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Via Regina 26 is a contemporary soap opera. It's about the people living in flats in a late 19th century building in the centre of Milan. There are six floors and four flats on each of them. The chief character is Gelsomina, the caretaker, who looks after the building. She is helped by her husband Angelo, who can turn his hand to most things. They have two children, Renato, who studies medicine, and Chiara, who is 15. They have also a foster child of 9, Monica, who is very shy as yet. Let's see what happens to them in their everyday lives. The Italian used in Via Regina 26 is the sort of language you can't usually find in normal textbooks as it's real Italian conversation, with all the difficulties and charm of the spoken language. Every day log on to our website to read a new episode of this soap, you'll be surprised at the results: your knowledge of Italian will increase by leaps and bounds, and Italian won't feel like a foreign language anymore.
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INCONTRI IN PORTINERIA
PEOPLE MEETING OUTSIDE THE CARETAKER'S LODGE   

 
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PRONUNCIATION ORIGINAL TEXT LITERAL TRANSLATION GOOD TRANSLATION

re stte kwarnta_nkwe Inkntri in portinera
Ore 7.45 Incontri in portineria
Hours seven_and_fortyfive - Encounters in caretaker's_lodge
7.45am - People meeting outside the caretaker's lodge

Bwn_jrno sinnhra, ttto bne?
PROF. FERMI: Buongiorno signora, tutto bene?
Good_day madam, all well?
Good morning, is everything all right?

Benssimo, grtsye. Dezdera kwalkza?
GELSOMINA: Benissimo, grazie. Desidera qualcosa?
Very_well, thanks. Do_you_desire something?
Everythings fine, thank you. Can I do something for you?

S. La tapparlla dl saltto si rtta ma mllhe vwle sapre s njelo la possibilit di fre un slto su da ni!
PROF. FERMI: S. La tapparella del salotto si _rotta e mia moglie vuole sapere se Angelo ha la possibilit di fare un salto su da_noi!
Yes. The sunblind of_the big_room itself has_broken and my wife wants to_know if Angelo has the possibility of to_do a leap up at_us
The sunblind in the sitting room is stuck and my wife wants to know if Angelo could pop up and see if he can mend it or not.

ertamnte professre, ma py trdi, perk adsso njelo dve stre kw in gwardyla mntre pulsko l skle. Appna finto, lhlo mndo su direttamnte!
GELSOMINA: Certamente professore, ma pi tardi, perch adesso Angelo deve stare qui in guardiola mentre pulisco le scale. Appena ho finito, glielo mando su direttamente!
Certainly professor, but more late, because now Angelo must stay here in caretaker's_lodge while I_clean the stairs. As_soon_as I_have_finished, him_to_you I_send up directly!
Certainly professor but later on because Angelo must stay here while I clean the stairs. As soon as I have finished Ill send him up to you.

Arrva la Dottorssa Vasslli k bita al kwrto pyno
Arriva la Dottoressa Vassalli che abita al quarto piano
Arrives the woman_doctor Vassalli who resides at_the fourth floor
Dr. Vassalli arrives who lives on the fourth floor

Bwn_jrno dottorssa Vasslli, si kyde bne la prta adsso?
GELSOMINA: Buongiorno dottoressa Vassalli, si chiude bene la porta adesso?
Good_morning woman_doctor Vassalli, itself closes well the door now?
Good morning Dr. Vassalli. Can you close your front door properly now?

Adsso kyde benssimo! Grtsye a so marto potto dormre trankwlla!
DOTT.SSA VASSALLI: Adesso chiude benissimo! Grazie a suo marito ho potuto dormire tranquilla!
Now it_closes very_well! Thanks to your husband I_have managed to_sleep peaceful(ly)!
I certainly can, thanks to your husband I was able to have a good nights sleep at last.

njelo dtto k lhla sistemer definitivamnte appna avr komprto la nwva serratra!
GELSOMINA: Angelo ha detto che gliela sistemer definitivamente appena avr comprato la nuova serratura!
Angelo has said that it_for_you he_will_fix definitively as_soon_as he_will_have bought the new lock!
Angelo said that hell fix it for good as soon as he has bought the new lock.

