Happy Friday friends!
Just back from PA last night, and I am beat! Looking forward to a relaxing weekend.
As I write this, I was hoping to finish our final steps in preparation for a visit to Italy in the Fall. We had planned on visiting Rome and the Almalfi Coast, staying in the Sorrento area. My hubby has begun his Italian journey by studying Italian on an app called Duo Lingo. As I witnessed some of his lessons, I thought to myself, “sure it is fun to learn another language, especially if one is to visit the area.” However, having learned mostly individual vocabulary words of Spanish in high school, with little context and communication, I thought, It would be best to focus on those phrases I would most likely USE and NEED in Italy.
Unforeseen Change of Plans
Before I get into the necessary phrases, I had realized that I needed to research the protocol for bringing my medicine into the country. What were Italy’s rules about certain medication? I have never traveled oversees, yet this was of utmost importance as I couldn’t go all the way to Italy to find them confiscating my medications. That would have serious repercussions. Since this was a Gov website I was viewing, there was nowhere to easily locate this individual country’s protocol. Would I need a letter from my doc? Are they even allowed in the country? I found it amazing that I could not find a central location on the Italian Embassy’s website for this protocol.
So, to preface this post, I should say we are now putting the Italy trip on hold until I find out the info I need. No taking chances there!
Instead, we plan on going to Sonoma, Napa and San Fran, other beautiful places I have yet to visit. We will be taking a trip soon in October. I can’t wait!
SO…Since I wrote this post, before the trip was on hold; I still found this post to be relevant as there will be an Italian Vacation in the future. ….
One of the phrases I remember my hubby studying a reciting from his course was “The Monkey Reads a Book.”
Well, I am not Italian, nor could I tell you how they live over there, but I could say with confidence, that there are not many monkeys reading books over there!
Those Important Phrases
Where were the meat and potatoes of the lessons? Now, I can tell you what phrases or things I thought were important or imperative to know while in Italy. I realize this is personal, and everyone’s phrases may be different… but for me…
- Vino ! Per Favore Transalation: Wine, please. ! I have mentioned quite a few times on the blog, how much I enjoy wine and learning about various cultures, flavors. etc. So, I assume, when I am out of wine, I might say this phrase.
- Where is my Husband? My hubby is the type that if we are in Target, he takes one route ( food ) I take another route usually ( makeup or clothes) and we usually have to text each other to find each other in Target. He once in our dating history, before cell phones, bought me a walky- talky. ( Yes, this was awhile ago!) I recall a time when I was in the ladies dressing room using my talky saying ” Breaker Breaker, I am in the women’s dressing room. Out in 15. Over” Needless to say this is Target, we are talking Italy. A . Whole. Country. I don’t plan on losing him !!
- Where is the bathroom? as a lady with the bladder of a small child, combined with Gastroperesis, I imagine I will be needing to know where the facilities are no matter where we are. Plus all of that wine … and food… you know?!
- I need a nap. Although we are staying at a VRBO condo and our host speaks English, I thought I would ask my hubby how to translate, I need a nap? I figure with being 50 and all, and having EDS, and the fatigue that comes with it, I will need naps several times a day in between excursions. It’s a good phrase to know!
- My feet are killing me! – Well, I do think I have that covered as I am going to be taking my Jambu boots and shoes oversees. The memory foam footbed will be a Godsend when we trek Pompeiii or through Rome, Almalfi.
- Help Me! – I just included this in case something happens. I am a great swimmer, but if we rent a boat to Capri and I fall overboard, in the Mediterranean Sea, its important to know how to say “Help” in different languages.
- No, I am Married. Just in case, Fabrizio or Francesco wants to flirt and “take me away ” from everything, I need to be able to say… oh, you are lovely, but I am sorry, “I am married. “
- Id Like to offer — since I am a fashion blogger and I am crazy about Italian leather goods, I love a great purse or jacket, but want a fair price and not “taken for a ride” because I am a foreigner. I need to know what is fair and what I can offer.
- Vino Por Favor – Please, in my favor, pour some more! Ok, I know it doesn’t mean that and I think I might have stated that, but there are some good Italian wines out there and I need to know how to ask for more… 🙂
- Nightclub? Where is X Club? Although I am middle-aged, and I usually go to bed by 10, I may actually live “on the edge” and go to an Italian Nightclub! I would love to see what the scene is like over seas. I do like to dance. I am not going to say I am a great dancer, but I like to dance and express myself! at this #10, you may have to refer to # 1, 2 and 3 again.
I am sure there is more Italian I need to know, but perhaps Google Translate and my hubby can get me by at the start. Things like, “How many steps? ” ( when we are walking back to our VRBO in Sorrento overlooking the sea) and “Molto Pieno” which means “Very full”. ( I love Italian food!)
If you have been to Italy and can think of several phrases that would be of the utmost importance for me, please let me know in the comments. If you enjoyed my list and think these will be helpful, please let me know as well!
Passa un buon fine Settimana ( Have a good weekend!)
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