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Learn Italian with the NEW My Flashcards System (beta)

Premium Members, your Premium Account just got a whole lot more powerful! My Flashcards now allows you to study the Italian words you want by importing lists from audio and video lessons, your My WordBank and the Italian Core Word Lists 2000. Here’s a quick rundown of the new features:

My Flashcards Dashboard: My Flashcards have a brand new interface. Import words from any audio and video lesson, My WordBank and the Core Word Lists. Create, edit and delete as many decks as you want!


Create a New Deck: How you want to study is completely up to you! You control what displays on the front and back of cards. Create new decks out of the existing words in My Flashcards. Simple pick the words, name your deck and you’re ready to study.


Front of Card Display: The new My Flashcards load fast and are easy to use. Test yourself with native audio recordings. When you’re ready for the answer, simply click on the card to flip it over.

Back of Card Display: Learning sometimes isn’t as simple as just Right or Wrong. Our smart spaced repetition system will evaluate your progress from the three answer choices so you test more of what you need. Get extra review with sample sentences and audio.


My Stats: We track your progress in My Stats. Don’t just learn new words - master them! This chart will keep you motivated to master all the words in your deck!


My Flashcards is still in beta mode, which means, we’re still working out some kinks. If you’re a Premium Member, head over to My Flashcards under My Tools to try them out. These flashcards are part of your Premium Subscription. Something not working? Send us a message at .

Not a Premium Member? For a limited time only, get 1-Month of Premium Access to for only $5 - that’s even cheaper than our regular priced Basic 1-Month Plan! Use coupon code FLASHCARDS at checkout to get Premium for $5.00. Hurry! This offer ends on June 30th, 2011!

“With the Fly” per favore!

“Waiter, there’s a fly in my cup!”
How many times have we heard jokes and real anecdotes of this nature?
However, did you know that in Italy, some people like to drink their coffee “with the fly”?

Coffee is always present in a typical Italian breakfast, which usually consists of light pastries, croissants, and the simple bread, butter and jam.
Italian style coffee though, has many variations and is usually much more concentrated and strong that the American one, and is usually served in a smaller cup.
In Italy, your coffee can be served in many variations, the most popular ones being the espresso, made by machine; and the napoletano, prepared home-made style and in small kettles.

Furthermore, coffee can be machiato (spotted, with a dash of milk), or corretto (laced, with liquour).

And surprisingly enough, you can order your cup of coffee “con la mosca” (literally, “with the fly”)!

This means that inside the little coffee cup, you will be able to find either:

- a chocolate


- a real coffee bean

In Italy, coffee is as rich and interesting as its culture. Next time you have an Italian breakfast, surprise the locals and request “the fly” in your cup!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year From!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from everyone here at! We’re grateful to have listeners just like you, and we’re eagerly waiting for the upcoming year to learn Italian together!

And when the New Year comes around, be sure to make a resolution to study Italian with!

Have a healthy and happy holiday season.

From the team!