Ten Useful Italian Phrases In Case You Hitch a Ride with Gabi & Lia + Giveaway!

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Ten Useful Italian Phrases In Case You Hitch a Ride with Gabi & Lia + Giveaway!

Thank you for stopping by Gone with the Words! I am super excited to be a part of Lisa Bergren’s River of Time Blog Tour hosted by Mundie Moms!

Today we are featuring a guest post, the very first here on the blog, by Lisa herself! (Read my reviews of WATERFALL, CASCADE, and TORRENT!) Without further ado, here’s Lisa:

So…maybe you’ve yet to dive into the , or maybe you’re already fully immersed. What would happen if you held on to Gabi and Lia and time-travelled back to medieval Italy with them? How would you communicate?

Fortunately, Gabi and Lia already spoke Italian, due to a lifetime of summers spent there, and the time tunnel somehow allowed them to speak Dante’s Italian, which is similar to what we hear today, but a bit different. But what about us? What would happen to those of us who don’t know Italian?

Just in case we don’t get the language gifts the Betarrini clan did in transit, I’ve prepared this cheat sheet for you. Please print and fold and place in your pocket. Proficiency with a sword or arrows is up to you.

1) Can you point me in the direction of the closest time tunnel?

Potreste indicarmi il tunnel del tempo più vicina?

2) Let’s not a little thing like 700 years get in the way of our relationship.

Non dovremmo permettere che una piccola cosa come 700 anni di essere un ostacolo nel nostro rapporto.

3) Why yes, that is how it’s done in my time.

Ma certo, è così che si fa nella mia epoca.

4) I’d kill for a decent hamburger.

Ucciderei per un hamburger decente.

5) Toothpaste, toothbrushes, mousse and hairspray. Let’s develop them and we’ll make millions.

Dentifricio, spazzolini da denti, mousse e spray per capelli. Diamo loro creazione e faremo milioni.

6) Access to a toilet and a decent sewage system is pretty darn close to bliss for me.

Servizi igienici e di un sistema fognario decente è maledettamente vicino alla felicità per me.

7) Kiss me before we’re separated by centuries.

Baciami prima che ci siamo separati da secoli.

8) I’m not so into you.

Non me ne friga niente di te.

9) I’m in love with you.

Sono innamorato di te.

10) This has literally been like a blast from the past.

Questo Practicamente è stato come un tuffo nel passato.


Thank you, Lisa for these awesomely useful phrases! Especially the Not Into You one…I think everyone should learn that one in every language! You know, just in case. LOL

Here’s a little bit about Lisa:

Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over thirty books, but some of her favorites are the River of Time Series (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent). She knows very little Italian, but luckily, her blogging buddy Christine Cantera (of WhyGoFrance) does (she lived in Italy before France). Christine has graciously done all of Lisa’s Italian translations for the River of Time books, in exchange for nothing more than some good will and a lousy iTunes card. Lisa owes her big.

Check out the rest of the stops! Here’s the schedule:

August 29: Lisa’s Favorite Scene/Quotes from WATERFALL & CASCADE (Page Turners)
August 30: Character Interview with Marcello–and surprise announcement (YA Bliss)
August 31: Ten Useful Italian Phrases In Case You Hitch a Ride w Gabi & Lia (Gone With the Words)
Sept. 1: How to Make Italian Pizza On Your Gas Grill (Reading Teen)*TORRENT’S Official Release Day!!!*
Sept. 2: 10 Things You Might Not Know About Lisa Bergren (Mundie Moms)
Sept. 3: An Itinerary for the Perfect, Dreamy Week in Tuscany (The Secret Life of a Bibliophile)
Sept. 4: Character Interview with Gabi–and semi-surprise announcement (Eve’s Fan Garden)
Sept. 5: Excerpt from a potential 4th novel (Lisa Bergren)


Giveaway Info:
Giveaway now closed.



About Lisa Tawn Bergren

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 40 books, with more than 2.5 million copies sold. Her most recent works includes a YA series called River of Time (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent, Bourne & Tributary), God Gave Us Easter, a devotional called Upside-Down Prayers for Parents and the Grand Tour Series (Glamorous Illusions, Grave Consequences, and Glittering Promises). She’s currently at work on a new YA series called Remnants, coming out in 2014.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

69 Responses to “Ten Useful Italian Phrases In Case You Hitch a Ride with Gabi & Lia + Giveaway!”

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    Thanks for hosting the giveaway! This post was my favorite so far. I love learning new phrases!


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    Lady DragonKeeper

    Very cool –one of my teen friends from work visited Italy during the summer with her school.  I’d love the chance to read these books!

