Parlate corsu?

Now that you have a command of Standard Italian (if not then be sure to check our October language class schedule at you might want to explore the rich history of associated Italian dialects. Unlike dialects in English the Italian dialects are languages unto themselves.  Distinct dialects/languages include Venetian, Napolitano, Sicilian and Corsican

Last season City Music Columbus brought in Peppino d’Agostino who when prompted would slip into standard Italian songs and short interactions with the audience. This season for a rare appearance CMC is bringing in a quartet from Corsica, “Barbara Furtuna”. Only one member speaks English so consider attending and listen to their blend of native Corsican and French. An experience not to be missed. The season’s calendar is at – dai un’occhiata!

More about the Corsican dialect, its slow decline and recent rebirth, is at

Italia in Ohio, LLC's photo.
Some sample Corsican expressions to have handy are in this list:
Corsican – Corsu  




Student Spotlight on Nancy McBride

 Italia in Ohio is more than a language opportunity,
it’s a way to connect with others traveling the same path.

Nancy Italia
I’ve always been a traveler and a lover of language. My early influences included grandparents from Poland and Germany. Growing up in Detroit, my mom never learned English until she was in the 4th grade. She continued to speak fluently with my aunts and grandmother but only used Polish in our home to delight us with a few words here and there or give us commands like “get going kid”. Far away places, foreign foods, customs, and people have always intrigued me. My travel bug hit early. At age 13, my parents put me on a train from Detroit to Chicago to visit relatives who lived there. I stayed with my grandmother’s sister and her husband, my uncle Gus. Uncle Gus and I spent a lot of time together and I learned about his journey from Russia to America and his struggle to learn English. He told me (with his thick Russian accent) that it was his goal to learn at least one new word each day.

The opportunity to explore countries, primarily in Europe, started in the late 90s when I attended a family wedding in Belfast, Ireland. In 2003 as a grad student at Capital University, I was asked to travel with undergrad students to Spain where we explored Madrid, Avila, Salamanca, and Toledo. I loved using my limited Spanish-speaking skills to connect with shop owners and waiters. It was the first time I realized that I didn’t necessarily need words to communicate or to develop a connection. A smile, “gracias”, “de nada”, or a small tip got me a nod of recognition and tapas. It was the first time I would experience what I call reverse recognition – receiving an extra tapa or aperitif from the waiter was their way of connecting with me. A thank you, possibly. Whenever this happens I feel honored.

In 2004, I got to experience reverse recognition again when I spent 2 months in Rome as part of my graduate studies for my concentrate, Healthcare Across Cultures. I fell in love with Rome, Italy, the people, the food, and all things Italian. As a transitional student at La Sapienza, I had the opportunity to work with an amazing professor, Julita Sansoni. At the time, Professoressa Sansoni was the only PhD in Rome. Since then, she’s worked tirelessly to develop nurse professionals. Many of them I’ve had the great pleasure to get to know while living there and have stayed in touch with over the years. I try to return to Italy ever 2 to 3 years to maintain connections. When I go to Rome, my friends make me feel like royalty and my circle of contacts continues to grow. I love and cherish each and every one of them.

My journey towards Italian language proficiency has been slow. Becoming good with any language takes daily practice and exposure. Italia in Ohio has provided me with ongoing exposure to the language, customs, food, and people. I’m thankful for the many friends and teachers I’ve met. They are more than fellow students or mentors. They support the traveler and lover of language in me, we connect through the our struggles, and we celebrate our successes. Grazie a tutti per il vostro continuo sostegno e la gentilezza!


Student Spotlight: What did Ricardo do on summer vacation?

ha studiato a salerno e ha visitato l’Italia!

Ricardo Olimpio a Roma
Ricardo Olimpio a Roma

           I have been interested in Italy my entire life.  My grandfather was born in Naples, before the family moved here when he was about 5 and Italian culture has always been part of my family.  In 2004 my dream came true with a tour of Italy – Rome, Florence and Venice.  On our second trip to Italy in 2006 we took a side trip to Tivoli, just east of Rome, on a local bus filled with high school students, talking, laughing and just being kids, and for the first time I felt like I was in Italy.  At that moment I very much wanted to learn to speak Italian. 

            After I retired I began to study the Roman empire and Italian. I tried several computer based Italian courses with little success, but Italia in Ohio has made speaking Italian possible for me.  The classes are great, with people like me who have about the same expertise in Italian.  I have made many new friends, making learning easy and fun.

             I have returned to Italy an additional 5 times (so far).  Knowing more and more Italian makes each trip more interesting and unique, allowing me to see not only the tourist spots, but see real Italy.  While many people in Italy speak some English, not all do, and speaking Italian is helpful and fun.  During my trip in 2014, we stopped by a restaurant in Rome named D’Olimpio’s – my name.  I asked to speak with the owner, but found he spoke no English.  I was very proud of myself when I was able to introduce myself and ask about his family and speak about my family, all in Italian!

            In 2015, I joined Italia in Ohio on a trip to Salerno, Italy.  There, we attended classes at Academia Italiana to learn Italian in Italy and tour the Amalfi coast.   The class I was in was made up of Russians, Japanese, Irish and Swiss students, making the adventure even better.  The Amalfi coast was stunning and the tours were great.  I plan on going again next year, and may even eat the mussels and squid – well maybe.