Slang, by Serena Gargiulo

Among young people in particular, social media, together with song lyrics, TV series and films, have spread the use of slang, by which I mean colloquial terms and abbreviations inspired by spoken language. On the one hand this can be seen as a sign of social awareness, but there are also critics who believe that…

The Inversion of flows: life stories, by Valentina Caponetti

In my previous post, I discussed the phenomenon of Italian immigration to Albania. I now shift the focus to deeper socio-cultural aspects by providing the stories of three ordinary people. Sergio Zaimi: I’ve been in Italy since 2006, when I was 12. I studied there and found a good job right after finishing school. I…

Albanian Paradise, by Valentina Caponetti

Albania seems to be such a remote place, nearly ignored by tourism and almost forgotten by the rest of the world. Actually, it can be reached easily by plane or by ship and it is just within a one-hour flight from many European capitals. Today there are many prejudices and negative stereotypes about this country,…

Zurich, one of Europe’s most underrated cities by Annalisa Bellomo

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. – Anonymous Last summer my boyfriend and I decided to broaden our horizons and try something new: the city of Zurich. At first I was sceptical, asking myself endless questions like “Why Zurich?” “What are you going to do there?” and I couldn’t really find…

Below the surface of the Eternal City, by Luce Frisenda

Let’s begin with a little bit of culture and history. Rome is often called the Eternal City and this name has long been a sort of synonym. There is no clear information about when and how exactly the city started to be called this way, but the reason  seems obvious: Rome used to be considered…

Spiteful Spinsters and Other Skeptics, by Silvia Chiusi

You might have wondered – this being a place where linguists lie – if anyone has ever conclusively declared what the quintessential virtue of an ideal language learner should be. Is it diligence, or curiosity? Enough money to travel extensively, or perfectionism, or perhaps – an exceptional aural sensitivity? I believe there are good arguments to…

Money Makes the World Go Round, by Carola Castrucci

Starting from 2019, the US will withdraw from UNESCO. What are the causes of this drastic decision? There are of course both political and economic reasons. Before investigating these reasons, let’s take a step back and define more precisely what UNESCO is and what it is trying to accomplish. The Organization, as stated on its…

Are talent shows the end of real music legends? by Fedra Gaudio

“The person in the executive chair may not be the final arbiter of taste for the entire population”, said Frank Zappa during an interview in 1987, announcing the decline of the recording industry. However, the contemporary music situation goes far beyond what Zappa could ever imagine. Nowadays, talent shows are really popular.  For example, America’s Got Talent,…