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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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UN AFFARE
A DEAL   


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PRONUNCIATION GUIDE ORIGINAL TEXT LITERAL TRANSLATION GOOD TRANSLATION

Un affre
Un affare
A deal
A bargain

Mno mle k la jta skolstika a Pdova di Kyra stta kanellta.
GELSOMINA: Meno male che la gita scolastica a Padova di Chiara stata cancellata.
Less evil that the trip school to Padua of Chiara is cancelled .
Im so glad Chiaras school trip to Padua has been cancelled.

Perk mno mle?
ANGELO: Perch meno male?
Because less evil?
Why are you glad?

Perk Rento invitto a prntso Brbara Ysef, l'amko di tmpi dl lio.
GELSOMINA: Perch Renato ha invitato a pranzo Barbara e Yusef, lamico dei tempi del liceo.
Because Renato has invited to lunch Barbara and Yusef, the friend of times of high school.
Because Renato has invited Barbara and Yusef, his old lyceum friend, to lunch.

Ma la prma vlta k Brbara vyne invitta uffialmnte a kza nstra. Strno k Rento bbya invitto nke il so amko.
ANGELO: Ma la prima volta che Barbara viene invitata ufficialmente a casa nostra. Strano che Renato abbia invitato anche il suo amico.
But is the first time that Barbara is invited officially to home our. Strange that Renato has invited also the his friend.
But its the first time hes officially invited Barbara home. Its strange hes also getting his friend Yusef to come too.

Probabilmnte ftto koz di propzito perk nn dssimo trppa importntsa lla kza.
GELSOMINA: Probabilmente ha fatto cos di proposito perch non dessimo troppa importanza alla cosa.
Probably has made so on purpose because not we gave too importance to the thing.
Probably hes done that on purpose because he doesnt want it all to seem too important.

i, kwnto sno komplikti i jvani d'jji. Kwndo ti prezentto i myi jenitri pr la prma vlta, ra perk volvo informrli k i volevmo spozre!
ANGELO: Ahi, quanto sono complicati i giovani doggi. Quando ti ho presentato ai miei genitori per la prima volta, era perch volevo informarli che ci volevamo sposare!
Ouch, how much are complicated the youngs of today. When you I presented to my parents for the first time, was because I wanted inform them that we wanted marry!
How complicated young people are nowadays. When I introduced you to my parents for the first time, it was because I wanted to tell them we were getting married.

, i tmpi sno kambyti, njelo!
GELSOMINA: Eh, i tempi sono cambiati, Angelo!
Eh, the times are changed, Angelo!
Times have changed, Angelo, havent they!

Jelsomna sta pulndo l skle, la Sinnhra Pyerrani pre la prta di kza
Gelsomina sta pulendo le scale, la Signora Pierracini apre la porta di casa
Gelsomina is cleaning the stairs, the Lady Pierracini opens the door of home.
Gelsomina is cleaning the stairs when Mrs. Pierracini opens her front door

A, sinnhra Jelsomna. Dvo assolutamnte frle vedre kwllo k abbymo trovto al merkatno domnika mattna.Vnga dntro un momnto.
SIG.RA PIERRACINI: Ah, signora Gelsomina. Devo assolutamente farLe vedere quello che abbiamo trovato al mercatino domenica mattina. Venga dentro un momento.
Ah, lady Gelsomina. I must absolutely to her see what we found to the marketplace sunday morning. Come inside a moment.
Gelsomina, I simply must show you what we found at the car boot sale on Sunday morning. Do come in.

Ma k blle sdye! Prpryo kme kwlle di na vlta. kme sno kmode!
GELSOMINA: Ma che belle sedie! Proprio come quelle di una volta. E come sono comode!
But that beautiful chairs! Own as those of a time. And as are comfortable!
What beautiful chairs! Theyre just like the ones they used to make. How comfortable they are!

Sno ftte da un artijno kn autntika pllha di Vynna intreta. L skyenle, pi, di fjjo kurvto.
SIG.RA PIERRACINI: Sono fatte da un artigiano con autentica paglia di Vienna intrecciata. Lo schienale, poi, di faggio curvato.
Are made from a craftsman with authentic straw of Vienna braided. The back, then, is of beech curved.
Theyve been made by a real craftsman with authentic Viennese straw, and the back of the chairs is made of curved beech.

Nn kme l sdye di adsso k sno ttte impersonli rjide kme un bakkal.
GELSOMINA: Non come le sedie di adesso che sono tutte impersonali e rigide come un baccal.
Not as the chairs of now that are all impersonal and rigid as a codfish.
Not like the chairs they manufacture now which are completely impersonal and rigid like a frozen fish.

Adsso per indovni kwnto l abbymo pagte...
SIG.RA PIERRACINI: Adesso per indovini quanto le abbiamo pagate
Now but guess you how much them we paid...
Now guess how much we paid for them

Ma, nn ida. Almno inkwnta uro l'na.
GELSOMINA: Mah, non ho idea. Almeno cinquanta euro luna.
Mah, not I have idea. At least fifty euro the each.
Really, Ive got no idea. At least fifty euros each, I imagine.

N! Slo tr uro l'na!
SIG.RA PIERRACINI: No! Solo tre euro luna!
No! Only three euro the each!
Far from it! Only three euros each!

Kwsto s k un affre!
GELSOMINA: Questo s che un affare!
This yes that is a deal!
Well, that was a bargain!
 

