Monday, 18 September 2017

music monday ~ N.8

It's that time of the week again!  Music Monday! A little gift from me to you to help improve your Italian language skills, and brighten up your "favourite" day of the week! ;)

This week's edition focuses on singer-songwriter, Ermal Meta.  This 36 year-old musician, was born in Fier, Albania and moved with his family to Bari, Italy at the age of 13. He debuted on the music scene via the band, Ameba4, and eventually moved on to join, "La fame di Camilla."  Apart from some success with his bands, Meta also wrote songs for numerous popular Italian artists, before deciding to launch his solo career in 2013. Since then, Meta has received various awards from Italy's prestigious Sanremo Music Festival, collaborated with famous Italian music artists and participated as a judge on the popular Italian television show, "Amici di Maria De Filippi"

His latest hit, "Ragazza Paradiso" is currently climbing the charts.  This song is a romantic ballad, filled with praises for one's partner.  It discusses the positive impact one person can have on another, and the power of a profound love. 

***You can have the chance to see this song LIVE, as Meta will be touring USA and Canada starting Novemebr 2017. Check out for details.***

Sunday, 17 September 2017


I have long been an advocate for using music to help learn a new language. This is one of the reasons why I use music when teaching foreign languages, and why I started Music Mondays on the blog.  Not only do I enjoy the cultural aspects that music can communicate, but it also offers the chance to learn a language in a fun and engaging way!  Through my own personal experiences and those of my students, I have noted that listening to music in a foreign language greatly helps in the language learning process.

Aside from 1st-hand experiences, research also proves the music and language connection.  One study in particular looked at the correlation between singing and foreign language learning. They found that singing enhanced the brain's ability to recall not only native text, but foreign text as well.  This recall of new language lasted up to 6 months after the original lesson!

Further research proves that music training in young children, greatly impacts their ability to learn a foreign language.  Musical training boosts the brains ability to detect subtle differences between sounds, which is very helpful when learning rules of pronunciation and intonation in foreign language study.  Music training at a young age benefits into adulthood as well, as the study noted that adults who were musically trained at a young age, had an advantage for learning foreign languages, over those who were not.

In addition to music, other creative ways to enhance the language learning process include watching foreign language movies, listening to a foreign language radio station and reading foreign language books.  In one of my recent blog posts, I discuss using these and other fun methods to learn language.  The post highlights the fact that these methods could easily be incorporated into ones everyday routine; this is especially important, as the key to learning new language is to try and immerse oneself in that language and culture.

I recently came across the following interview of Susanna Zaraysky, author of Language is Music, in which she explains the importance of music in language learning, as well as the use of other fun language learning methods like those mentioned above:

Happy language learning! :)

Monday, 11 September 2017


This week's new music is by non other than one of Italy greatest rock stars, Vasco Rossi.  At age 65, Rossi is still "rocking on" and producing great music.  He is a legend in the Italian music industry, providing a sound track for countless lives, young and old.

With his music experiences staring at the young age of 13, when he won a singing festival for youth, Vasco has literally grown up in the music business.  During his career, he has released over 25 albums, and written over 250 songs.  He is comparable to North American music legends, like U2 or The Rolling Stones, and just like them, he too embodies the true definition of "sex, drugs and rock n' roll," with his carefree lifestyle and provocative lyrics.  He even describes such a desired life in one of his greatest hits, Vita Spericolata.

Currently, Rossi is chart topping with the song entitled, Come Nelle Favole, which means, "Like in Fairytales."  It's a beautifully romantic song, which describes the heights two people can achieve when in love.  Vasco describes this idealistic life with beautifully simple aspects such as laying on the couch with one another talking about nothing in particular, or drinking and laughing in a bar together. Once again Rossi enraptures his fans with his prophetically styled lyrics, raspy signature voice, and heavy-riffed melody.

References: BBC Music and Billboard
Lyric Translation: lyrics; revisions by Viva la Dolce

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Fendi inspired fall fashion

With the weather turning cooler everyday, fall fashion is slowly taking over the style scene.  One of the fun trends found in this year's season is the faux fur cuff, as seen all over the European runways from Italy to Portugal to Spain. 

The Italian brand, Fendi, has included this trend in a variety of their pieces, including this gorgeous jacket below:

If you're loving this trend as much as me, you will want to check out the selection of similar (and slightly more affordable!) pieces I have rounded up below.  Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017


With a Labour Day long weekend full of family festivities, this week's Music Monday got shifted a bit, however it is here nevertheless and it comes packed with a powerful message!