Grtsye ankra. Adsso La salto, bwna jornta!
DR.SSA VASSALLI: Grazie ancora. Adesso La saluto, buona giornata!
Thanks again. Now you I_greet, good day!
Thanks again. Now I really have to go Goodbye for now.

Arrvano la sinnhorna Barlli dl trtso pyno la sinnhra Montzyo dl kwnto pyno
Arrivano la signorina Barilli del terzo piano e la signora Montasio del quinto piano
Arrive the Miss Barilli of_the third floor and the Mrs. Montasio of_the fifth floor
Miss Barilli who lives on the third floor and Mrs. Montasio who lives on the fifth arrive

Sinnhra Jelsomna, volvo parlre prpryo kn Li ma adsso purtrppo nn tmpo, sno ja in ritrdo pr l'uffo! i vedymo magri stasra.
SIG.NA BARILLI: Signora Gelsomina, volevo parlare proprio con Lei ma adesso purtroppo non_ho tempo, sono gi in_ritardo per l'ufficio! Ci vediamo magari stasera.
Mrs. Gelsomina, I_wanted to_speak exactly with you but now unfortunately I_haven't time, I_am already in_lateness for the_office! Ourselves we_see (=meet) possibly this_evening.
Gelsomina I wanted to have a word with you but unfortunately Im already late for the office. Maybe see you this evening.

Jelsomna, Sndra kmpye dyi nni domnika invitto l se kujintte pr na festila lle nkwe. Vwle mandre nke la sa pkkola?
SIG.RA MONTASIO: Gelsomina, Sandra compie dieci anni domenica e ha invitato le sue cuginette per una festicciola alle cinque. Vuole mandare anche la sua piccola?
Gelsomaina, Sandra fulfils ten years Sunday and has invited the her little_female_cousins for a small_party at_the five. Do_you_want to_send also the your little_one?
Gelsomina, Alessandra is having a birthday party at five oclock on Sunday afternoon and her little cousins are coming over. Would your little girl like to come?

Mnika? Snts'ltro, sno sikra k sar mlto kontnta! Grtsye Sinnhra Montzyo!
GELSOMINA: Monica? Senz'altro, sono sicura che sar molto contenta! Grazie Signora Montasio!
Monica? Without_else(=absolutely), I_am sure that she_will_be very happy! Thanks Mrs. Montasio!
Monica? Without a doubt, Im sure shell be very happy to come!

Soprajjnje Lno, un ragttso di diasstte nni
Sopraggiunge Lino, un ragazzo di diciassette anni
Arrives Lino, a boy of seventeen years
Lino arrives, a young man of seventeen

Sinnhra Jelsomna, bwn_d! La mmma mi dtto di drle k la nnna avrbbe biznnho di na puntra pr la sa artrzi.
LINO: Signora Gelsomina, buond! La mamma mi ha detto di dirle che la nonna avrebbe bisogno di una puntura per la sua artrosi.
Mrs. Gelsomina, good_day! The mum to_me has told to say_to_you that the grandmother would_have need of an injection for the her arthritis.
Hello Gelsomina. My mother asked me to tell you that my grandmother needs an injection for her arthritis.

Va bne. Allra vngo su in mattinta!
GELSOMINA: Va bene. Allora vengo su in mattinata!
It goes well. Then I_come up in morning!
All right. Ill come up this morning!
 

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PRONUNCIATION ORIGINAL TEXT LITERAL TRANSLATION GOOD TRANSLATION

PRONUNCIATION ORIGINAL TEXT LITERAL TRANSLATION GOOD TRANSLATION

re stte kwarnta_nkwe Inkntri in portinera

Ore 7.45 Incontri in portineria

Hours seven_and_fortyfive - Encounters in caretaker's_lodge

7.45am - People meeting outside the caretaker's lodge

Bwn_jrno sinnhra, ttto bne?