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PRONUNCIATION GUIDE ORIGINAL TEXT LITERAL TRANSLATION GOOD TRANSLATION

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE ORIGINAL TEXT LITERAL TRANSLATION GOOD TRANSLATION

Un affre

Un affare

A deal

A bargain

Mno mle k la jta skolstika a Pdova di Kyra stta kanellta.

GELSOMINA: Meno male che la gita scolastica a Padova di Chiara stata cancellata.

Less evil that the trip school to Padua of Chiara is cancelled .

Im so glad Chiaras school trip to Padua has been cancelled.

Perk mno mle?

ANGELO: Perch meno male?

Because less evil?

Why are you glad?

Perk Rento invitto a prntso Brbara Ysef, l'amko di tmpi dl lio.

GELSOMINA: Perch Renato ha invitato a pranzo Barbara e Yusef, lamico dei tempi del liceo.

Because Renato has invited to lunch Barbara and Yusef, the friend of times of high school.

Because Renato has invited Barbara and Yusef, his old lyceum friend, to lunch.

Ma la prma vlta k Brbara vyne invitta uffialmnte a kza nstra. Strno k Rento bbya invitto nke il so amko.

ANGELO: Ma la prima volta che Barbara viene invitata ufficialmente a casa nostra. Strano che Renato abbia invitato anche il suo amico.

But is the first time that Barbara is invited officially to home our. Strange that Renato has invited also the his friend.

But its the first time hes officially invited Barbara home. Its strange hes also getting his friend Yusef to come too.

Probabilmnte ftto koz di propzito perk nn dssimo trppa importntsa lla kza.

GELSOMINA: Probabilmente ha fatto cos di proposito perch non dessimo troppa importanza alla cosa.

Probably has made so on purpose because not we gave too importance to the thing.

Probably hes done that on purpose because he doesnt want it all to seem too important.

i, kwnto sno komplikti i jvani d'jji. Kwndo ti prezentto i myi jenitri pr la prma vlta, ra perk volvo informrli k i volevmo spozre!

ANGELO: Ahi, quanto sono complicati i giovani doggi. Quando ti ho presentato ai miei genitori per la prima volta, era perch volevo informarli che ci volevamo sposare!

Ouch, how much are complicated the youngs of today. When you I presented to my parents for the first time, was because I wanted inform them that we wanted marry!

How complicated young people are nowadays. When I introduced you to my parents for the first time, it was because I wanted to tell them we were getting married.

, i tmpi sno kambyti, njelo!

GELSOMINA: Eh, i tempi sono cambiati, Angelo!

Eh, the times are changed, Angelo!

Times have changed, Angelo, havent they!

Jelsomna sta pulndo l skle, la Sinnhra Pyerrani pre la prta di kza

Gelsomina sta pulendo le scale, la Signora Pierracini apre la porta di casa

Gelsomina is cleaning the stairs, the Lady Pierracini opens the door of home.

Gelsomina is cleaning the stairs when Mrs. Pierracini opens her front door

A, sinnhra Jelsomna. Dvo assolutamnte frle vedre kwllo k abbymo trovto al merkatno domnika mattna.Vnga dntro un momnto.

SIG.RA PIERRACINI: Ah, signora Gelsomina. Devo assolutamente farLe vedere quello che abbiamo trovato al mercatino domenica mattina. Venga dentro un momento.

Ah, lady Gelsomina. I must absolutely to her see what we found to the marketplace sunday morning. Come inside a moment.

Gelsomina, I simply must show you what we found at the car boot sale on Sunday morning. Do come in.

Ma k blle sdye! Prpryo kme kwlle di na vlta. kme sno kmode!

GELSOMINA: Ma che belle sedie! Proprio come quelle di una volta. E come sono comode!

But that beautiful chairs! Own as those of a time. And as are comfortable!

What beautiful chairs! Theyre just like the ones they used to make. How comfortable they are!

Sno ftte da un artijno kn autntika pllha di Vynna intreta. L skyenle, pi, di fjjo kurvto.

SIG.RA PIERRACINI: Sono fatte da un artigiano con autentica paglia di Vienna intrecciata. Lo schienale, poi, di faggio curvato.

Are made from a craftsman with authentic straw of Vienna braided. The back, then, is of beech curved.

Theyve been made by a real craftsman with authentic Viennese straw, and the back of the chairs is made of curved beech.

Nn kme l sdye di adsso k sno ttte impersonli rjide kme un bakkal.

GELSOMINA: Non come le sedie di adesso che sono tutte impersonali e rigide come un baccal.

Not as the chairs of now that are all impersonal and rigid as a codfish.

Not like the chairs they manufacture now which are completely impersonal and rigid like a frozen fish.

Adsso per indovni kwnto l abbymo pagte...

SIG.RA PIERRACINI: Adesso per indovini quanto le abbiamo pagate

Now but guess you how much them we paid...

Now guess how much we paid for them

Ma, nn ida. Almno inkwnta uro l'na.

GELSOMINA: Mah, non ho idea. Almeno cinquanta euro luna.

Mah, not I have idea. At least fifty euro the each.

Really, Ive got no idea. At least fifty euros each, I imagine.

N! Slo tr uro l'na!

SIG.RA PIERRACINI: No! Solo tre euro luna!

No! Only three euro the each!

Far from it! Only three euros each!

Kwsto s k un affre!

GELSOMINA: Questo s che un affare!

This yes that is a deal!

Well, that was a bargain!


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  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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