July 5, 2007

Lezioni di Inglese

I need some suggestions on what to teach my colleagues at work. One of them is going to London for August with his girlfriend. He will study at an Italian-language university and wants to get a part-time job as a bellboy. So far he's asked me to translate totally random sentences, like:

"Is there a werewolf in the forest?" - Confusing him, of course, because "were" is pronounced like "where."
"The coffee is brewing." - I had to explain that we use a special word for cooking hot drinks.
"Where can I find a brothel?" - Since I actually knew the word in Italian.
"Stick 'em up, this is a robbery." - In case he doesn't get a job after all.

And sundry other completely useless phrases. I could go the "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" route and teach him phrases like "Will you toss my salad?" but tell him it means, "It's nice to meet you." I don't want to be that mean, and I doubt I could keep a straight face through it. Mostly I just want to teach him random slang terms that I can translate into Italian for him. Tomorrow I plan to teach him the phrase "I'm going commando." But I need more suggestions for either useful or random phrases to teach this poor Italian guy before he leaves for a month in London.

3 comments:

Kristina said...

I decided against "I'm going commando." Instead, I pulled out an old favorite, since I knew all the words in Italian too:

Beans, beans are good for your heart. / The more you eat, the more you fart. / The more you fart, the better you feel, / So why not have beans for every meal?

My colleagues absolutely loved my "poem." And they got to learn the word "fart" in English. I need to scour the web for more of these kinds of rhymes that I've forgotten since I was a kid. How about, "On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese, I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed..."

paul said...

How about:

I see london I see france I see ___'s underpants.

I think there are a few more verses you can probably track down on the internet.

Lynn said...

since he's going with his girlfriend: ---- and ---- up in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g.....

I'm rubber, you're glue? Sticks and stones?

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