Category: italian

Un paio di tappi per le orecchie, per favore

Un paio di tappi per le orecchie, per favore A pair of ear plugs, please Literally: ‘A pair of corks/stoppers/plugs for the ears, for favour’. There used to be a time when I was counting how many sleeps until the

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Ho dormito sul divano

Ho dormito sul divano I have slept on the sofa Literally: ‘(I) have slept on-the sofa’. On average two nights a week I sleep on a sofa that is two feet shorter than I am, lulled by the sound of

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Dr B. aspetta un bambino

Dr B. aspetta un bambino Dr B. is expecting a baby Literally: ‘Dr B waits-for a child’. Dr B ordered a new computer and is this morning impatiently waiting for the stork to deliver his new baby. I expect him

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Ognuno ha quello che si merita

Ognuno ha quello che si merita You get what you deserve Literally: ‘Everyone has what that for-oneself deserves’. Normally I react to Berlusconi winning general elections with sadness and indignation. Last night, as I learnt that millions of Italians had

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Ho messo su quattro libbre in una settimana

Ho messo su quattro libbre in una settimana I have put on four pounds in one week Literally: ‘(I) have put on four pounds in one week’. Three and a half weeks ago I decided to stop counting calories and

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Fai la cosa giusta

Fai la cosa giusta Do the right thing Literally: ‘Do the thing right’. Today Italians are voting to elect a new government for the 62nd time in 63 years. Make up your mind, dudes! I sent my vote to the

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Saluti da Manchester

Saluti da Manchester Greetings from Manchester Literally: ‘Greetings from Manchester’. Well, I say Manchester but really it’s lovely suburban Altrincham, which I think I’ve just realised is in Cheshire. Walked around, looked at mansions, went to a pub, played a

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Non riesco a dormire

Non riesco a dormire I can’t sleep Literally: ‘Not (I) succeed at to-sleep’. Don’t know why, really. I’m pretty sure that watching the season finale of Torchwood S02 is not going to help, but I can’t wait another day to

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Ho rotto il sito

Ho rotto il sito I have broken the website Literally: (I) have broken the site Since I upgraded to WordPress 2.5, new posts do not appear in the RSS feed. True, there have been only three posts, of which two

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Mi hanno clonato il Bancomat

Mi hanno clonato il Bancomat My debit card has been cloned Literally: ‘To-me (they) have cloned the cash/debit card’. Listen to the audio file Just my luck. Three days before going on holidays I notice that someone has just been

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Che ora è?

Che ora è? What time is it? Literally: ‘What time is (it)?’ Listen to the audio file We are travelling to Australia in three days and I have no idea how my body will react to the long journey and

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Non c’è niente di buono alla TV

Non c’è niente di buono alla TV There is nothing good on TV Literally: ‘Not there-is nothing of good at-the TV’. Listen to the audio file And by TV I mean what’s available to watch on Freeview. A parte Skins.

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Venerdì parto per l’Australia

Venerdì parto per l’Australia On Friday I am leaving for Australia Literally: ‘Friday (I) leave for the Australia’. Listen to the audio file On Friday night I am flying to Australia, but because of the time difference and the very

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Quanti telefonini hai?

Quanti telefonini hai? How many mobile phones have you got? Literally: ‘How-many mini-telephones (you) have?’ Listen to the audio file Things may have changed now, but last time I lived in Italy (2001) it was not uncommon for people to

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Buon San Valentino!

Buon San Valentino! Happy Valentine’s Day! Literally: ‘Good Saint Valentine!’ Listen to the audio file People with a delicate stomach or sensitive to blood sugar imbalance, please turn away now. Dr B. has been so good and generous to me

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Ho mangiato troppo a pranzo

Ho mangiato troppo a pranzo I ate too much at lunch Literally: ‘(I) have eaten too-much at lunch’. Listen to the audio file My lunch usually consists of some chicken (pre-cooked and packed from the shop, or steamed or oven-roasted

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Ho un nuovo giocattolo

Ho un nuovo giocattolo I have a new toy Literally: ‘(I) have a new toy’. Listen to the audio file Last Friday Dr B. received a substantial bonus at work and decided to change his plans and go crazy for

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Oggi è il mio quarantunesimo compleanno

Oggi è il mio quarantunesimo compleanno Today is my forty-first birthday Literally: ‘Today is the my forty-first birthday’. Listen to the audio file Oh poo, I’m forty-one today. Forty was not that much of a shock, but forty-one, man, that’s

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Ho mal di testa

Ho mal di testa I have a headache Literally: ‘(I) have bad of head’. Listen to the audio file I went out with a bunch of friends to The Two Brewers last night. As it is my birthday tomorrow everyone

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Quando vieni a casa?

Quando vieni a casa? When are you coming home? Literally: ‘When (you) come to house/home?’ Listen to the audio file I love Saturdays. I love them even more when I get to do stuff with Dr B. He is out

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Ho troppe scarpe

Ho troppe scarpe I have too many shoes Literally: ‘(I) have too-many shoes’. Listen to the audio file See my post on decluttering my shoes. Avevo troppe scarpe I used to have too many shoes Literally: ‘(I) used-to-have too-many shoes’.

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La lista della spesa

La lista della spesa The shopping list Literally: ‘The list of-the shopping’. Listen to the audio file Today’s phrases are each said twice in the audio files, first by Dr B. and then by me. Now that Dr B. is

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Microsoft vuole comprare Yahoo!

Microsoft vuole comprare Yahoo! Microsoft wants to buy Yahoo! Literally: ‘Microsoft wants to-buy Yahoo!’ Listen to the audio file I am sure not many are not aware by now that Microsoft has placed a bid to buy Yahoo! for $44.6bn

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Stamattina ho rotto il mio sito

Stamattina ho rotto il mio sito This morning I broke my website Literally: ‘This-morning (I) have broken the my website’. Listen to the audio file This morning I upgraded WordPress (the software that manages Bitful) to v. 2.3.3 (security update)

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Ho un nuovo collega

Ho un nuovo collega I have a new colleague Literally: ‘(I) have a new colleague Listen to the audio file A new guy started at work today. I had been interviewed for his job and was told I was very

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Camere separate

Camere separate Separate rooms Literally: ‘(Bed)rooms separated’. Listen to the audio file I snore, so Dr B. wears earplugs. But lately I can’t sleep without waking up every couple of hours (loo, nightmare, leg cramps, or a particularly unpleasant combination

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Oggi è il compleanno di mio suocero

Oggi è il compleanno di mio suocero Today is my father-in-law’s birthday Literally: ‘Today is the birthday of my father-in-law’. Listen to the audio file Dr B.’s father is seventy today. I am happy to be joining the festivities, and

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Stasera prendiamo il treno

Stasera prendiamo il treno Tonight we are catching a train Literally: ‘Tonight (we) take the train’. Listen to the audio file We are off to see Dr B.’s parents for the weekend. We will be coming back on Sunday night.

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Mi fa male la gamba destra

Mi fa male la gamba destra My right leg hurts Literally: ‘To-me (it) does/makes bad the leg right’. Listen to the audio file The other night I was woken up several times by painful leg cramps. I spent most of

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Di solito esco di casa alle sette e mezza

Di solito esco di casa alle sette e mezza. I usually leave home at half past seven. Literally: ‘Of usual (I) go-out of house/home at-the seven and half’. Listen to the audio file Morning transport is bad, but I found

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