PRENDERO' The Italian verb prendere is used not only when we want to say "to take" but also "to have" in the sense of "to have lunch", "to have dinner", "to have a snack", "to have tea", etc. For instance, "what will you have?" becomes in Italian "Cosa prendi?" (plural: "Cosa prendete?" courtesy form: "Cosa prende?")
UNA SUA AMICA one of his (female) friends
A QUANTO PARE Apparently
PORTINERIA A portineria" is at the entrance of a house where there are many flats or offices. It is a room or rooms where the caretaker sits and waits to be of help. For example, the postman delivers the post to them and then they sort it out and put it into the different post boxes. In Italy caretakers are deemed very important because they "protect" the flat dwellers from unwanted salespeople or petty criminals during the day. Also, when people go on holiday they often leave their keys with them so that they can water the flowers and generally see that everything is allright in the flat.
 



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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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09

ACQUA DAL TETTO
A LEAK FROM THE ROOF  


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PRONUNCIATION ORIGINAL TEXT LITERAL TRANSLATION GOOD TRANSLATION

kkwa dal ttto!
Acqua dal tetto!
Water by roof!
A leak from the roof!

Sinnhra Jelsomna! ' un'infiltratsyne d'kkwa nl saltto.
SIG.RA FIUMICELLO (al citofono): Signora Gelsomina! C' un'infiltrazione d'acqua nel salotto.
Lady Gelsomina! There is a ' infiltration of water in lounge.
Signora Gelsomina! I've got water coming into my sitting-room.

Ma kza mi de! Mi dispye davvro.
GELSOMINA: Ma cosa mi dice! Mi dispiace davvero.
But what you say to me! I sorry really.
Water, you say! That's terrible.

Vyne sikuramnte dal ttto!
SIG.RA FIUMICELLO: Viene sicuramente dal tetto!
Is indeed by roof!
I'm pretty sure it comes from the roof!

L kymo immedyatamnte l'amministratre lhi kydo sbito di mandre kwalkno. i sno mlti dnni?
GELSOMINA: Le chiamo immediatamente l'amministratore e gli chiedo subito di mandare qualcuno. Ci sono molti danni?
To you I call immediately the administrator and to him I ask immediately to send someone. Trere are many damage?
I'll telephone the administrator at once and ask him to send someone immediately. Is there any serious damage?

Ma, py k ltro sul sofftto, in un ngolo dlla stntsa.
SIG.RA FIUMICELLO: Mah, pi che altro sul soffitto, in un angolo della stanza.
Mah, more that other on ceiling, in a angle of room.
Well, the worst part is the ceiling, in the corner of the room.

L fo sapre kwalkza appna possbile.
GELSOMINA: Le faccio sapere qualcosa appena possibile.
To you I'll make to know something just possible.
I'll let you know something as soon as possible.

Arrva l'operio kn il so assistnte
Arriva l'operaio con il suo assistente
Arrives the worker with the his assistant.
A workman arrives with his assistant

Sinnhra, bwn_jrno, symo kw pr il ttto.
SIG. PAVAN: Signora, buongiorno, siamo qui per il tetto.
Lady, hello, we are here for the roof.
Good morning. We're here for the roof.

A s, vente kn m. ' l'ashensre fno al ssto pyno pi ' na btola kn na skla in lto k prta al ttto.
GELSOMINA: Ah s, venite con me. C' l'ascensore fino al sesto piano e poi c' una botola con una scala in alto che porta al tetto.
Ah yes, come with me. There is the lift up to sixth floor and then there is a trapdoor with a scale in high that door to roof.
Oh yes. please come with me. There's a lift up to the sixth floor and then you'll see a trap door with a ladder leading up to the roof.

Kspita! Kwsto davvro un ashensre d'annta!
SIG. PAVAN: Caspita! Questo davvero un ascensore d'annata!
Wow! This is really a lift of year!
Goodness me! This really is a very old lift!

rajne, vkkyo, ma L assikro k funtsyna mlto mllho di kwlli modrni.
GELSOMINA: Ha ragione, vecchio, ma Le assicuro che funziona molto meglio di quelli moderni.
(You) have reason, is old, but to_you (I) assure that (it) works very better than those modern.
Yes, you're right. It's old, but I can assure you that it works much better than these modern ones.

A!
SIG. PAVAN: Ah!
Ah!
Oh!

