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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 FILM CON LA SIGNORA MARTA
A FILM WITH MARTA BUBRIK

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Un flm kn la sinnhra Mrta
Un film con la signora Marta
A film with the lady Marta
A film with Marta Bubrik

Mmma Jelsomna, gwrda, gwrda!
MONICA: Mamma Gelsomina, guarda, guarda!
Mom Gelsomina, look, look!
Mother Gelsomina, look, look!

Kza '?
GELSOMINA: Cosa c'? 
What there is?
Whats the matter?

la sinnhra Mrta dl ssto pyno!
MONICA: la signora Marta del sesto piano!
Is the lady Marta of sixth floor!
Its the the lady who lives on the sixth floor, Marta Bubrik!

Dve? Mnika, kza sti dindo?
GELSOMINA: Dove? Monica, cosa stai dicendo?
Where? Monica, what are_you_saying?
Where? Monica, what are you saying?

In televizyne! la sinnhra Mrta in un flm di kwndo ra jvane!
MONICA: In televisione! la signora Marta in un film di quando era giovane!
In television! Is the lady Marta in a film of when was young!
On television! Its Marta Bubrik in a film when she was young!

In un flm?
GELSOMINA: In un film?
In a film?
In a film?

Ma s, gwrda! Un flm drammtiko.
MONICA: Ma s, guarda! Un film drammatico.
But yes, look! A film dramatic.
Yes, look! Its a very dramatic film.

Jelsomna si avvina gwrda kn attentsyne
Gelsomina si avvicina e guarda con attenzione
Gelsomina is closing and looks_at with attention
Gelsomina walks towards the television and looks at it intently.

Ma s, i rajne, prpryo li! Nn sapvo k fsse un'attre.
GELSOMINA: Ma s, hai ragione, proprio lei! Non sapevo che fosse un'attrice.
But yes, you have reason, is really her! I not knew that was an actress.
Yes, youre right. It really is her! I didnt know she was an actress.

d prpryo brva, si? In kwsto flm fa la prte di na kattva.
MONICA: Ed proprio brava, sai? In questo film fa la parte di una cattiva.
And she_is really good, know? In this film she_does the part of a bad.
Shes really good, you know. In this film she plays the part of a wicked woman.

Jelsomna prnde in mno na rivsta televizva komna a ljjere:
Gelsomina prende in mano una rivista televisiva e comincia a leggere:
Gelsomina takes in hand a magazine tv and begins to read:
Gelsomina picks up a television magazine and starts reading:

Il flm si kyma "La verit, ttta la verit" l'attre priniple prpryo Mrta Bbrik! Ma tu kme i ftto a saprlo?
GELSOMINA: Il film si chiama "La verit, tutta la verit" e l'attrice principale proprio Marta Bubrik! Ma tu come hai fatto a saperlo?
The film is call "The truth, all the truth" and the actress principal is just Marta Bubrik ! But you how made to know_it?
The name of the film is The truth, all the truth and the leading actress really is Marta Bubrik! How come you knew she had been an actress?

M l' dtto Fyordalzo, nke li fa l'attre.
MONICA: Me lha detto Fiordaliso, anche lei fa lattrice.
Me it has said Fiordaliso, also she make the actress.
Fiordaliso told me. Shes an actress too.

Nl pomerjjo
Nel pomeriggio
In_the afternoon
In the afternoon

La dottorssa Don, assistnte sole, sta finndo di bre na tttsa di t.
La dottoressa Don, assistente sociale, sta finendo di bere una tazza di t.
The dr. Don, assistant social, is ending of drink a cup of tea.
Ms. Don, social worker, is drinking her cup of tea.

Grtsye, sinnhra Jelsomna. Allra, kominmo?
DOTT.SSA DON: Grazie, signora Gelsomina. Allora, cominciamo?
Thanks, lady Gelsomina. Then, we_start?
Thank you, Gelsomina. So, shall we start?

S vwle.
GELSOMINA: Se vuole.
If wants.
If you like.

Kz' notto in Mnika durnte kwsti mzi? ' stto kwlke kambyamnto, kwlke problma?
DOTT.SSA DON: Cosha notato in Monica durante questi mesi? C' stato qualche cambiamento, qualche problema?
What have noted in Monica during these months? There has been some change, some issue?
What have you noticed about Monica in the last few months? Has there been any change, any problem?

