We don’t speak Italian!

We can say that the italian we speak today is quite international, and this because nowadays we have the habit to use so many foreign words in it that it doesn’t sound a national language at all! We have many loan words, given by the contact between different cultures, and also being these words quite short, they help us to earn some time and speak Italian faster; but they even help us look cool! With the term “cool” I mean to be fancy with our linguistic abilities, and the fact that we are globalized means that we also have to show others that we are some way open-minded.

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Homonyms…

Have you ever gotten confused using a word which has so many different meanings depending on the context, especially if you didn’t know which meaning was applied to each context? Well, I have… I’m talking about the Homonyms: words which have the same spelling and pronunciation, but have different meanings.

Let’s talk about a Spanish homonym that paid my attention: MONO

According to the Spanish Dictionary RAE (Real Academia Española) mono means: Continue reading “Homonyms…”

What do they say/do?

When we Italians listen to someone who is explaining something we don’t understand, we say: “They are speaking Arabic!”; Spanish say: “They are speaking Chinese!”; Brazilians, Norwegians and English say: “They are speaking Greek!/This is Greek to me!”. It is curious right? Each of these three languages is complicated grammatically and culturally, they are three different worlds. Continue reading “What do they say/do?”

What is typical?

Here I am today to write a short list of typical cultural factors of the countries whose languages I speak:

I am a curious person and I always try to discover and learn new things; I can tell you that lately I have taken the B2 level norwegian exam and one of the most popular questions is “What is typical in Norway?“, so then I asked myself: “And what about Italy, Spain, Latin America, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia, Portugal and Brazil?“. So I have been asking all my friends who belong to these cultures and I found out that (I chose the most important 5 typical things):

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