Parola del Giorno (PdG) was founded in 2005 and was originally a Blogger blog. With the introduction of the iOS app in 2010, the blog migrated to an independent server running WordPress. This November 2016, PdG, turned 11 years old, and we are excited to continue this project that has become an important web site and blog for learning and promoting Italian language and culture.
Update, January 22, 2017: We are currently working on developing an Android app and updating our former iOS app. This has taken long to complete than anticipated due to time and financial constraints, but the project is making slow progress, rest assured! We also have a new publication coming out early next year, too, so stay tuned.
Who started Parola del Giorno?
Parola del Giorno was founded in 2005 by Keith Preble. Keith has lived in Rome, Italy twice (2003-2004; 2012-2015), most recently while pursuing his Master of Arts in government and politics at St. John’s University’s campus in Rome, which he completed in January 2015. He is currently working on his PhD at the University at Albany, SUNY in political science, specializing in international relations and comparative politics. He also has a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University (forthcoming 2017) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, Australia (2003).
Daniele Laudadio joined Parola del Giorno in 2014 and has been providing phrases for the daily words, often suggests themes and words to use, provides the voice-overs for our daily examples and also served as co-author for Il vero italiano 2: Practice Makers Perfect. He has BA and MA from Università di Roma “La Sapienza” in linguistics and translation and speaks Italian, Spanish, and English fluently.