Italian All-in-One For Dummies
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Every day, Italians send more than 167 million text messages, for a total of 60 billion texts annually. Texting and chatting in Italian means learning new grammar rules, a new vocabulary, and a peculiar system of signs — all of which are necessary to convey the rhythms of conversation to this new hybrid language. Get familiar with this new idiom, because you may need to communicate with text-addicted Italians.

Here's a list of the most common texting abbreviations, Italian-style:

  • m = mi (I, me)

  • t = ti (you)

  • xke = perché (why, because)

  • cmq = comunque (anyway)

  • bc = baci (kisses)

  • midi = mi dispiace (I'm sorry)

  • pfv = per favore (please)

  • d = da (from, since, of)

  • grz = grazie (thanks)

  • tn = tanto (a lot, much, long time)

  • k = chi (who, what)

  • c6 = Ci sei? (Are you there?)

  • qls = qualcosa (something)

  • + = più (more)

  • risp = rispondi (answer)

  • nn = non (no, not)

  • prox = prossima (next)

  • gg = giorno (day)

  • tvb = ti voglio bene (I love you)

  • ta = ti amo (I love you)

Test your text translation skills by trying to decipher the following message. Then try to craft an appropriate reply.

c6? nn t vedo + d tn! La prox volta risp pfv xke tvb e m manki! grz e bc
Ci sei? Non ti vedo più da tanto! La prossima volta rispondi per favore perché ti voglio bene e mi manchi! Grazie e baci.
Are you there? I haven't seen you for a long time! Next time, please answer my message because I love you and I miss you! Thanks and kisses.

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Antonietta Di Pietro is a coauthor of Italian All-in-One For Dummies. Francesca Romana Onofri lived several years abroad and has worked as an Italian and Spanish teacher, as well as a translator and interpreter at cultural events. She was an Italian coach and teacher at the Opera Studio of the Cologne Opera House. In Italy, Francesca has edited several Berlitz Italian books and is working as a translator of art books, as well as a cultural events organizer and educator. Teresa L. Picarazzi, PhD, teaches Italian at The Hopkins School and has lived and worked in Cortona, Florence, Ravenna, Siena, and Urbino. Karen Antje Möller is a veteran language teacher and author. She has worked with Berlitz Publishing on German-Italian projects and Italian exercise books. Daniela Gobetti is a coauthor of Italian All-in-One For Dummies. Beth Bartolini-Salimbeni is a coauthor of Italian All-in-One For Dummies.

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