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Learn Itanglish! Lesson 3

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
Traffic light la luce semafaro
Pink pinghe rosa
Cake la kekka la
torta
New
Hampshire
lu
emmsha
Conncecticut lu conedechetta
A
job, a good job
la
jobba (as in “na jobba bona”) quillo tene na jobba bona, e smatte,
e nu piezze gruosso)
il
lavoro, lavora in banca
Bridal
shower
lu
shawa
Wedding nu
werringa
sposalizio
Cookies ee cukeesa biscotti
Orange juice cookies arangie
juze cukkee
li
biscotte co lu juze
Pocketbook lu
pakkabuk
la
borsa
Bankbook lu bankabuka libro
di banca
Bag la
begga
il sacco
That’s
alright
ez
o rita
Non
fa niente, lascia perdere
That’s
all
ez ohlla Basta
Venetian
blinds
leesh
n bline
persiane
Irish Arishe Irlandese
Library Libreria biblioteca
Party Lu
parri
festa
To
try
attraia provare
To
say in English
di
pe ‘mericane
dire
in Inglese?
Sears
and Roebuck
Seezarobacca
To
say in English
di
pe ‘mericane
dire
in Inglese?
Son
of a gun
Sonnamaganna
That’s
all
etzolla Basta
Goodbye
Jack
goobaya
jek
arrivederci
Jack
I’ll
talk to you later
Tocca
you layra
ci
sentiamo piu tardi
The
box
La
bocassa
scatola
Goodbye
Jack
goobaya
jek
arrivederci
Jack
I’ll
talk to you later
Tocca
you layra
ci sentiamo piu tardi
hot
dog
hotadogga wurtzel
chicken chekkn pollo
back
yard
bakkayarda

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