Is there anything that you would like to know about Italy and Italians?



rykketid♂

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I'll answer as soon as I have some spare time, sorry x-)

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Ciao! What a nice group this is! Just what the doctor ordered :)

Well, which is the most culturally rich city in Italy (apart from Roma, that is) ? I mean in which city would you find people with a good knowloedge of theatre, music and the lot?

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Thanks a lot :D

As for your question, I'd say Florence and Venice, alongside Rome, are the culturally richest cities in Italy. Indeed they are usually the most visited ones by tourists.

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Thanks for such a comprehensive answer. What's better, it's coming straight out of the horse's mouth(figuratively)!

witnailani

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Ciao!

Ho due domandi per ora (is this correct?),


1.I'm learning Italian in between college at the moment with a view to heading to Italy next year for a long time (as long as I can make it!). My italian is getting better each week but there is one thing that I cannot do at all-roll my r's. Is this vitally important in being understood? Words like vorrei and arrivederci sound so much better with rolled r's but I can't do them. I just make a farty noise and spit everywhere :-) 

2. In my book it says the verb essere is "to be" so I say sono torto e sei ragione for example, but an Italian in Dublin told me that it's esso or something? Sono confusa.

Grazie mille!


 

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Ciao!

The only mistake in your sentence is that the pural form of domanda is domandE. :-)

As for your questions:

1) Well, the rolling R is not 100% vitally important. Personally, I think it really depends on how good is your overall pronunciation, if the non-rolling R is your only imperfection, well that could be acceptable, if instead it's just one of various imperfections, well... things may change a bit. Anyway I think that you should not give up on rolling the R, especially if you plan on staying here in the long-term.

2) Yes, you are right, the verb to be is "essere" but as you may know, some(many?)times you can't just translate from English to Italian. In fact we don't say I'm right/wrong, we literally say something like "I have rightness"/ "I have wrongness" hence "ho ragione", "ho torto".

 

Last thing: if you're a man you should say "sono confuso" :-P

witnailani

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Ah! Thank you so much-grazie mille! 

I still have a year to learn to roll my r's so I won't give up yet I was worried that it might change the meaning of words sometimes but maybe not. Thank you though. I keep going around the house practising and I just spit everywhere :-/

Oh dear I just did the verb avere yesterday in revision and I can't believe I made that mistake. I read that there are a lot of espressioni idiomatiche (I think) con il verbo avere like ho fretta, ho paura di etc. 

Silly me. Ora, non sono confuso. Grazie di nuovo!

 

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Nope, it shouldn't change the meaning of words, unless you totally omit it, but if we actually hear it, even though non-rolled, you should not take any risk.

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Penso che Riccardo è il migliore insegnante della lingua italiana del mondo!!!

Questo è un gruppo molto interessante!!!

Grazie per aiuto!!!

:))

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Ti ringrazio molto! Mi dispiace che in questi mesi ho trascurato moltissimo il gruppo e busuu in generale.