N, nynte di partikolre risptto a kwnto avevmo disksso tr mzi fa.
GELSOMINA: No, niente di particolare rispetto a quanto avevamo discusso tre mesi fa.
No, nothing of particular respect to how_much we discussed three months ago.
No, nothing in particular since we discussed the matter three months ago.

Kme va il rapprto di Mnika kn Kyra? Kyra riushta ad aettrla?
DOTT.SSA DON: Come va il rapporto di Monica con Chiara? Chiara riuscita ad accettarla?
How go the relationship of Monica with Chiara? Chiara is success to accept_her ?
What is the relationship like between Monica and Chiara? Has Chiara managed to accept her?

Da kwllo k vsto o, s. Adsso smbrano de sorlle normalssime: vnno d'akkrdo , a vlte, ltigano, km' jsto k sa fra sorlle.
GELSOMINA: Da quello che ho visto io, s. Adesso sembrano due sorelle normalissime: vanno d'accordo e, a volte, litigano, com' giusto che sia fra sorelle.
From what that seen I, yes. Now seem two sisters: go in agree and, sometimes, quarrel, like is right that is between sisters.
From what Ive seen, they are fine. Now they seem like normal sisters: they get on and sometimes quarrel, as sisters do.

Rento?
DOTT.SSA DON: E Renato?
And Renato?
And what about Renato?

Mi smbra k i lro rapprti sano bwni, spsso la ayta a fre i kmpiti di matemtika.
GELSOMINA: Mi sembra che i loro rapporti siano buoni, spesso la aiuta a fare i compiti di matematica.
To_me it_seems that the their relationships are good, often helps_her to to do the homeworks of mathematics.
I think they get on well. Renato often helps Monica with her maths homework.

so marto?
DOTT.SSA DON: E suo marito?
And her husband?
And what about your husband?

B, all'intsyo Mnika avva kwzi un snso di diffidntsa ni swi konfrnti, ma adsso komna a skambyre kwlke parla kn li.
GELSOMINA: Beh, all'inizio Monica aveva quasi un senso di diffidenza nei suoi confronti, ma adesso comincia a scambiare qualche parola con lui.
Well, at the beginning Monica had almost a sense of distrust in his comparison, but now begins to exchange some word with him.
Well, at the beginning Monica wasnt very sure about him but now she seems to be able to communicate with him a little.

Kapsko. Nn avr mi konoshto il prpryo pdre ertamnte nn jva!
DOTT.SSA DON: Capisco. Non aver mai conosciuto il proprio padre certamente non giova!
Understand. Not have never known the own father certainly not is useful!
I understand. Never having known her real father doesnt help matters!

Allra, k kza pnsa? Potrmo tenre Mnika? Ormi diventta prte dlla nstra famllha.
GELSOMINA: Allora, che cosa pensa? Potremo tenere Monica? Ormai diventata parte della nostra famiglia.
Then, that what think? We will keep Monica? Now has become part of our family.
So, what do you think? Will we be able to keep Monica? Shes become part of our family now.

Sinnhra Jelsomna, Li sa k parlto nke kn la mastra di Mnika.
DOTT.SSA DON: Signora Gelsomina, Lei sa che ho parlato anche con la maestra di Monica.
Lady Gelsomina, She knows that I spoken also with the teacher of Monica.
Gelsomina, you know Ive spoken to Monicas teacher at school.

S, l s.
GELSOMINA: S, lo so.
Yes, it I know.
Yes, I know.

Mi dtto k il millhoramnto notvole, ma k ankra inditro in alkne matrye.
DOTT.SSA DON: Mi ha detto che il miglioramento notevole, ma che ancora indietro in alcune materie.
To me she told that the improvement is considerable, but that is yet back in some subjects.
She told me that there is a great improvement but shes still behind in some subjects.

vro.
GELSOMINA: vero.
Is true.
Thats true.

Komnkwe nn si prekkupi, o sno py k fele di lashre Mnika nlle se mni. Allra, i vedymo fra un p' di mzi!
DOTT.SSA DON: Comunque non si preoccupi, io sono pi che felice di lasciare Monica nelle sue mani. Allora, ci vediamo fra un po' di mesi!
However not is worry, I'm more that happy of to let Monica in your hands. Then, us see between a few of months!
Anyway, dont worry, Im very happy to leave Monica in your hands. So, well meet again in a few months time!
 

