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 varied eyes, listen with various ears, and drink on the planet with all my senses…”
A social gathering of the language and tradition of Italy, La Bella Lingua is the tale of the way a language formed a country, instructed opposed to the backdrop of 1 woman’s own quest to talk fluent Italian.
For an individual who has been to Italy, the fable of dwelling the Italian existence is powerfully seductive. yet to really develop into Italian, one needs to study the language. this can be how Dianne Hales begun her trip. In La Bella Lingua, she brings the tale of her decades-long adventure with the “the world’s such a lot enjoyed and cute language” including explorations of Italy’s background, literature, paintings, track, videos, way of life, and meals 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 basically Italian phrase—Dianne extremely joyful 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 means attainable: via Berlitz, books, CDs, podcasts, inner most tutorials and dialog teams, and, most significantly, huge blocks of time in Italy. within the method she discovered that Italian grew to become not only a keenness and a excitement, yet a passport into Italy’s storia and its very soul. She bargains captivating insights into what makes Italian the main emotionally expressive of languages, from how the “pronto” (“Ready!”) Italians say after they solution the phone conveys a feeling of whatever coming alive, to how even traditional issues comparable to a towel (asciugamano) or handkerchief (fazzoletto) sound greater in Italian.
She invitations readers to affix her as she lines 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 he or she exalts the glories of Italy’s meals and its wealthy and sometimes 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, serious about its saga, tantalized through its adventures, hooked on its sound, and ever wanting to spend extra time in its corporation.
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