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“GRAZIE” Say thanks like the Italians do.

2018-06-08T17:48:17+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Working as a tour guide, I’ve noticed that there’s a word very difficult to be pronounced by the American clients: “grazie”, the Italian word for "thanks". The most of the time they pronounce it “grazi”, and sometimes, if they can speak Spanish, they try to go with “gracias”, or - in some rare occasions - I've even heard people gratefully saying "greasy", meaning "thanks". [...]

CALL IT BY ITS NAME: “MANTOVA” OR “MANTUA”?

2018-02-20T11:51:46+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dozens of stories go around about that couple of foreign visitors lost in Firenze, desperately looking for “Florence”. It’s an old joke, known in many different variants: sometimes they are in Venezia, looking for “Venice” or in Napoli, searching “Naples”. [...]