La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italy and the Most Enchanting Language in the World

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'Pronto! (Ready!), Italians say when they answer the telephone. And ready they are - to talk, laugh, curse, debate, woo, sing, lament. Their native tongue conveys a sense of something coming alive ...' For anyone who has ever travelled to Italy or simply dreams of going there one day, the fantasy of living la dolce vita is powerfully seductive. Dianne Hales is no exception, but she also fell truly, madly and deeply in love with the language, fascinated by its story and its stories, tantalised by its adventures and ever eager to spend more time in its company.Italians say that someone who acquires a new language 'possesses' it. 'In my case, Italian possesses me. With Italian racing like blood through my veins, I do indeed see with different eyes, hear with different ears, and drink in the world with all my senses...' The result is La Bella Lingua, a joyous, funny and warmly affectionate celebration of Italy, its history, literature, food, music, movies and its people, who helped her not only to learn the world's most loved and lovable language but how to really live like a true Italian. 'La Bella Lingua is the kind of book you want to savour slowly,like a small piece of fine chocolate melting on your tongue...' Michelle Ward, the sweet life blog at www.lolalina.com 'An economic crisis has a way of curbing one's ability to rent a Tuscan villa for the summer, but, thankfully, there are other, more affordable means to indulge a passion for all things Italian. Among them: getting a copy of La Bella Lingua.' SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

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Dianne Hales
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Descrizione libro HarperCollins 2010 Paperback, 2010. Condizione libro: Very Good. For anyone who has ever travelled to Italy or just likes to dream about it, the fantasy of living the Italian life is powerfully seductive. Dianne Hales is no exception, but she also fell truly, madly and deeply in love with the language, fascinated by its story and its stories, tantalised by its adventures, addicted to its sound, and ever eager to spend more time in its company. 'Italians say that someone who acquires a new language 'possesses' it. In my case, Italian possesses me. With Italian racing like blood through my veins, I do indeed see with different eyes, hear with different ears, and drink in the world with all my senses'. 320 pages. Codice libro della libreria 756126

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Descrizione libro HarperCollins 2010 Paperback, 2010. Condizione libro: Very Good. For anyone who has ever travelled to Italy or just likes to dream about it, the fantasy of living the Italian life is powerfully seductive. Dianne Hales is no exception, but she also fell truly, madly and deeply in love with the language, fascinated by its story and its stories, tantalised by its adventures, addicted to its sound, and ever eager to spend more time in its company. 'Italians say that someone who acquires a new language 'possesses' it. In my case, Italian possesses me. With Italian racing like blood through my veins, I do indeed see with different eyes, hear with different ears, and drink in the world with all my senses'. 320 pages. Codice libro della libreria 1077638

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Descrizione libro HarperCollins Publishers. Australia Pty Ltd, Australia, 2010. Soft cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. 1st.Australian Edition. 5.1/2" x 8.1/2". Codice libro della libreria 057159

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Descrizione libro HarperCollins, Australia, 2010. Softcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: No Dust Jacket. "Italians say that someone who acquires a new language 'possesses' it. In my case, Italian possesses me. With Italian racing like blood through my veins, I do indeed see with different eyes, hear with different ears, and drink in the world with all my senses." A celebration of the language and culture of Italy, La Bella Lingua is the story of how a language shaped a nation, told against the backdrop of one woman's personal quest to speak fluent Italian. For anyone who has been to Italy, the fantasy of living the Italian life is powerfully seductive. But to truly become Italian, one must learn the language. This is how Dianne Hales began her journey. In La Bella Lingua, she brings the story of her decades-long experience with the "the world's most loved and lovable language" together with explorations of Italy's history, literature, art, music, movies, lifestyle, and food in a true opera amorosa--a labor of her love of Italy. Throughout her first excursion in Italy--with "non parlo Italiano" as her only Italian phrase--Dianne delighted in the beauty of what she saw but craved comprehension of what she heard. And so she chose to inhabit the language. Over more than twenty-five years she has studied Italian in every way possible: through Berlitz, books, CDs, podcasts, private tutorials and conversation groups, and, most importantly, large blocks of time in Italy. In the process she found that Italian became not just a passion and a pleasure, but a passport into Italy's storia and its very soul. She offers charming insights into what makes Italian the most emotionally expressive of languages, from how the "pronto" ("Ready!") Italians say when they answer the telephone conveys a sense of something coming alive, to how even ordinary things such as a towel (asciugamano) or handkerchief (fazzoletto) sound better in Italian. She invites readers to join her as she traces the evolution of Italian in the zesty graffiti on the walls of Pompeii, in Dante's incandescent cantos, and in Boccaccio's bawdy Decameron. She portrays how social graces remain woven into the fabric of Italian: even the chipper "ciao," which does double duty as "hi" and "bye," reflects centuries of bella figura. And she exalts the glories of Italy's food and its rich and often uproarious gastronomic language: Italians deftly describe someone uptight as a baccala (dried cod), a busybody who noses into everything as a prezzemolo (parsley), a worthless or banal movie as a polpettone (large meatball). Like Dianne, readers of La Bella Lingua will find themselves innamorata, enchanted, by Italian, fascinated by its saga, tantalized by its adventures, addicted to its sound, and ever eager to spend more time in its company. 299 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Autobiography::Memoir; Biography & Autobiography; ISBN/EAN: 9780732291754. Inventory No: 231535. Codice libro della libreria 231535

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