Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday: The Italian Edition (#1)


As promised, here's my first Italian edition of the Wondrous Words Wednesday. This is hosted by Kathy of BermudaOnion's Weblog. Last week I said an idea hit me to participate with Italian words and I present you my first three words:

gestualità meaning gestures. Altri fanno riferimento a gli spaghetti, al romanticismo o alla moda; talvolta citano l'eccessiva gestualità, l'essere rumorosi, il talento musicale, la classe e la creatività. 
In English: Others refer to spaghetti, to romance or fashion; sometimes citing excessive gestures, being noisy, the musical talent, the class and the creativity.

This is related to an article I was reading about Stereotipi: veri o falsi (Italian Stereotypes: True or False?). Continuing on, here are two more from the same article:

bandiera meaning flag. Per di più, i colori della pizza margherita sono gli stessi della bandiera dell'Italia: la mozzarella è bianca, il pomodoro rosso e il basilico verde.
In English: Furthermore, the colors on the Margherita pizza are the same as the flag of Italy: the mozzarella is white, the tomato red and the basil green.

sportello meaning car door. In secondo luogo, possiamo sicuramente osservare che ancora oggi molti uomini italiani passano a prendere la ragazza a casa e la riaccompagnano, aprono e chiudono lo sportello della machina per farla salire e scendere, e le offrono la cena.
In English: Secondly, we can definitely observe that even today many Italian men take the lady back home, they open and close the car door to let her get on and off, and they offer dinner.
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That's all I have for today! Don't you love Italy already?

I find my journey to learning Italian is a wonderful one and I'm getting better at comprehending texts. These days I try to read aloud more often in order to practice speaking the language. More for you next Wednesday!