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My 5 Favorite Italian Words/ Phrases (And How To Use Them)

 

First of all, grazie mille to the Dolce Vita Bloggers hosts Jasmine of Questa Dolce Vita, Kristie of Mamma Prada, and Kelly of Italian at Heart! This month’s topic is 5 Favorite Italian Words and Phrases.

Italian Words and Phrases

So, here is my list of favorite Italian words and phrases:

 

Allora

(Ah-loh-rah)

Okay, so I first learned this word from the show Master of None! “Allora” is a filler word (so, well, then, therefore, etc.). Use this word if you hate awkward silence, or if you are still thinking about what you’re going to say. In Filipino, the closest translation I could think of is “bale”.

Salve

(Sahl- veh)

My good friend from Torino taught me this word. It is a polite way of saying “hello” without being too formal. It is more formal than the friendly “Ciao!” but less formal than “Buongiorno”. It is interesting to note that in my native language (Filipino), there is no direct translation for “hello”. The closest expressions that I could think of is “kumusta” (“how are you”) and “mabuhay” (“may you live”).

Perditi

(Pehr-di-ti)

This word literally means “to lose yourself”. Perditi anche tu, divertiti (Lose yourself, have fun). When you are traveling in a beautiful place like Italy, it is so easy to lose yourself in the moment. As a mom of two boys, I often feel like I lose myself (my identity) because I give so much of myself to them. Check out this mantra bracelet from www.perditi.com:

Come mai?

(Coh-meh-mai)

It is synonymous to “perche?” (“why?”). It literally means “how is it ever possible that?”. I like this expression because my Italian tutor said that I should use this phrase instead of “perche”…if I want to impress other people. Come mai?

Che bello!

(Keh- beh- loh)

It means “how beautiful/ handsome”. So many Italian grandmas have come up to my baby boy Lucas to say “che bello”! (Proud mamma moment.)

Mamma and Lucas #mammaebambino #miobambino #filipinabloggers #mammablogger

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Do you have any favorite Italian words and phrases? Share your thoughts in the comments section! Check out the Dolce Vita Bloggers linky to read about their favorite Italian words!

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A Woman Who ‘Breaks Glass Ceilings’

Happy International Women’s Day!

First of all, thank you #DolceVitaBloggers hosts Kelly (ItalianAtHeart), Jasmine (QuestaDolceVita) and Kristie (MammaPrada). This month’s #DolceVitaBloggers topic is “Inspirational Women”, in honor of International Women’s Day!
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 Rina Benedictos

Inspirational Women

Rina Benedictos lives in Australia with her husband and daughter. She is a dramatic soprano, character actor, host and TV presenter.  Moreover, she has spent the last ten years as a facilitator, mentor, and coach. She is also the creator of the “The Cinderella Challenge”. The challenge is to recognize women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements.

Rina’s Story

U.N. Women

Rina worked as a teacher at the University of the Philippines. She earned a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. Later on, she became involved in programs on social and economic empowerment. These programs helped women break the cycle of harassment and violence. 

Shining Light on Shadows

“2018 marks my 20th year as a Philippine-born educator. I was committed to shining light on shadows. In my home country, the biggest shadow is poverty. Teachers were bearers of the key to knowledge and education. Education is the solution to poverty.”

Shakti Gawain

Breaking Through Glass Ceilings

“Also, I grew up in a patriarchal Filipino society. Gender stereotypes prevailed. Gender role divisions reigned. Furthermore, there were gender inequalities. Gender inequality exists in education, employment, and entrepreneurship. Gender-based harassment and violence were evil shadows. We cast light on these shadows. We ‘broke the glass ceiling’ through education, prevention, and elimination.”

Breaking Through The ‘Bamboo Ceiling’

“2018 marks the milestone for me as an Australian. I am a migrant woman of Asian background. This time, I need to ‘break through the bamboo ceiling’. I face the three-dimensional issues of sexism, classism, and racism. They are a barrier to my social and economic goals.

Multicultural women are underrepresented in leadership positions. They are migrant women from Asian and other non-European backgrounds. Migrant women are at a double disadvantage. This is compared to migrant men and native-born women.

Leadership in Australia is gender-based. Australia is limited without diverse leaders. As a result, we are not making the most out of our multiculturalism. We need to harness the rich and diverse talent in our society. If we do this, then we are not missing out.

I am passionate about developing multicultural women. I do this by honing their leadership skills. Moreover, I encourage cultural change. Most of all, we want to have organisational and management practices that value diversity.”

Do you want to join the Cinderella Challenge?

It is not about fitting into glass slippers. It is about breaking the glass ceiling.

Cinderella, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Post a photo on your most recent achievement on Instagram or Facebook.
  2. Tell us how you made a difference in people’s lives.
  3. Add #cinderellachallenge at the end of your post.
  4. Tag your favorite female achievers!Let us flood our social media with colorful stories of strong and resilient women! 

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Do you want to develop your skills as a leader? Are you a multicultural woman who wants to break cultural barriers? Rina will be going to Siena, Italy in November 2018, so stay tuned for updates. 

Feeling inspired? Share your thoughts in the comments section!


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I Trust And Love You: A Love Letter to Italy #DolceVitaBloggers

My Childhood in the Philippines

Hello! I am Mamma Carmela, the writer of Bellissimamma! I am a Filipina expat living in Italy with my husband and two little boys. Thank you for dropping by!

Do you remember the time when we used to write letters to our friends? Those were the good old days. When I was in second grade, my friends and I would write on scented stationery and end our messages with acronyms of countries such as J.A.P.A.N. (Just Always Pray at Night), I.N.D.I.A. (I Nearly Died in Adoration), and C.H.I.N.A. (Come Here I Need Affection). My favorite was I.T.A.L.Y. (I Trust And Love You). Now, what used to be a corny acronym written at the end of 1990s love letters is now a real promise from one mother to another. I am writing this letter to Italy, my new home.

A Love Letter To Italy

Dear Italy 🇮🇹,

 

I

T-rust

A-nd

L-ove

Y-ou

 

 

Mamma Italia, my adoptive mother, thank you for welcoming us into your family. I trust that we made the right decision to raise our children in your home. You promised me that you will respect my linguistic human rights to speak my native tongue, as you patiently teach me to speak the language of your people. I trust that you will educate your grandchildren, Leon and Lucas, with the knowledge of your history and your culture, and that they will grow up with a multicultural mindset and a global perspective.

ItalySiena, Italy

 

Mamma Italia, I love your majestic beauty that greets me every morning. Every day, I wake up seeing your glorious face. You welcome me with your warm embrace. I promise not to take your love for granted.

Siena, Italy
A Promise

 

I love that my children can freely and safely play in your backyard. They can run and climb and enjoy the great outdoors and breathe your fresh air. We promise to respect and take care of your natural beauty.

Siena, Italy

I love listening to the stories of your youth. Thank you for showing me your precious treasures from the past. We promise to respect your history and your culture.

Lorenzetti

 

The Filipino word “itali” means “to tie” or “to bind”. From now on, our lives are bound to each other. Mi fido e ti amo.

 

Love,

 

Thank you to The #DolceVitaBloggers Hosts Kelly, Jasmine, and Kristie for this month’s link-up, A Love Letter to Italy!

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