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PRONUNCIATION ORIGINAL TEXT LITERAL TRANSLATION GOOD TRANSLATION

Un flm kn la sinnhra Mrta

Un film con la signora Marta

A film with the lady Marta

A film with Marta Bubrik

Mmma Jelsomna, gwrda, gwrda!

MONICA: Mamma Gelsomina, guarda, guarda!

Mom Gelsomina, look, look!

Mother Gelsomina, look, look!

Kza '?

GELSOMINA: Cosa c'?

What there is?

Whats the matter?

la sinnhra Mrta dl ssto pyno!

MONICA: la signora Marta del sesto piano!

Is the lady Marta of sixth floor!

Its the the lady who lives on the sixth floor, Marta Bubrik!

Dve? Mnika, kza sti dindo?

GELSOMINA: Dove? Monica, cosa stai dicendo?

Where? Monica, what are_you_saying?

Where? Monica, what are you saying?

In televizyne! la sinnhra Mrta in un flm di kwndo ra jvane!

MONICA: In televisione! la signora Marta in un film di quando era giovane!

In television! Is the lady Marta in a film of when was young!

On television! Its Marta Bubrik in a film when she was young!

In un flm?

GELSOMINA: In un film?

In a film?

In a film?

Ma s, gwrda! Un flm drammtiko.

MONICA: Ma s, guarda! Un film drammatico.

But yes, look! A film dramatic.

Yes, look!! Its a very dramatic film.

Jelsomna si avvina gwrda kn attentsyne

Gelsomina si avvicina e guarda con attenzione

Gelsomina is closing and looks_at with attention

Gelsomina walks towards the television and looks at it intently.

Ma s, i rajne, prpryo li! Nn sapvo k fsse un'attre.

GELSOMINA: Ma s, hai ragione, proprio lei! Non sapevo che fosse un'attrice.

But yes, you have reason, is really her! I not knew that was an actress.

Yes, youre right. It really is her! I didnt know she was an actress.

d prpryo brva, si? In kwsto flm fa la prte di na kattva.

MONICA: Ed proprio brava, sai? In questo film fa la parte di una cattiva.

And she_is really good, know? In this film she_does the part of a bad.

Shes really good, you know. In this film she plays the part of a wicked woman.

Jelsomna prnde in mno na rivsta televizva komna a ljjere:

Gelsomina prende in mano una rivista televisiva e comincia a leggere:

Gelsomina takes in hand a magazine tv and begins to read:

Gelsomina picks up a television magazine and starts reading:

Il flm si kyma "La verit, ttta la verit" l'attre priniple prpryo Mrta Bbrik! Ma tu kme i ftto a saprlo?

GELSOMINA: Il film si chiama "La verit, tutta la verit" e l'attrice principale proprio Marta Bubrik! Ma tu come hai fatto a saperlo?

The film is call "The truth, all the truth" and the actress principal is just Marta Bubrik ! But you how made to know_it?

The name of the film is The truth, all the truth and the leading actress really is Marta Bubrik! How come you knew she had been an actress?

M l' dtto Fyordalzo, nke li fa l'attre.

MONICA: Me lha detto Fiordaliso, anche lei fa lattrice.

Me it has said Fiordaliso, also she make the actress.

Fiordaliso told me. Shes an actress too.

Nl pomerjjo

Nel pomeriggio

In_the afternoon

In the afternoon

La dottorssa Don, assistnte sole, sta finndo di bre na tttsa di t.

La dottoressa Don, assistente sociale, sta finendo di bere una tazza di t.

The dr. Don, assistant social, is ending of drink a cup of tea.

Ms. Don, social worker, is drinking her cup of tea.

Grtsye, sinnhra Jelsomna. Allra, kominmo?

DOTT.SSA DON: Grazie, signora Gelsomina. Allora, cominciamo?

Thanks, lady Gelsomina. Then, we_start ?

Thank you, Gelsomina. So, shall we start?

S vwle.

GELSOMINA: Se vuole.

If wants.

If you like.

Kz' notto in Mnika durnte kwsti mzi? ' stto kwlke kambyamnto, kwlke problma?

DOTT.SSA DON: Cosha notato in Monica durante questi mesi? C' stato qualche cambiamento, qualche problema?

What have noted in Monica during these months? There has been some change, some issue?

What have you noticed about Monica in the last few months? Has there been any change, any problem?

N, nynte di partikolre risptto a kwnto avevmo disksso tr mzi fa.

