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Italian - get it right

I don't expect any sympathy for this but I have to get it off my chest!

I studied Italian and lived in Italy for two years. It's where I got my love of all things Italian, including Alfa Romeos. The Italians, contrary to popular stereotypes, take pride in what they do, in getting things right, in style and attention to details. It's what makes Alfas superior to other cars. It's why we love them.

The Italian culture has been exported all over the world and adopted by many people. Pizzas, coffee, ice cream, clothes and Alfas. So if we pay homage to the Italians we could at least do them the courtesy of getting their language right.

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If you are an Alfa lover you are an 'alfista'. Two or more Alfa lovers are 'Alfisti'

If you order a Cappuccino, it has two 'p's and two 'c's.

You might like a 'biscotto' with it not a bl**dy 'biscotti'! (that's two biscotto)

And for lunch you might like a 'panino', not a 'panini'! Aaaaargh.

Even the coffee house chains who pass themselves off as Italian (Costa, Caffe Nero) pander to such scandalous misuse of Italian (biscotti and panini in the singular)

I'm not suggesting that everyone learns how to speak Italian but getting a few little words right isn't much to ask.

Alfo Romea anyone?
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is asta la vista right ?
 
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It's hasta la pasta ...
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is asta la vista right ?

Spanish -- Hasta la vista means goodbye
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You might like a 'biscotto' with it not a bl**dy 'biscotti'! (that's two biscotto)


I'll take two, please....
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You can't expect people that can't even get English right to get Italian right.
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I was just thinking that!
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And it's 2 espressi, not 2 espresso ...
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You can't expect people that can't even get English right to get Italian right.

Why you say that? I me now speak perfect the Englis. I learn now many the englis words: Me Asylum Seeker. Give me money. I want free haus for my familia, only ten we are.
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And it's 2 espressi, not 2 espresso ...
We actually never say espresso, just caffe'
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innit
Is that Italian

Serisouly though, I am with you and thanks for the little Italian lesson. Off to go ***** slap Costas
 
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We actually never say espresso, just caffe'
I have built such a relationship (maybe just a caffeine addiction) with the coffee place at the station, that I don't need to say anything other than morning and it is handed to me. Bit of a pain though as I can't not have a coffee now, it would just seem rude
 
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Prefer the sound of being an Alfista. Alfisti just didn't seem right.... and now I know why!
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It's when folk say "EXpresso" that winds me up!!
It's not difficulto is it?
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"Hasta la vista" is Spanish, hombre.




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We actually never say espresso, just caffe'
Aye! There IS no other type of caffe.



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I had to teach the parts oik in Auto-Italia Chertsey (now thankfully no longer an official dealer) what "Sinistra" and "Destra" meant before he could order me the right (actually it was the "sinistra" I wanted) mirror for my P4 once...


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Why you say that? I me now speak perfect the Englis. I learn now many the englis words: Me Asylum Seeker. Give me money. I want free haus for my familia, only ten we are.
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So, does that mean that more than two Alfas are Alfa Romei

And mine is a boy car, so that should be Alfo Romeo
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"Hasta la vista" is Spanish, hombre.




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