PROF. FERMI: Buongiorno signora, tutto bene?

Good_morning madam, all well?

Good morning, is everything all right?

Benssimo, grtsye. Dezdera kwalkza?

GELSOMINA: Benissimo, grazie. Desidera qualcosa?

Very_well, thanks. Do_you_desire something?

Everythings fine, thank you. Can I do something for you?

S. La tapparlla dl saltto si rtta ma mllhe vwle sapre s njelo la possibilit di fre un slto su da ni!

PROF. FERMI: S. La tapparella del salotto si _rotta e mia moglie vuole sapere se Angelo ha la possibilit di fare un salto su da_noi!

Yes. The sunblind of_the sitting_room itself has_broken and my wife wants to_know if Angelo has the possibility of to_do a leap up at_us

The sunblind in the sitting room is stuck and my wife wants to know if Angelo could pop up and see if he can mend it or not.

ertamnte professre, ma py trdi, perk adsso njelo dve stre kw in gwardyla mntre pulsko l skle. Appna finto, lhlo mndo su direttamnte!

GELSOMINA: Certamente professore, ma pi tardi, perch adesso Angelo deve stare qui in guardiola mentre pulisco le scale. Appena ho finito, glielo mando su direttamente!

Certainly professor, but more late, because now Angelo must stay here in caretaker's_lodge while I_clean the stairs. As_soon_as I_have_finished, him_to_you I_send up directly!

Certainly professor but later on because Angelo must stay here while I clean the stairs. As soon as I have finished Ill send him up to you.

Arrva la Dottorssa Vasslli k bita al kwrto pyno

Arriva la Dottoressa Vassalli che abita al quarto piano

Arrives the woman_doctor Vassalli who resides at_the fourth floor

Dr. Vassalli arrives who lives on the fourth floor

Bwn_jrno dottorssa Vasslli, si kyde bne la prta adsso?

GELSOMINA: Buongiorno dottoressa Vassalli, si chiude bene la porta adesso?

Good_morning woman_doctor Vassalli, itself closes well the door now?

Good morning Dr. Vassalli. Can you close your front door properly now?

Adsso kyde benssimo! Grtsye a so marto potto dormre trankwlla!

DOTT.SSA VASSALLI: Adesso chiude benissimo! Grazie a suo marito ho potuto dormire tranquilla!

Now it_closes very_well! Thanks to your husband I_have managed to_sleep peaceful(ly)!

I certainly can, thanks to your husband I was able to have a good nights sleep at last.

njelo dtto k lhla sistemer definitivamnte appna avr komprto la nwva serratra!

GELSOMINA: Angelo ha detto che gliela sistemer definitivamente appena avr comprato la nuova serratura!

Angelo has said that it_for_you he_will_fix definitively as_soon_as he_will_have bought the new lock!

Angelo said that hell fix it for good as soon as he has bought the new lock.

Grtsye ankra. Adsso La salto, bwna jornta!

DR.SSA VASSALLI: Grazie ancora. Adesso La saluto, buona giornata!

Thanks again. Now you I_greet, good day!

Thanks again. Now I really have to go Goodbye for now.

Arrvano la sinnhorna Barlli dl trtso pyno la sinnhra Montzyo dl kwnto pyno

Arrivano la signorina Barilli del terzo piano e la signora Montasio del quinto piano

Arrive the Miss Barilli of_the third floor and the Mrs. Montasio of_the fifth floor

Miss Barilli who lives on the third floor and Mrs. Montasio who lives on the fifth arrive

Sinnhra Jelsomna, volvo parlre prpryo kn Li ma adsso purtrppo nn tmpo, sno ja in ritrdo pr l'uffo! i vedymo magri stasra.

