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  1. Anonymous
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    I worked in Italy for a period and I learned car driving in Roma.
    My driving school teacher was a giant Italian man in his fifties.

    He sat beside me in the car while I was driving. Each time when
    he wanted me to slow down, he would say in Italian, "piano, piano,
    piano." When he wanted me to accelerate, he would say in English
    "too much gas, too much gas, too much gas!"

    Whether it was piano or too much gas, he would always use his
    hands to make emphasis, as if Pavarotti was teaching me to drive.
    So musical language, so unforgettable experience!

  2. lucyarliwu
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    I worked in Italy for a period and I learned car driving in Roma.
    My driving school teacher was a giant Italian man in his fifties.

    He sat beside me in the car while I was driving. Each time when
    he wanted me to slow down, he would say in Italian, "piano, piano,
    piano." When he wanted me to accelerate, he would say in English
    "too much gas, too much gas, too much gas!"

    Whether it was piano or too much gas, he would always use his
    hands to make emphasis, as if Pavarotti was teaching me to drive.
    So musical language, so unforgettable experience!

    It sounds a funny but a real life story! :)

    It makes me automatically think of how colorful and important part of language in life no matter what tongue you use, at this time, it's so natural to say to himself: How beautiful the life is with some much beautiful melody of language inside! :)

    Cherish life around you! :)

    Lucy in China

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    The American expression for telling somebody to speed up would be: "Give it some gas." "Too much gas" implies that the driver is going too fast. The Italian instructor did, probably, by means of gestures and inflection make clear his true intentions.

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    I thought 'piano' meant 'quiet'. ;-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I thought 'piano' meant 'quiet'. ;-(
    In Italian:
    piano
    In English:
    slowly

    (From Dictionary.com translator)

    8)

  6. woshi410
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    In Italian:
    piano
    In English:
    slowly

    (From Dictionary.com translator)

    8)
    I see.

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    It is interesting to see experts dissect "simple everyday" words like piano and tea. Here, we call it TSA. Most Chinese in our place came from AMOY. Local folks consider it medicinal and only drank when one has (I hope nobody is eating, please excuse me) diarrhea. Most of us, if not soda or water, coffee drinkers (US influence? most probably). In music, we were taught that piano means softly, pianissimo means most softly.
    RAM

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    You live and learn.

  9. lucyarliwu
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    Is it easy to study Italian language?
    It seems Italian has something in common with English as a language according to ' piano' is " slowly' :)

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    A lot of English vocab is similar because we got it from French.

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