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My name is Federica and I am the director and the teacher at Lingo Language School in Cape Town, in South Africa. I have always loved teaching languages in a humorous way to make the learning more fun. Very often I have been told by my students I should record my lessons or create some videos so more people can benefit of my teaching and my humor.

The Lingo Lady Show was born with the idea of teaching some Italian in an entertaining way through videos. The idea was NOT to create a full language course but a bunch of short clips with some fun lessons on how to sound Italian, or not to sound Italian, on the meaning of certain Italian expressions like “Allora” or “Pronto” or how to swear o understand when Italians swear at you. Basically a show not just about the language but also about the culture and the food and fashion and much more…

Once I started recording some Italian clips, I decided to apply the same format for other languages as well, like English, French, Spanish and German. I want non South Africans to also learn some Afrikaans or African languages like Xhosa. I don’t speak all these languages myself but I like the idea of learning with the audience and show the learning process, so everybody can be part of it and help out.

Fun is the common denominator together with forgiveness. Mistakes are part of the learning and if we don’t forgive ourselves for not speaking perfectly, we will never learn the right way!

How to irritate Italians in 10 words – Part 1

How to irritate Italians in only 10 words - Part 1

How to irritate Italians in 10 words – Part 2

How to irratate Italians in only 10 words - Part 2

If you are an English speaking person, it is quite difficult to learn any language derived from Latin. Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese all have quite an elaborated grammatical structure, each with a few challenges when it comes to pronunciation as well.
If you choose to go for Italian, bear in mind that one of the biggest challenges for you is the correct pronunciation of our vowels. To explain to my students how careful they must be the Italian vowels, I  have introduced:
the hashtag #respectthevowels
Do you know that 90% of the Italian words end in vowels? If you wish to say “please” in Italian and you try with “POR FAVOR”, you have made your first mistake. Why would you speak Spanish in Rome? Now that you know, you must think more and make sure that all the words end with a vowel.
We, Italians, are very aware how difficult it is to learn our language but yet, we get annoyed when foreigners keep on making the same mistakes when they try to speak our language and omit vowels or pronounce them the way they want. A good example, is the translation of “ thank you” in Italian. “Grazie” is pronounced with an EH at the end which needs to be emphasized. To Say “Gra-tzi” and omit the last eh is not correct. To say ‘ Gratziah” is also wrong because E is not A.
In this video, I will list 10 expressions and words that non-Italians often say incorrectly in our language which could easily be fixed. Hope you don’t mind the “Lingo Lady: reprimanding you (of course in a humour way) so that you get traumatised and get over your mistakes quickly.

Italian words with food everybody always gets wrong!

Food crime in Italian - Part 1

It is indeed an understatement to say that Italian food is well known, liked and appreciated all around the world. I don’t actually know many people who don’t like Italian food and the range of Italian restaurants spread all around the world certainly proves this. Being Italian myself, I see a big challenge though in keeping the “genuine” and ‘traditional” Italian food the same way it was passed on by all our wise grandparents to our new generation. Somehow, along the line, the “original” dishes got lost in translation….literally. I am not just talking about the ingredients themselves, (there is enough material to create another video only on this) abut also the spelling and the pronunciation of all these beautiful dishes.

How many of you has said: “OMW, I love brusheda!”, not knowing that the right pronunciation is actually “bruce-ketta”?

I do understand, though, that just because Italian food is so good and loved by so many, it doesn’t mean that everybody should know how to pronounce the words correctly. What it counts, after all is eating it. Right? But I am a language teacher and I am Italian and for some reason, we, Italians, wish that all our food could get pronounced “properly”, in Italy and out of Italy.

This video is about “food crime” happening in the kitchen, linguistically speaking. I am referring to all the distorted versions that foreigners present when they sit at an Italian restaurant abroad, and wait for their “noki”, unaware that to our ears, it sounds like they are waiting for a Japanese starter.

This video will help you laugh at yourself without being judgmental (auto-irony is very healthy) and learn the right pronunciation and spelling so you can brag to be a good Italian connoisseur next time you order at a restaurant on behalf of your friends.

Top South African slang words to learn before coming to the “SA”


Have you just booked your flight ticket to South Africa and you cannot wait to come to the “Rainbow nation” on holiday? It doesn’t matter if you are a native English speaking or a foreigner who speaks English relatively well, the truth is that the English spoken in this country is very different from the one spoken by the queen. Besides that, we have 11 official languages, spoken all around the country which makes South Africa a real “rainbow nation” when it comes to languages. Out of the 11 official languages, English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu are the most spoken ones.

If you want to integrate with your local community, it would be cool if you could learn some of the South African slang, so you can understand what South Africans mean when they chat to you, even if they speak English to you. I am referring to some expressions which are really common and they are used a lot on a daily basis in South Africa. Some of them are English words which have a different meaning from what the Cambridge dictionary states, for example “shame”, some others come from Afrikaans, such has “braai” and others from African languages, like “yebo” or “kief”.

I put together in this video some of the most popular ones. I also added an explanation in English of what the word or expression means and I added subtitles as well, to make your understanding easier. Hope you enjoy this video and feel free to share it with your friends who wish to come to South Africa on holiday and to live here for a while.