La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's by Dianne Hales

By Dianne Hales

“Italians say that somebody who acquires a brand new language ‘possesses’ it. In my case, Italian possesses me. With Italian racing like blood via my veins, I do certainly see with diverse eyes, listen with varied ears, and drink on the earth with all my senses…”

A get together of the language and tradition of Italy, l. a. Bella Lingua[/i] is the tale of the way a language formed a state, informed opposed to the backdrop of 1 woman’s own quest to talk fluent Italian.

For somebody who has been to Italy, the fable of residing the Italian lifestyles is powerfully seductive. yet to actually turn into Italian, one needs to research the language. this can be how Dianne Hales started her trip. In La Bella Lingua, she brings the tale of her decades-long adventure with the “the world’s so much enjoyed and adorable language” including explorations of Italy’s historical past, literature, paintings, track, video clips, way of life, and foodstuff in a real opera amorosa—a hard work of her love of Italy.

Throughout her first day trip in Italy—with “non parlo Italiano” as her merely Italian phrase—Dianne overjoyed within the fantastic thing about what she observed yet craved comprehension of what she heard. And so she selected to inhabit the language. Over greater than twenty-five years she has studied Italian in each approach attainable: via Berlitz, books, CDs, podcasts, inner most tutorials and dialog teams, and, most significantly, huge blocks of time in Italy. within the strategy she stumbled on that Italian turned not only a keenness and a excitement, yet a passport into Italy’s storia and its very soul. She bargains fascinating insights into what makes Italian the main emotionally expressive of languages, from how the “pronto” (“Ready!”) Italians say once they solution the phone conveys a feeling of anything coming alive, to how even usual issues akin to a towel (asciugamano) or handkerchief (fazzoletto) sound greater in Italian.

She invitations readers to affix her as she strains the evolution of Italian within the zesty graffiti at the partitions of Pompeii, in Dante’s incandescent cantos, and in Boccaccio’s bawdy Decameron. She portrays how social graces stay woven into the material of Italian: even the chipper “ciao,” which does double accountability as “hi” and “bye,” displays centuries of bella figura. and she or he exalts the glories of Italy’s meals and its wealthy and infrequently uproarious gastronomic language: Italians deftly describe a person uptight as a baccala (dried cod), a busybody who noses into every little thing as a prezzemolo (parsley), a valueless or banal motion picture as a polpettone (large meatball).

Like Dianne, readers of La Bella Lingua will locate themselves innamorata, enchanted, by way of Italian, occupied with its saga, tantalized by means of its adventures, hooked on its sound, and ever desirous to spend extra time in its corporation.

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53 Each in-depth semi-structured interview and the focus group was based on the ‘life-course approach’. They were conducted by the author and carried out in Toronto between December 2010 and September 2011. 54 The interviewees were either first-generation Italian immigrants, or second and third-generation Italian Canadians. My aim was to collect memories from inside the Italian community. In particular, the key informers considered were: union leaders, workers, workers’ relatives, employers, and community or association leaders.

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