Well my daughter picked up my error in referring to the two p’s in Cappucino as vowels not consonants. And me a Countdown fan when in the UK where contestants pick vowels and consonants randomly and then have to make up words sometimes amusingly.
What chance do I have therefore in mastering this Italian language that has tenses called past anterior and imperfect progressive. There is even one to convey that fact in the sentence ” If I go to Rome I would buy you a book” the actual meaning is I have no intention of going . Then why say it say I.
It is not an easy language there seem multiple words that mean the same. Take the word face. Viso means face , faccia means face and volto means face so which one do you use ? Well it seems it depends on which area of Italy you are in and what you want to say about a face.
Non means not as in say “mi non piace” – “I do not like it” actually literally in English it mean “me it likes not” but let’s brush over that.
So yesterday I hear on the radio a lady say to another “mi fa un baffo ” Now again literally that means “me it makes a mustache” so to the dictionary I went. It actually means ” I could not give a damn ” Now can you see non in that sentence anywhere. The defense rests.
One benefit is I now know how to say in Italian that great line from Gone with the Wind that Clark Gable as Rett Butler utters :