to learn and speak this language. And so I have.

View our Slideshare presentation on Learning Italian in Courses, a unique method that pairs food and travel to learn and speak Italian.



Pamela Marasco is the founder and owner of The Cositutti Group, a travel and lifestyle resource for the food, wine, art and design of Northern Italy, Tuscany and Umbria where she travels extensively with her Italian family and friends taste testing regional Italian food for, a unique on-line shopping experience that connects you to the authentic flavors of the Italy. With an undergraduate degree in the biological sciences and a graduate degree in education, Pam is committed to farming practices and educational programs that ensure the true flavors of Italy are preserved and protected. You can learn more about her travels in Italy at Her recent books include Seeing and Savoring Italy - A Taste and Travel Journey through Northern Italy, Tuscany and Umbria and Pasta for a Princess. She also teaches on-line classes for the IUPUI School of BioInformatics / Human-Centering Computing/ Library and Information Science.

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