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Neapolitan Sayings with Italian and English Meaning | Print |  E-mail
Written by Larry Aiello   
Sunday, 03 March 2013 15:26

One of my favorite things about Italy is the diversity of the dialects. And when you combine them with proverbs that have been passed down through the ages, it makes for some interesting comparisons.

Here are some more sayings in Neapolitan along with the Italian and English meaning:

First Neapolitan Saying:
'A bona mercanzia trova prièsto a ghjì pe' 'n'àutra via.

First Italian Saying:
Tutte le cose belle e buone trovano sempre chi le desidera e le prende.

First English Saying:
All the beautiful and good things always find who desires them and takes them.

Second Neapolitan Saying:
'A bona parola mògne 'a trista pògne.

Second Italian Saying:
La buona parola produce sempre del bene mentre la cattiva punge e nuoce.

Second English Saying:
A good word produces good, and a bad word stings and hurts. If you can't say anything good, don't say anything at all.





0 #2 Addicted2Italy 2013-03-23 22:27
Hi Filipo,

thanks for commenting. That's what is great about these old dialects, is that they bring back memories of grandmothers that spoke it way back in the day.

And even to a large extent today, there is still a lot of dialect spoken.

0 #1 Filipo 2013-03-23 20:41
I remember a bunch of these sayings my nonna used to say when we were growing up in Brookyln. She passed away a bunch of years ago but it still brings back memories when I hear the ol' Napolitan!


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