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Learn Itanglish! Lesson 1

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
refrigerator la freegeedera frigorifero
Roslindale Rosindella
Walpole Walpola
Shovel la shubbla pala
pick and shovel peek e shubbla
jackass nu jagessa asino
street lu streeta strada
furniture la fornitura mobili
business lu beeseeneessa commercio
businessman
nu
beeseeneessamenna commercialista
factory la fattoria fabrica
watchman lu watchimenna la guardia
policeman lu puleessa/
lu puleessamenna
la polizia
you bastard you besta bastardo
son of a bitch sonnamabeecha figlio di putana
that bitch qella beetcha quella putana
picnic lu peekinica scampagnata
floor lu flora il pavimento
in the cellar sotta lu sellare cantina or fondaco
Stop & Shop Shop e Shop
Building 19 buldeenga nineteena
watermellon lu melone,
chitrone
anguria or cocomero
the roof leaks sta leekiaia
lu roofa
Washington Washintonna
Napkin lu nappigenna tovagliolo
bathroom lu batteroomma bagno
a piece of gum na gumma
Santa Claus Santaclosa Babbo Natale
Washing machine la washamacheena lavatrice

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