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zittire

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Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb, zittire, which means to shush, to silence or to hush. Remember that zittire is an  -isc- verb like preferirire. (zittisco, zittisci, zittiscezittiscono). See the verb used below in its context:

Con una risposta secca e decisa, “sono fatti miei,” l’attore zittì tutti i giornalisti che gli chiedevano in continuazione della sua vita privata.

With a sharp and firm response,”it’s my business,” the actor silenced all the journalists that were continually asking him about his private life.

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l’idiosincrasia

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun, l’idiosincrasia, which means idiosyncrasy or aversion, dislike. See the noun used below in its context:

La più grande idiosincrasia di mio fratello sono gli insetti: proprio non riesce a stare vicino a un ragno o a una vespa. Si spaventa e comincia a correre come un matto.

Insects are my brother’s biggest idiosyncrasy: he really can’t be near a spider or a wasp. He gets scared and starts to run like crazy.

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il vizio capitale

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun, il vizio capitale, which means deadly sin. There are seven – i sette vizi capitali. Do you know what they are in Italian? Check out our Facebook Page or Twitter to learn more! See the word used below in its context:

Mi diverte chiedere a Gianni quali siano i vizi capitali: arriva fino a cinque ma poi ne lascia sempre fuori due, che sono quasi sempre l’accidia e l’avarizia.

I enjoy asking Gianni what the deadly sins are: he gets to five, but then he always leaves out two, which are almost always sloth and avarice.

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il diniego

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun, il diniego, which means refusal or denial. It is often used with the verb, rispondere (rispondere con un diniego), to mean to refuse, as seen in our example below:

Franco chiese all’impiegato se poteva parlare col direttore ma l’impiegato gli rispose con un diniego chiaro: il direttore non poteva riceverlo perché era occupato.

Franco asked the employee if he could speak with the manager, but the employee outright refused: the manager could not see him because he was busy.

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accartocciare

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Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb, accartocciare, which means to crumple (somethingup. See the verb used below in its context:

Ho provato a scrivere molte lettere ma nessuna mi piaceva: dopo tre righe mi innervosivo e accartocciavo il foglio buttandolo sotto la scrivania.

I tried to write many letters, but I didn’t like any: after three lines, I was getting irritated and was crumpling the paper up, throwing it under the desk.

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l’intenditrice

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Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun, l’intenditrice (f.), which means connoisseur or expert. To describe an expert or connoisseur who is a man, you would use l’intenditore. See the word used below in its context:

La signora al negozio di vini ci ha spiegato nel dettaglio tutte le caratteristiche del vino che abbiamo comprato. Si vede che le piace il suo lavoro e che è davvero un’intenditrice!

The woman at the wine store explained to us in detail all the characteristics of the wine we bought. You can see that she likes her job and is really a connoisseur!

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Thank You!:

I just want to thank everyone for their support and patience on our first ebook project! We have received some positive feedback on Goodreads and Amazon.com. I have received a lot of positive emails, too. I especially want to thank everyone who donated and contributed to the site from May to July. Your support has helped PdG grow and do more!

If you have purchased the book, please consider sharing your opinion as a review where you purchased the book. Reviews really do help books sell, and I think that “Il vero italiano” is a great resource for learning Italian. While one book alone won’t help you be a better speaker without practice, I do think that the book can help students learn some of the nuances of the language that are not often presented in other language learning guides. I think learning Italian requires using a multitude of books and other materials.

Soon we will be publishing “Il vero italiano 2,” a collection of exercises to help practice some of the material presented in the book. Shortly after that, we will be publishing “Il vero italiano 3,” a pronunciation audio guide written with my friend, Danilo (an expert on pronunciation and diction).

Also due out hopefully before the end of 2014 is our short guide on using the subjunctive, and we are also in the process of creating an Italian reader: a collection of original essays on Italian life, culture, art, history, music and more to help learn more about Italy while building your vocabulary and reading skills. More details to follow soon!

Thank you again for keeping PdG going strong!

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inalare

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Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb, inalare, which means to inhale or to breathe in something. See the verb used below in its context:

Questo farmaco per fare effetto deve essere inalato, perché agisce sul naso e sulle vie respiratorie chiuse a causa del raffreddore.

This medicine has to be inhaled in order to work, because it has an effect on the nose and blocked respiratory tracts due to a cold.

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