The latest instalment in Viva la Dolce's Music Mondays is by one of Italy's top hit makers, Giorgia.  This woman has reigned queen in Italy's music scene for years, and she doesn't look like she is stopping any time soon.  Her latest work, "Credo," is a beautiful, upbeat song, which promotes the idea of believing in oneself. It's a song about forgetting about the past, and looking to one's future and all the possibilities one can dream of. As the song's catchy chorus states, "Credo nella luce delle idee, che il vento non può spegnere, io credo in questa vita, credo in me" ("I believe in the light of the ideas, that the wind cannot burn out, I believe in this life, I believe in me.")

This song is fitting during this time of year, as the fall season and back-to-school, bring forth a time of change.  I hope this song will inspire you, as it does me, to always believe in yourself and what you can achieve!  Happy listening!

As usual, the lyrics with full translation are below the video. However, I have also chosen to feature the video with lyrics so that you can follow along as you listen.

Translation by with edits by Viva la Dolce

Thursday, 31 August 2017


It's that time of year again... back to school!  

I've teamed up with a bunch of great bloggers to help you zen your way through the upcoming school year!  Get your back to school season started right with our amazing round-up of back to school posts!  Here you'll find everything from meal planning to travel safety and so much more!

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Back to School Driving Safety Tips | Blog Link: Fab Working Mom Life

The back to school season means more traffic for us commuters and more opportunities for not-so-safe situations on the road.  Let's take a moment to think about back to school safety and specifically driving safety.

DIY Rose Gold Mamma's Toolbox | Blog Link: Little Bit of Learning

Back to school is about getting the kids organized...But it also means time for you to get yourself organized for the new school year.  Learn how to make a DIY Mamma's Toolbox! Now you can organize your mom cave or office, because who doesn't want to look at a beautiful chalkboard floral designed toolbox while they work?  Pick and choose the labels that fit what YOU need this back to school season.

Back to School Books to Prepare for that First Day | Blog Link: Live Love Learn Gracefully

It's back to school time!  There is no better way to prepare (other than shopping) than by reading a few back to school books.  Whether to help prepare or ease the jitters, this list is perfect!

A Letter to My Future Self as School Starts BackBlog Link: A Life With a Little 

It's time for the kids to go back to school, but around here we aren't going back to school just yet.  This letter to myself is all about giving yourself permission to say no during the school year.  As moms, we need to give ourselves a little grace in the midst of school bag packing, carpooling, sports schedules, homework helping, and everything else we do regularly.  Take a moment to relax, read up, and give yourself permission to say no sometimes.

Meal Planning and Why it's so ImportantBlog Link: A Boy and His Mom

Back to school is a busy time for everyone.  Getting back into routines, extra-curricular activities, making lunches, and homework can all take up time in your day.  Having a meal plan in place and having the right foods in your home can reduce the stress of feeding all the hungry members of your family and give you more time for your other daily activities,

Back to School - Breakfast 3 waysBlog Link: Mama Indulgences

Is it just me or did the summer fly by?  With "back to school" slowly creeping up on us, I am sharing easy 3-in-1 breakfast recipes.  That's right: 1 base 3 different ways!

Kid Friendly Overnight OatsBlog Link: Travels With Tots

A healthy breakfast is so important to make sure your kids start their school day on the right foot.  Here's my recipe for fast, easy, nutritious, and delicious overnight oats that your kiddos (and you) will love!

Monday, 28 August 2017

Music Monday ~ N.5

For this week's Music Monday, Viva la Dolce is featuring the sounds of 22 year-old, Francesca Michelin. Her song, Vulcano, (Volcano), has recently entered the charts, and is steadily rising.

With back-to-school just around the corner and cooler temperatures on the way, this song is the perfect fit for this time of year.  You will note that the lyrics step away from the typical sand, sun and summer romance that we have been hearing in some of the past Music Monday features over the last few weeks.  Even the video takes a nod to the changing seasons as Francesca tries on a couple different jackets over her metallic one shoulder top.  

In this song, the key vocabulary word is volcano, or as stated in the song, vulcano. As the singer discusses an all-consuming love and the state of confusion it is leaving her in, she mentions many other words starting with the letter V, such as:

VolontĂ  -  will/desire
Vagare -   wander
Vertigine - confusion (N.B. this word typical means, vertigo, however in the song it is being used in the figurative sense)

Have fun listening and learning!


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