GELSOMINA: No, niente di particolare rispetto a quanto avevamo discusso tre mesi fa.

No, nothing of particular respect to how_much we discussed three months ago.

No, nothing in particular since we discussed the matter three months ago.

Kme va il rapprto di Mnika kn Kyra? Kyra riushta ad aettrla?

DOTT.SSA DON: Come va il rapporto di Monica con Chiara? Chiara riuscita ad accettarla?

How go the relationship of Monica with Chiara? Chiara is success to accept_her ?

What is the relationship like between Monica and Chiara? Has Chiara managed to accept her?

Da kwllo k vsto o, s. Adsso smbrano de sorlle normalssime: vnno d'akkrdo , a vlte, ltigano, km' jsto k sa fra sorlle.

GELSOMINA: Da quello che ho visto io, s. Adesso sembrano due sorelle normalissime: vanno d'accordo e, a volte, litigano, com' giusto che sia fra sorelle.

From what that seen I, yes. Now seem two sisters: go in agree and, sometimes, quarrel, like is right that is between sisters.

From what Ive seen, they are fine. Now they seem like normal sisters: they get on and sometimes quarrel, as sisters do.

Rento?

DOTT.SSA DON: E Renato?

And Renato?

And what about Renato?

Mi smbra k i lro rapprti sano bwni, spsso la ayta a fre i kmpiti di matemtika.

GELSOMINA: Mi sembra che i loro rapporti siano buoni, spesso la aiuta a fare i compiti di matematica.

To_me it_seems that the their relationships are good, often helps_her to to do the homeworks of mathematics.

I think they get on well. Renato often helps Monica with her maths homework.

so marto?

DOTT.SSA DON: E suo marito?

And her husband?

And what about your husband?

B, all'intsyo Mnika avva kwzi un snso di diffidntsa ni swi konfrnti, ma adsso komna a skambyre kwlke parla kn li.

GELSOMINA: Beh, all'inizio Monica aveva quasi un senso di diffidenza nei suoi confronti, ma adesso comincia a scambiare qualche parola con lui.

Well, at the beginning Monica had almost a sense of distrust in his comparison, but now begins to exchange some word with him.

Well, at the beginning Monica wasnt very sure about him but now she seems to be able to communicate with him a little.

Kapsko. Nn avr mi konoshto il prpryo pdre ertamnte nn jva!

DOTT.SSA DON: Capisco. Non aver mai conosciuto il proprio padre certamente non giova!

Understand. Not have never known the own father certainly not is useful!

I understand. Never having known her real father doesnt help matters!

Allra, k kza pnsa? Potrmo tenre Mnika? Ormi diventta prte dlla nstra famllha.

GELSOMINA: Allora, che cosa pensa? Potremo tenere Monica? Ormai diventata parte della nostra famiglia.

Then, that what think? We will keep Monica? Now has become part of our family.

So, what do you think? Will we be able to keep Monica? Shes become part of our family now.

Sinnhra Jelsomna, Li sa k parlto nke kn la mastra di Mnika.

DOTT.SSA DON: Signora Gelsomina, Lei sa che ho parlato anche con la maestra di Monica.

Lady Gelsomina, She knows that I spoken also with the teacher of Monica.

Gelsomina, you know Ive spoken to Monicas teacher at school.

S, l s.

GELSOMINA: S, lo so.

Yes, it I know. 

Yes, I know.

Mi dtto k il millhoramnto notvole, ma k ankra inditro in alkne matrye.

DOTT.SSA DON: Mi ha detto che il miglioramento notevole, ma che ancora indietro in alcune materie.

To me she told that the improvement is considerable, but that is yet back in some subjects.

She told me that there is a great improvement but shes still behind in some subjects.

vro.

GELSOMINA: vero.

Is true.

Thats true.

Komnkwe nn si prekkupi, o sno py k fele di lashre Mnika nlle se mni. Allra, i vedymo fra un p' di mzi!

DOTT.SSA DON: Comunque non si preoccupi, io sono pi che felice di lasciare Monica nelle sue mani. Allora, ci vediamo fra un po' di mesi!

However not is worry, I'm more that happy of to let Monica in your hands. Then, us see between a few of months!

Anyway, dont worry, Im very happy to leave Monica in your hands. So, well meet again in a few months time!


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  5. Preparing Dinner
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  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
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  41. The Mystery of the Two Sisters
  42. Gossiping
  43. Gelsomina is on Holiday

 


 

 

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