Marone! It’s me and two handsome Italian men – meet Stevie B and Joe Basile, the co-creators of the internet phenomenon known as the Italian American Slang Word of the Day. The Italian language has its own natural charm and beauty, and also includes some of the most passionate and expressive words, and many of them have made their way into English. You don’t have to be Italian to appreciate what Stevie B and Joe have done, but if you grew up in an Italian household, or married into one like I did, you’ll love these short daily YouTube videos. Each provides a quick peek into the life of Stevie B and his extended family including parents, Down the Block Donnie, Fluffy, Medium Petey, and of course, Josephine. It a great cast of characters and we can easily relate to the family dynamic. Each video features an Italian American Slang Word of the Day which is used in context by Stevie B and then translated to American. Learning Italian has never been so easy! Here's what is remarkable about this: there are over 15,000 LIKES on Facebook, and each video gets thousands of views. It seems Stevie B and Joe have struck a nerve. They found a way to perpetuate the language they grew up with and share it with a generation of younger viewers who may not even be familiar with the words of an old-world traditional Italian household. These words are the common connection to our grandparents, aunts, uncles, and parents; and it’s worth the effort to keep them alive. Get ready for some fun! After the show, please check After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live for more info.
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