Lhi ashensri di va Rivra, kw vino, pr ezmpyo, sarnno modrni, ma si gwstano failmnte sno smpre l a riparrli.
GELSOMINA: Gli ascensori di via Rivera, qui vicino, per esempio, saranno moderni, ma si guastano facilmente e sono sempre l a ripararli.
The lifts of way Rivera, here near, for example, will modern, but is spoil easily and are ever there to repair.
The lifts in Rivera street, near here, for example, are modern but they are always breaking down and being repaired.

K rumorzo k kwsto ashensre!
SIG. PAVAN: Che rumoroso che questo ascensore!
That loud that is this lift!
How noisy this lift is!

Mllho kwllo k rimanre kyzi dntro ermetikamnte kme sude nllhi ashensri di jji!
GELSOMINA: Meglio quello che rimanere chiusi dentro ermeticamente come succede negli ascensori di oggi!
Better that that remain closed inside hermetically as happens in lifts of today!
I'd sooner have that than remaining imprisoned in those modern lifts without air!

Dvo ammttere k nn ttti i trti.
SIG. PAVAN: Devo ammettere che non ha tutti i torti.
I admit that not has all i wrongs.
I have to admit you are right in a way.

Almno in kwsto, i si pw nke sedre respirre liberamnte!
GELSOMINA: Almeno in questo, ci si pu anche sedere e respirare liberamente!
At least in this, us is can also sit and breathe freely!
At least you can sit down and have air to breathe.

Py trdi
Pi tardi
More late
Later

nno finto di riparre il ttto?
ANGELO: Hanno finito di riparare il tetto?
Have finished of fix the roof?
Have they finished repairing the roof?

Spro di s! nno sporkto ttto l'ashensre kn i lro strumnti attrttsi.
GELSOMINA: Spero di s! Hanno sporcato tutto l'ascensore con i loro strumenti e attrezzi.
Hope of yes! Have soiled all l ' lift with i their tools and tools.
I really hope so. They left the lift in a horrible mess with their tools and things.

, lhi operi...
ANGELO: Eh, gli operai...
Eh, the workers ...
That's workmen for you!

dto na prma passta, ma domni pulir ttto pr bne.
GELSOMINA: Ho dato una prima passata, ma domani pulir tutto per bene.
I given a before past, but tomorrow will clean all for well.
I've just cleaned it a bit, but I'll do a proper job on it tomorrow.

S, adsso trppo trdi, sno ja l stte, d ra di kydere la portinera.
ANGELO: S, adesso troppo tardi, sono gi le sette, ed ora di chiudere la portineria.
Yes, now is too late, are already the seven, and is hours of close the concierge.
Yes, it's too late now. It's already seven o'clock and it's time to close.
 

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PRONUNCIATION ORIGINAL TEXT LITERAL TRANSLATION GOOD TRANSLATION

PRONUNCIATION ORIGINAL TEXT LITERAL TRANSLATION GOOD TRANSLATION

kkwa dal ttto!

Acqua dal tetto!

Water by roof!

A leak from the roof!

Sinnhra Jelsomna! ' un'infiltratsyne d'kkwa nl saltto.

SIG.RA FIUMICELLO (al citofono): Signora Gelsomina! C' un'infiltrazione d'acqua nel salotto.

Lady Gelsomina! There is a ' infiltration of water in lounge.

Signora Gelsomina! I've got water coming into my sitting-room.

Ma kza mi de! Mi dispye davvro.

GELSOMINA: Ma cosa mi dice! Mi dispiace davvero.

But what you say to me! I sorry really.

Water, you say! That's terrible.

Vyne sikuramnte dal ttto!

SIG.RA FIUMICELLO: Viene sicuramente dal tetto!

Is indeed by roof!

I'm pretty sure it comes from the roof!

L kymo immedyatamnte l'amministratre lhi kydo sbito di mandre kwalkno. i sno mlti dnni?

GELSOMINA: Le chiamo immediatamente l'amministratore e gli chiedo subito di mandare qualcuno. Ci sono molti danni?

To you I call immediately the administrator and to him I ask immediately to send someone. Trere are many damage?

I'll telephone the administrator at once and ask him to send someone immediately. Is there any serious damage?

Ma, py k ltro sul sofftto, in un ngolo dlla stntsa.

SIG.RA FIUMICELLO: Mah, pi che altro sul soffitto, in un angolo della stanza.

Mah, more that other on ceiling, in a angle of room.

Well, the worst part is the ceiling, in the corner of the room.

L fo sapre kwalkza appna possbile.

