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Old October 06, 2008, 03:59 PM
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Rusty. Tu anche parli italiano? Io parlo soltanto un po'. Ho fatto un corso d'italiano fa tanti anni... e ho dimenticato tuto, ma sarebbe un piacere parlare un po' con qualcuno.
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Non parlo italiano. Lo ho studiato da solo, ma non molto. Lo leggo bene e capisco un po'.
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Old April 15, 2009, 01:11 PM
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Bene, come me. Giá siamo due! È difficile ricordare parole adesso esteso, che fa anni che non parlo con nessuno, se bene a volte sento parlare.
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Old June 27, 2009, 07:46 AM
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Io anche posso parlare italiano, mi piace tantissimo, mi chiedo se in questo chat c´è qualquno che possa dirmi di tanto in tano l´equivalente di certi modismi. I modismi mi afascinano. Non solo in inglese ma anche in italiano e francese. Grazie a tutti.
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Io posso parlare un po' d'italiano, ma non credo que ti posso aiutare con i modismi , non so tanto italiano
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I love the sound of Italian. It contains all the most beautiful sounds. I would love to learn it, but NOT UNTIL I have a better knowledge of Spanish. It is too similar to Spanish and would confuse me too much. I would also like to learn Portuguese for the opposite reason. It sounds so unusual and challenging.

I notice that Spanish takes such words as Spaghetti which is already plural (singular spaghetto) and adds an S to make it doubly plural. The spelling is further mangled so that the Spanish can pronounce it.

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English really botches up Italian too. Have you ever heard of the dish
shrimp scampi? In the USA, a popular drink is called a latte. It's an espresso with steamed milk combo which I am sure is also available at any Starbucks in the UK too. The reality is that latte means milk-- just milk nothing more in Italian.

Portuguese sounds really nice too, and I am surprized you find it odd-sounding. Brazilian Portuguese is especially nice. Written Portuguese is similar to Spanish, even more similar than Italian.
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I love the sound of Italian. It contains all the most beautiful sounds. I would love to learn it, but NOT UNTIL I have a better knowledge of Spanish. It is too similar to Spanish and would confuse me too much. I would also like to learn Portuguese for the opposite reason. It sounds so unusual and challenging.

I notice that Spanish takes such words as Spaghetti which is already plural (singular spaghetto) and adds an S to make it doubly plural. The spelling is further mangled so that the Spanish can pronounce it.

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Yes, and we also say 'los paparazzis' (paparazzo, pl.: paparazzi). Spanish doesn't make the plural with 'i', as in Italian with male names, for instance, but with 's', so we simply add 's' to make the plural: espaguetis, paparazzis.
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English really botches up Italian too. Have you ever heard of the dish
shrimp scampi? In the USA, a popular drink is called a latte. It's an espresso with steamed milk combo which I am sure is also available at any Starbucks in the UK too. The reality is that latte means milk-- just milk nothing more in Italian.

Portuguese sounds really nice too, and I am surprized you find it odd-sounding. Brazilian Portuguese is especially nice. Written Portuguese is similar to Spanish, even more similar than Italian.
Yes. We are now infested with coffee houses selling Latte, usually pronounced Lar-tay. Even worse is McDonalds Filet au (French) Fish (English).
I agree with you about Brazilian Portuguese, it sounds much softer on the ear than the European variety, which is full of harsh Zh and Sh sounds and strange unpronoucable nasal diphthongs.
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