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Romanesco is characterized by its own unique words and a tendency to shorten standard Italian, which you’ll notice as I describe each transformation and new word.
This dialect is typically spoken in the Lazio region where I stayed and it still varies by city.
While it’s not entirely likely that people will speak to you in dialect, you might hear it as people pass you by the on the street or you might encounter someone who does speak only in dialect, which I think is more likely to happen in the south.
Either way, it’s fun to know the dialects and I particularly enjoy them because I am a language nerd.
It’s officially called Romanesco by scholars, but you’ll hear all different names for it. In Urbe, a province in the north in Liguria, they call it Romanaccio.
They say that it’s one of the most widely known dialects since so much media comes out of Rome and that Italians all over the country speak some Romanesco as it’s been popularized.
Characteristics of Romanesco
— il – er
— Andiamo ragazzi – ‘Namo raga
— Dove andiamo? – Do’ ‘namo?
— Che facciamo? – Che famo?
— Ci ho un a fame – C’ho una fame (I’m hungry) or C’ho tante cose da fare (I have a lot of things to do)
— A bizzeffe – in gran quantità – in great quantity
Di storie così, ne abbiamo raccolte a bizzeffe.
— Mi’ nonno diceva: Meglio er sedere gelato che ‘n gelato er sedere: non fidarti mai di chi non conosci bene – Don’t trust who you don’t know well.
— S’e’ fatta ‘na certa – e tardi; dobbiamo andare – It’s late; We should go.
— Essere un dritto – Essere furbo – To be clever
— Sei un gnocco – You are blockhead/stubborn.
‘Tipo tosto – Stubborn person,’ which we learned in episode 60, is also Romanesco.
PS. Want to learn more dialect? Check out the guide below!