Synopses & Reviews
More than just a phrasebook with a sense of humor, Wicked Italian is a cultural survival guide. Confronted with a forgetful innkeeper you'll do better than mumble an apology by learning to say Allora dormiamo nella lobby. ("In that case, we will sleep here in the lobby"). Forced to wait for your dinner you'll say: Bisogna essere Primo Ministro per essere servito qui? ("Must one be Prime Minister to get service here?") Women traveling alone will finally have the phrases they need at their fingertips, such as Contento tu ("Dream on"), Guardi che chiamo la polizia ("I'll call the police"), and Neanche se fosse l'ultimo uomo sulla terra ("Not if you were the last man on earth"). On the other hand, a chapter on "Making Love" teaches the delicate language of amore. Wicked Italian is the next best thing to being named Marcello or Sophia. Ciao!
Say ciao to chaos with the phrasebook that puts you in control.
The Taxi Driver: How to Plead, How to Threaten
Beautiful Names of Revolting Dishes
Lying to Policemen: The National Pastime
Let Your Hands Do the Talking
Cursing a Person's Family for Generations to Come
Meaningful Things to Say About Olive Oil
Men: Unleash the Latin Lover Inside You
Women: Deflate the Latin Lover Behind You
A phrase book and cultural survival guide to put an end to taxi terror and unlock the riddle of museum hours in Italy.
VERBAL SELF DEFENSE
"Vada via che sa di aglio."
Buzz off, garlic breath.
"Non mi tocchi."
Don't touch me.
"Il sole siciliano le ha cotto il cervello."
The Sicilian sun has cooked your brain.
"Neanche se lei fosse l'unico umo sulla terra."
Not if you were the last man on earth.
"Me lasci in pace."
Leave me alone.
"Chiamo la polizia."
I'll call the police.
About the Author
Howard Tomb is the author of the Wicked Travel books. He also writes for the Sunday Travel Section of the New York Times.
Table of Contents
WELCOME TO ITALY
- Welcome to Italy…5
- Hand-to-Hand Conversation…6
- Linguistic Disclaimer…7
THE PRACTICAL TRAVELER
- Classic Border Pleas…8
- Ending Taxi Terror…10
- Understanding Your Fare…11
- Doing the Locomotion…12Note to Men…13
- Train Travel Tips…14
- Throwing the Switch…15
- You Can Win at Hotel Negotiation…16
- Fending Off Gypsy Curses…18
- A Rose Is a Ruse…19
- The Italian Phone System…20
- Prayer to Saint Ilaria, Virgin of Naples…21
- Italian Drugs You May Need…22
- How and When to Quote Dante…23
- Elementary Cursing…24
DRIVE AND SURVIVE
FOOD AND DRINKBeautiful Names of Revolting Dishes and Vice Versa…32Declining the Imperative…34Secrets of the Italian Coffee Shop…35Meaningful Things to Say About Olive Oil…36Your Inevitable Stains…37Your Medical Emergency…38 SHOPPING AND SIGHT-SEEING
- The Automobile: An Italian Love Affair…26
- Prayer to Saint Laura of Rome…27
- Lying to Policemen: The National Pastime…28
- Assorted International Symbols…30
- Shouting in Traffic…31
RELIGION, POLITICS, AND SPORTS
- The Shoe and the Wallet…40
- Prayer to Saint Ferragamo…41
- Armani Versus Our Money…42
- Understanding Italian Business Hours…44
- Solving the Riddle of Museum Hours…46
THOSE FRIENDLY ITALIANS
- Your Emergency Confession…48
- Political Discourse…54
- Authentic Screaming for Spectators…52
- Men: Unleash the Latin Lover Inside You…54
- Women: Deflate the Latin Lover Behind You…56
- Pet Names: Animal…57
- Making Love…58
- Pet Names: Vegetable…59
- Denying Your Infidelity…61
- Pet Names: Celestial…62l
- Effective Letter-Writing…63