Links

Blogs

Lexiophiles: A blog created by bab.la for language lovers and the sponsor of The Top 100 Language Lovers Competition.

Dictionaries and Other Language Resources

bab.la: A language-learning portal with a dictionary, vocabulary exercises and games.

Dizy: A practical dictionary with lots of interesting and useful information including synonyms, conjugations, cultural references, word play, and more.

Garzanti Linguistica: This dictionary is also a great resource for students of Italian. In addition to offering definitions of Italian words in Italian, English and French, Garzanti Linguistica features synonyms and antonyms, verb conjugation tables, grammar exercises and much more.

Italiano regionale della Sardegna: A Wikipedia page that presents the history of the Italian language on the island of Sardinia and examples of Sardinian regional Italian.

TurboZaura: An entertaining and informative site that includes everything from an English-Romanesco dictionary and an Introduction to the dialect to “Tutto su Totti (Everything about Totti),” a list of the 207 jokes to date about the famous Roman soccer player (whom I was lucky enough to meet in a pizzeria in Rome).

Wikipedia n sicilianu: It’s a little known fact that Wikipedia is available not only in the major languages, but also in less commonly taught languages, such as Sicilian, and some dialects. Wikipedia in Sicilian is a fun way to familiarize yourself with one of Italy’s most fascinating languages.

Organizations

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a key organization in terms of the promotion of Italian business and culture. The Ministry is extremely important for translators of Italian, as it offers 100 Italian translation grants per year.

National Endowment for the Arts: The NEA offers sizable grants for translations into English of contemporary prose, poetry and drama.

Usspeaksitalian.org: This website belongs to the Osservatorio of the Italian language, which promotes the teaching of the Italian language and culture in the United States, as well as student participation in the AP Italian program.

Publishers and Bookstores

Feltrinelli: Feltrinelli is a major Italian publisher with bookstores all over Italy. This one in Rome’s Largo Argentina is my favorite. I actually tremble with excitement every time I go!

Giunti Editore: One of Italy’s oldest publishers, Giunti has offices in Florence and Milan and is composed of about twenty agencies who work in all sectors of publishing.

Internet Bookshop Italia: Although Amazon.com has an Italian page, Internet Bookshop Italia is Italy’s Amazon.com. It offers the best prices on books, music and a host of other products, and is a great resource for identifying what Italians are reading and how they rate specific books.

Sellerio: I have the utmost respect for this publisher. The late Elvira Sellerio took a risk when she decided to publish Camilleri’s first book, and Sellerio continues to publish books that are innovative with respect to language and content.