My first Italian lesson - Nina Rota's Senza Mama

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JohnGrahamIV
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My first Italian lesson - Nina Rota's Senza Mama

Post by JohnGrahamIV » Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:54 pm

Hi I would like to learn some Italian. I searched the web for lyrics to Nina Rota's Senza Mama:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U5V-8xXyLs
and was unable to find them.

If someone could help me with this, I would appreciate it.

John Graham[/url]

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Chris Corbyn
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Post by Chris Corbyn » Thu Aug 05, 2010 6:35 am

It's Mamma not Mama... this makes a difference in Italian.

Listening to this song, it's not Italian, it's one of the southern Italian dialects and I'd take a wild guess and say it's Sicilian or Napoletano. Basically learning these lyrics would be a bad idea and could potentially hinder your start learning Italian ;) Those Calabrian/Neapolitan/Sicilian dialects are basically different languages.

I tried to find the lyrics too but can't find them.

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Peter
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Post by Peter » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:48 am

It s Senza Mama and comes from The Godfather, so must be Sicilian. As Chris says, do not get involved in dialect until you have got well used to Standard Italian. They are really like different languages. :)

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Monika
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Post by Monika » Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:17 am

Wow, I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't realize Nino Rota was a film composer! :oops: I love his music. I teach his "Cinque Pezzi Facili" for flute and piano to my flute students all the time. What a fantastic composer he was!

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