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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Good morning crew,
After Innsbruck we crossed the border into Italy. That meant it was time to put away the "German for Dummies" phrase book and pull out the "Italian for Dummies" phrase book.
I only had a couple hours on the bus to cram, so the first phrase I looked up was "I'm sorry" because it is just so incredibly useful. I used it constantly in Germany.
The Italian book listed it as "chiedo scusa". Since I have a background in German, the pronunciation of that language comes pretty easily to me. But when it comes to Italian I am a bit lost, so I turned to the wife for help. She took two years of Spanish in high school, and really, how different could it be?
When I asked her how to say "chiedo scusa" she pronounced it chee (like cheese) ayy toe.
"I said," it sounds like you're saying 'Cheetos'."
"Kind of," she replied.
I didn't have much time to practice before we pulled into the first town we were to visit, Riva, a beautiful little town in northern Italy situated on the shore of Lake Garda, a couple hours over the Austrian border in South Tyrol.
So I spent half the day there saying "Cheetos" to the locals and getting nothing but confused looks and a couple hostile glares.
When I got back to the bus later that afternoon I did a little more investigation and discovered the correct pronunciation is closer to key-AYY-toe than Cheetos. I still don't know if the wife was deliberately screwing with me or if she just didn't know. But I did made it a point to trust the pronunciation guide in the book over my wife's interpretation from then on.
Laugh it up,
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