ITALIAN

• Italian is the official language of Italy, the Vatican, San Marino, Switzerland. It is recognized as the second official language in several districts of Croatia and Slovenia with a significant Italian population.

• The longest Italian word is precipitevolissimevolmente, meaning “very fast” and consists of 26 letters, and according to the latest data, the longest Italian word consists of 29 letters – esofagodermatodigiunoplastica and denotes an operation to remove the stomach and esophagus.

• Perhaps the most difficult patter in Italian is: Trentatré trentini entrarono a Trento tutti e trentatré trotterellando. Translation: thirty-three people from Trento entered the city, all thirty-three waddled.

• n Italian, endings are an incredible advantage, because they allow you to instantly change the semantics of a word. For example, a “shoe” (scarpa) can easily become a crystal shoe of Cinderella (scarpina) or a ski boot (scarpone), and “fare la scarpetta” means gathering the sauce remaining on a plate with bread or dipping a piece of bagel in coffee; the word “love” can easily turn into a “lover” (amoroso), into “cupid” (amorino) or into “lover” (amante); Italian men, having heard the phrase “bella donna” (beauty), ask themselves how beautiful they are: “bellissima” (beautiful), “bellina” (pretty), “bellona” (somewhat faded, with remnants of beauty) or “belloccia” (pleasant in every way); and they will ask if it is of impressive size: donnina, or worthless donnetta, or easily accessible donnaccia. To find out, the Italian lover must go on the attack, unless of course he is a “donnicciola” (slobber, woman).

• The Italian language gave the world many musical terms: piano, sonata, aria, prima donna, concert, adagio, soprano, maestro, virtuoso, etc.

• Restaurants around the world serve pasta, pizza, mozzarella, cappuccino, amaretto.

• The word “Pinnocio” is translated from Italian as “pine head”.

• The Italian word “ciao” means both “hello” and “goodbye”.

• The pronunciation of the Italian language varies significantly in the south and north of Italy. For example, in Tuscany, Italians pronounce “s” as “h”. As a result, the phrase “Coca-Cola con la cannuccia” (Coca-Cola with a straw) sounds like “Hoha-Hola hon la hannuccia”. Such features make it easy to determine from which region of Italy a person comes from.

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