What topics can I ask about here?

The Italian Language Stack Exchange is for linguists, etymologists, and Italian language enthusiasts, as well as for people who are learning or teaching Italian as a foreign language.

The best questions are those that have specific answers; Italian Language Stack Exchange is not a general discussion forum. Questions on the following topics are welcomed here:

  • Word choice and usage
  • Grammar
  • Etymology (history of words’ development)
  • Regional differences
  • Pronunciation (phonetics and phonology, dialectology)
  • Spelling and punctuation
  • Practical problems you encounter while learning Italian

But please, don’t ask any questions about the following topics. They are out of scope for this site.

  • Proofreading ("are there any mistakes?"), unless the source of concern is clearly specified
  • Writing advice or critique requests
  • "How to improve my Italian?" or "What's a good tool for...?" (this is not constructive anyway)
  • Translation requests
  • Questions about languages other than Italian
  • Requests for resources

Where can I find answers to simple and basic questions?

Please make an effort to research your question before posting it, and be sure to add as much detail as you can when explaining your problem. The more you can tell us, the better answers you'll receive!

If your question is simple and can probably be easily answered by looking it up, then you may find common online internet resources to be of some help. View our list of community recommended resources to find some that may be of help to you.

  • Try a dictionary if you want to know what a word or phrase means, how it evolved, or how it is pronounced.
  • Try a thesaurus if you want to know words or phrases that have a similar meaning to one you already know.

Of course, if your question isn't adequately answered by these resources, feel free to ask here on Italian Language Stack Exchange. Be sure to mention the research you've done and what you're still hoping to learn!

Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question.

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