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December 23rd, 2012

Conversation, Italian Style

One of the younger priests in our community says Sunday Mass at the local parish in Castel Gandolfo and I usually go along. After Mass, some generous members of the congregation regularly treat us to cappuccino and cornettti (chocolate of course) at one of the local cafés. It's a lovely perq (especially for me, since I have done nothing to deserve the treat) and a great chance for me to practice my Italian in real life situations.

Conversations in a second language are always tricky. Often I have to rely on context to be able to guess the words I haven't heard before. Context, of course can be quicksand...

"So, is it true that an asteroid is going to end the world? Alberto was saying that to me just the other day..."

"He's the one with the two children?"

"No, they were the children of his first wife, who divorced him."

"And his second wife died of an aneurism. She was at the hospital in Albano. He's alone, except that he's living with another woman now."

"The hospital in Albano is where my parents were."

"That was a nice sermon you gave today, Gabriele, about parents. But the microphone wasn't turned up loud enough. Do you think it's because of the renovations in the church?"

"I don't care for those new lights they installed."

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