SIG.NA BARILLI: Signora Gelsomina, volevo parlare proprio con Lei ma adesso purtroppo non_ho tempo, sono gi in_ritardo per l'ufficio! Ci vediamo magari stasera.

Mrs. Gelsomina, I_wanted to_speak exactly with you but now unfortunately I_haven't time, I_am already in_lateness for the_office! Ourselves we_see (=meet) possibly this_evening.

Gelsomina I wanted to have a word with you but unfortunately Im already late for the office. Maybe see you this evening.

Jelsomna, Sndra kmpye dyi nni domnika invitto l se kujintte pr na festila lle nkwe. Vwle mandre nke la sa pkkola?

SIG.RA MONTASIO: Gelsomina, Sandra compie dieci anni domenica e ha invitato le sue cuginette per una festicciola alle cinque. Vuole mandare anche la sua piccola?

Gelsomaina, Sandra fulfils ten years Sunday and has invited the her little_female_cousins for a small_party at_the five. Do_you_want to_send also the your little_one?

Gelsomina, Alessandra is having a birthday party at five oclock on Sunday afternoon and her little cousins are coming over. Would your little girl like to come?

Mnika? Snts'ltro, sno sikra k sar mlto kontnta! Grtsye Sinnhra Montzyo!

GELSOMINA: Monica? Senz'altro, sono sicura che sar molto contenta! Grazie Signora Montasio!

Monica? Without_else(=absolutely), I_am sure that she_will_be very happy! Thanks Mrs. Montasio!

Monica? Without a doubt, Im sure shell be very happy to come!

Soprajjnje Lno, un ragttso di diasstte nni

Sopraggiunge Lino, un ragazzo di diciassette anni

Arrives Lino, a boy of seventeen years

Lino arrives, a young man of seventeen

Sinnhra Jelsomna, bwn_d! La mmma mi dtto di drle k la nnna avrbbe biznnho di na puntra pr la sa artrzi.

LINO: Signora Gelsomina, buond! La mamma mi ha detto di dirle che la nonna avrebbe bisogno di una puntura per la sua artrosi.

Mrs. Gelsomina, good_day! The mum to_me has told to say_to_you that the grandmother would_have need of an injection for the her arthritis.

Hello Gelsomina. My mother asked me to tell you that my grandmother needs an injection for her arthritis.

Va bne. Allra vngo su in mattinta!

GELSOMINA: Va bene. Allora vengo su in mattinata!

It goes well. Then I_come up in morning!

All right. Ill come up this morning!



AVAILABLE RESOURCES 

  1. Six O'Clock a.m. in the Caretaker's Lodge
  2. People Meeting
  3. The Postman
  4. Twenty-one in Anatomy!
  5. Preparing Dinner
  6. The Kurdish Tenant
  7. Public Holiday
  8. Mr. Rostami's Move
  9. A Leak from the Roof
  10. In Search of a Doctor
  11. Little Monica
  12. Alto Adige
  13. Men At Work in the Flat
  14. Valuable Information
  15. The Missing Kitten
  16. Giacinto
  17. A Deal
  18. Mediterranean Cuisine
  19. The operation
  20. A Wedding in Puglia
  21. The Return from Puglia
  22. Wasps Everywhere!
  23. A Trip Around Milan
  24. Ligabue
  25. Fiordaliso
  26. The Missing Kitten
  27. A New Friend
  28. Summer Holiday Problems
  29. Another Registered Letter
  30. It's Typical!
  31. Blackout
  32. The Tempest
  33. Hunting for Customers
  34. The Prescription
  35. Projects for the future
  36. Marco besieged
  37. Small Talk
  38. Three for Two
  39. Fruit and vegetables
  40. A film with Marta Bubrik
  41. The Mystery of the Two Sisters
  42. Gossiping
  43. Gelsomina is on Holiday

 


 

 

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