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Learn Itanglish! Lesson 2

Itanglish is a language founded by Italian immigrants. Only Italian immigrants and their children understand it. Recent additions to our vocabulary list come from South Hackensack (NJ), from Staten Island (NY) representing what is described as the “Sicilian/Brooklyn” dialect, and from Newton (MA) where most of the residents come from Central Italy, particularly the village of San Donato Valle di Comino and Atina, both in the Frosinone Province of the Lazio region of Italy. Many of these terms may sound familiar. You may have some of your own. Feel free to add to this list! Send me your ideas and contributions. Many thanks, Rita Susi [Email: rita@northendboston.com]

English Itanglish Italian
dishwasher la deeshwasha vastoviglia
McDonalds Meccadonna
cheese

and crackers

cheeze

e creck

pain

in the ass

pain

inee essa

forget

about it

foggedabouda
don’t

worry about it

no

wurree bouda

Dorchester Dochesta
What/where who
In

college

allu collegia
Sandwich nu

sungweech

panino
Switch lu sgueech
Check la checka assegno
Boss lu

bossa

Hanover

Street

Unova

streeta

Sink lu sinka il

lavantino

Jordan

Marsh

George

e Marcia

Ginger

Ale

la gingiarella la

gassoza

To

park

a parká parchegiare
To

drive

a

drayya or a draviya

guidare
Picture lu

piccie

fotografia
Girl ghella ragazza
Nice

Girl

nyza

ghella

brava

ragazza

Girlfriend ghellafrenda la fidanzata
Cruise lu

cruzze

crocera
Seatbelt shitabelta cintura di sicurezza
Thumb dumma
Toe dumma
Farm la

farma

fattoria or campagna
Insurance la

shuranza

assicurazione
To

collect unemployment

a culleta disocupazione
Ashtray l’ashtray portacenere
Usher eeush

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