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Learn Itanglish! Lesson 4

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
bathroom bacahouse +
backowse (for outhouse) + gli butroom
Bagno
chicken Chickenee Pollo
Elvis Presley Ivaloo Presidente Elvis
Presley
Elizabeth Taylor Vabba Dalla Elizabeth Taylor
icebox izabogges Frigorifero
American Meddaganne Americano
apple Abbella Mela
worms woimas Verma
Fourth of July foatjuly Quattro di Luglio
the trash gli tresh Immodozia or
Spazzatura
the cellar gli cell Cantina
the dryer la drya Asciugatrice
bridal shower gli showa Bridal Shower
girl la gella Ragazza
look at this lookadis Guarda a questo
to shovel a shubbhela La pala
pictures gli peech Fotografie
nurse la nossah Infermiera
cake la kekka La Torta
ticket la tiketa Il
Biglietto
Polish people Polacas
store gli shtorr Negozio
scratch ticket skwatchticke’t Gratti
e vinci
trunk gli tronk bagaliaio
driveway gli dryway Strada privata
bullshit boogashit Bullshit
fence la fenza Rincinto
insurance la shuranza Assicurazione
son of a bitch sonumabetch Figlio di Puttana

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