I love the Italian language....I think it sounds beautiful. Both sets of my grandparents were from Italy...that was their first language. My grandpa....my father's father....was a disc jockey for an all Italian speaking radio station, something I took for granted as a child....something I find so fascinating as an adult. At one point in time, G and I purchased some tapes to help us learn to speak the language fluently....it didn't work. One day I hope to learn more.....our boys seem to have a good start....little did we know that they already speak a little Italian.....
Ross~ "Mom, which language is harder to understand....Japanese or Chinese?"
Me~ "Hmmm, I'm not sure....I don't understand either language."
Ross~ "Me either."
Sam~ "But Ross you understand Spanish"
Ross~ "Not very much....but hey, I do know some Italian.....I know Itsamee, letsaggo and Mamamia!"
Sam~ " Hey yeah, me too....I know Italian.....Itsamee!"
Maybe I should translate for the non-Italian speaking readers........
Itsamee ; pronounced Its-ahhh-me
Used in a sentence- "Hey Sam, itsamee Ross"
Letsahgo ; pronounced lets-ahhh-go
Used in a sentence- "Hey boys, we are late...letsahgo"
Mamamia ; pronounced Mama-me-ah
Used in a sentence- " Mamamia, that's a big pizza"
This all brings back a memory for me....When I was a little girl, my large family would sit around the table eating and chatting. My grandparents would often join us...adding to the conversation. The chatting would be a mix of Italian and English...sometimes English with a strong Italian accent. For years I would hear everyone talk about "medacon". I thought to myself ...."what's a medacon?" Finally, after a few years of wondering, but never questioning anyone about it.....I started repeating the word to myself....medacon....med-a-con....medddd-aaa-con......finally I figured it out. They were saying "American". American...... Medacon.....say it out loud....it's American with an Italian accent. It would be like saying ...."I am Medacon"....I am an American :)