Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Venting in Two Languages, plus #AUDIO GIVEAWAY



From: HERE COMES THE BODY

 By: Elisabetta Carina 

Author: Maria DiRico (aka/Ellen Byron) 

Series: The Catering Hall Mysteries (Kensington) 

Website: mariadirico.com or cateringhallmysteries.com







Buon giorno, tutti! Hello, all! Did you know my author's mother was born in Italy? And she, plus the author's grandmother, inspired the creation of yours truly? That's right. The thing is, my author doesn't speak fluent Italian because when she was growing up, her mother and Nonna spoke Italian to each other when they didn't want her or her two brothers to understand what they were talking about. Ellen studied Italian in college and became, well, not bad at it. But it's been a while since then. So now when she needs me or anyone else in our series to speak the language, she has to use an online translator. I thought it would be fun to do that today, so first...

IN ITALIAN: Quel suo marito di bassa età, tradisce la mia bellissima nipotina. Sono contento che l'oceano abbia reclamato la sua vita triste e dispiaciuta perché se non lo avesse fatto, lo avrei fatto!

IN ENGLISH: That lowlife husband of hers, cheating on my beautiful granddaughter. I'm glad the ocean claimed his sad, sorry life because if it hadn't, I would have!

There, I said my piece - in TWO languages!

Readers, do you speak a second language? If not, what language would you like to speak? Comment to be entered in a giveaway for an audio code for HERE COMES THE BODY.

42 comments:

  1. I wish I could speak French or Italian. They are both two of the beautiful languages in the world but sadly I never was able to get a real grasp on either on them.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

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    1. Those are the two languages I studied. I never took to French but given my background, I got pretty good at Italian. However, I've lost it all. Nowhere to practice!

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  2. I speak Spanish and Italian and some things in other languages.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. Romance languages are beautiful. I would like to learn more French and also learn Japanese as we have many Japanese relatives

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  4. I know a few words/phrases in Norwegian, but I don't speak it fluently. bella_ringer@hotmail.com

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    1. I'm impressed you know any Norwegian. Very cool.

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  5. I used to do reasonably well with Spanish. But if you don't use it, you loose it.
    At one point I thought it would be wonderful to learn Irish Gallic. I don't think that's going to happen at this point in my life.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. You don't use it, you lose it is exactly what happened with my Italian.

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  6. I used to be able to speak some Spanish but not anymore :(. I wish I still could!

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    1. I hear you. I really miss being able to speak the small amount of Italian I could speak.

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  7. I took French in High School and only remember the phrases that were ingrained into my psyche by my teachers. I wish that sign language had been offered.

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    1. Our daughter took sign language for three years! I wish she'd stuck with it beyond that.

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  8. I can cuss and order food in seven languages. Not a lick of anything else though. I love audiobooks. Thanks for the chance. If I win, I leave reviews :)

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    1. Lol! Re: your ordering ability, that's hilarious!

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  9. I took Spanish in high school but was a long time ago. Love audio book

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  10. I wish I could speak another language. I would like to learn Italian, a friend taught me a few phrases and it's such a beautiful romance language.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I learned German in school. I'd like to learn Italian and Russian.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. I confess, I do not really speak a second language...other than opening my mouth and having my mom come out...lol. After four years of Spanish, I still can read and understand, but only able to understand a few words when a conversation is going on around me. So Spanish would be the easiest for a 73 year old at this point...

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    1. LOL, that's funny about your mom coming out.

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  13. I do not speak a second language. I took two years of Spanish in college but sadly can not speak it now. I work with several interpreters and love listening to them.

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  14. Nope, no second language. We lived in Spain for 4 years while my husband was stationed there with the Air Force and studied Spanish a bit but I think all we really managed to do was order food and ask where the bathroom was!
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. LOL! I know how to say "Where is the bathroom?" in three languages, if you include English.

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  15. I used to be passable at Spanish but I haven't used it in years and have forgotten most of it.

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    1. It's so frustrating when we lose a language, isn't it?

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  16. I took three years of both French and Spanish but I've forgotten most of it. JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. Yes, I do, but not as fluently as when my parents and grandparents were around.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. My mother spoke Italian to my relatives when she DIDN'T want us to know what she was saying!

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  18. I used random.org to generate numbers for not one but two winners. They are Libby Dodd and Sara, whose email I do not have. Sara, please send me your email at ellenbyronla (at) outlook (dot)com and I'll send you your audio code. Libby, I'll get yours off to you. Everyone, thank you so much for reading and commenting! Love you all!! Grazie!

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  19. Although I was born in Toronto (Canada), English is NOT my first language. I spoke Japanese at home until I went to kindergarden. I also took over 12 years of French from grade school to university. Some of my jobs in the Canadian federal government required fluency in French. And I took 2 years of German in university, so I have basic fluency. Just enough to get by when travelling to Germany, Austria & Switzerland for work/vacation. grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

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    1. Grace, that's fascinating!

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  20. I studied French for three years in High School. It was enough to allow me to spend three weeks there my Senior year. While we were told to not speak English, most of our hosts wanted to try their English out on us!! I see Canadian French in my work and can still figure out enough to get by. I also know a few words of Yiddish, courtesy of a friend but you can probably imagine what some of them are.

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  21. I can speak enough french to get around and converse with family. kckendler at gmail dot com

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  22. I would love to learn Italian. Thanks for the chance.
    Jess
    maceoindo (at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. I took German and French in high school. I have a lot of the language courses with the tapes or CDs. Also books. Most in those languages but also a few Spanish courses. I need to get back to them sometime.
    Catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)Com

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  24. I can speak a little Spanish but, I wish I could speak more. It's been many years since I learned in high school but I am surprised by how much I retained.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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