GELSOMINA: Le faccio sapere qualcosa appena possibile.

To you I'll make to know something just possible.

I'll let you know something as soon as possible.

Arrva l'operio kn il so assistnte

Arriva l'operaio con il suo assistente

Arrives the worker with the his assistant.

A workman arrives with his assistant

Sinnhra, bwn_jrno, symo kw pr il ttto.

SIG. PAVAN: Signora, buongiorno, siamo qui per il tetto.

Lady, hello, we are here for the roof.

Good morning. We're here for the roof.

A s, vente kn m. ' l'ashensre fno al ssto pyno pi ' na btola kn na skla in lto k prta al ttto.

GELSOMINA: Ah s, venite con me. C' l'ascensore fino al sesto piano e poi c' una botola con una scala in alto che porta al tetto.

Ah yes, come with me. There is the lift up to sixth floor and then there is a trapdoor with a scale in high that door to roof.

Oh yes. please come with me. There's a lift up to the sixth floor and then you'll see a trap door with a ladder leading up to the roof.

Kspita! Kwsto davvro un ashensre d'annta!

SIG. PAVAN: Caspita! Questo davvero un ascensore d'annata!

Wow! This is really a lift of year!

Goodness me! This really is a very old lift!

rajne, vkkyo, ma L assikro k funtsyna mlto mllho di kwlli modrni.

GELSOMINA: Ha ragione, vecchio, ma Le assicuro che funziona molto meglio di quelli moderni.

(You) have reason, is old, but to_you (I) assure that (it) works very better than those modern.

Yes, you're right. It's old, but I can assure you that it works much better than these modern ones.

A!

SIG. PAVAN: Ah!

Ah!

Oh!

Lhi ashensri di va Rivra, kw vino, pr ezmpyo, sarnno modrni, ma si gwstano failmnte sno smpre l a riparrli.

GELSOMINA: Gli ascensori di via Rivera, qui vicino, per esempio, saranno moderni, ma si guastano facilmente e sono sempre l a ripararli.

The lifts of way Rivera, here near, for example, will modern, but is spoil easily and are ever there to repair.

The lifts in Rivera street, near here, for example, are modern but they are always breaking down and being repaired.

K rumorzo k kwsto ashensre!

SIG. PAVAN: Che rumoroso che questo ascensore!

That loud that is this lift!

How noisy this lift is!

Mllho kwllo k rimanre kyzi dntro ermetikamnte kme sude nllhi ashensri di jji!

GELSOMINA: Meglio quello che rimanere chiusi dentro ermeticamente come succede negli ascensori di oggi!

Better that that remain closed inside hermetically as happens in lifts of today!

I'd sooner have that than remaining imprisoned in those modern lifts without air!

Dvo ammttere k nn ttti i trti.

SIG. PAVAN: Devo ammettere che non ha tutti i torti.

I admit that not has all i wrongs.

I have to admit you are right in a way.

Almno in kwsto, i si pw nke sedre respirre liberamnte!

GELSOMINA: Almeno in questo, ci si pu anche sedere e respirare liberamente!

At least in this, us is can also sit and breathe freely!

At least you can sit down and have air to breathe.

Py trdi

Pi tardi

More late

Later

nno finto di riparre il ttto?

ANGELO: Hanno finito di riparare il tetto?

Have finished of fix the roof?

Have they finished repairing the roof?

Spro di s! nno sporkto ttto l'ashensre kn i lro strumnti attrttsi.

GELSOMINA: Spero di s! Hanno sporcato tutto l'ascensore con i loro strumenti e attrezzi.

Hope of yes! Have soiled all l ' lift with i their tools and tools.

I really hope so. They left the lift in a horrible mess with their tools and things.

, lhi operi...

ANGELO: Eh, gli operai...

Eh, the workers ...

That's workmen for you!

dto na prma passta, ma domni pulir ttto pr bne.

GELSOMINA: Ho dato una prima passata, ma domani pulir tutto per bene.

I given a before past, but tomorrow will clean all for well.

I've just cleaned it a bit, but I'll do a proper job on it tomorrow.

S, adsso trppo trdi, sno ja l stte, d ra di kydere la portinera.

ANGELO: S, adesso troppo tardi, sono gi le sette, ed ora di chiudere la portineria.

Yes, now is too late, are already the seven, and is hours of close the concierge.

Yes, it's too late now. It's already seven o'clock and it's time to close.


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  27. A New Friend
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