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    Lady DragonKeeper

    I’d want to learn how to say, “Can you give me directions to the art museum.”  =)

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    April David

    This series is on my TBR. I hope I could read it soon! Thanks for this giveaway =) I’m not usually lucky for this kind of thing, but who knows?! =)

    xoxo, april

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    Thanks for the chance! I would most like to learn #9! (; I think that’s my favorite one up there. :D


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    Mundie Moms

    Fabulous tour stop! Too bad I still can’t speak Italian lol
    Thank you so much for being on the tour!

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    Rebecca (RivkaBelle)

    LOVE! I especially like the “Not into you” and “In love with you” ones — those could be nifty to use in general, hehe ;o)

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    Jacinda @ Reading Housewives

    I love #7, #8, and #9 :) I feel like I should print these out, lol!

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    Well, if I was back in 14th century Italy (and because I’m a girl), I’d definitely want to know how to say “Don’t underestimate me.” :)

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    Ifrah Kamil

    Thank you for this give away !! I loved the Italian phrases that you posted !
    I would want to say “I love River Of Time Series ” in Italian ! :))


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    Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    Haha, I love #1. It’s so very useful! ;)

    I love Jaclyn’s comment about “Don’t underestimate me” … so true, and awesome!

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’m really enjoying all these tour posts. =)

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    Katie Meyer

    I think I want to learn Italian now :) Thank you for this post!!! This tour is spiking my interest Italy

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    Katie McCurdy

    Hahahaha! I will keep those in mind, Lisa! How handy!!!

    This blog tour is building up to be a blast! Can’t wait to read the other posts. The River of Time series is without a doubt the most AWESOME series published this year!!! Love, love, LOVE it!!!!!!

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    Daisy de Bruin

    I think the first thing I need to learn in any language is: ‘seriously??’ Cause I use it so much.. The second thing in Italian: ‘Bring me shirtless men and cookies, I don’t care in what order!’ (Yes, this is kind of random)
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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    Rachel M.

    Thanks for the post! I’m enjoying the book tour! 
    I would like to learn how to say “where is the book store?” I love book stores….and book stores in Italy have got to be great!

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    Small Review

    lol! I’m digging #5. You could definitely make a killing with a few hygiene inventions!

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     4,5,8, and 9 are my  favorites! I want to go to Italy now!! Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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    What would you most want to say in Italian?  I would want to say, “How do you say Pizza?”

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    Lily Knott

    I love these books. I kinda want to know “Where’s the nearest 21st century convenience store please.” lol. I love this list.

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    Kelsey d

    Ooh great question! I’d love go learn how to order food in Italian. That way, if I ever get to go, I will know what I’m eating! :)

    Kelsey d

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    Joyce Wolfley

    Oh boy..i would be in so much trouble. No sword or bow skills and defnitely wasn’t able to follow along in Italian. I’d be killed at first sight.

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    I would want to know #5 definitely! It seems like something my warped mind would come up with!! #4, #6 and #8 are pretty awesome too!

    Thanks for the giveaway! I loved this post!Aneesa x

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    I’d most like to learn how to say something along the lines of “Which way to the Library (or Bookstore)” in Italian. Just in case I ever find myself in Italy :-) 

    Thanks for the great giveaway! 
    Donna @ The Happy Booker ahappybooker at gmail dot com

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    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!! I keep hoping my copy of Waterfall will be waiting on me at the mailbox, but no luck yet. :)

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    “Where is the nearest bookstore?” would definitely come in handy in Italian. Or any other language for that matter. :)

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    Natasha Areena

    Ah I wannna say “Do you mind if you take a walk with me?” and of course #9. :>

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    Abigail (neeuqfonafamai)

    What a great idea for a post!
    I’d like to be able to say ‘do you have any idea how I can get home?’

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    Diana Giote

    Great post and great giveaway!!!
    What’s your name? In case I meet a beautiful Italian guy or I love your foods.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    I quite like “Kiss me before we are separated by centuries.” Even outside the context of the series, there are so many poetic meanings to it.

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    Ishita aka Fishy

    Thanks for the giveaway! and i would love to say….
    I would like the Amazing Italian guy with my soup ;) ! thanks ! 

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    Ishita aka Fishy

    sorry to post again, but i would love to learn to pronounce 7,9,10 ;)  and 8 might be useful so that too ;) 

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    Alaiel Kreuz

    “Remember not to get lost” xD I’m always getting lost so I’m sure my friends would love to learn how to say this in Italian, hahaha.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


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    Alex Garcia

    I think I would like to know how to say: “I’m feeling hungry, can I have a  pizza?!”
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!


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    I would want to have translated, “where is there a clean bathroom?”
    You can never have enough clean bathrooms when traveling.

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    What would you most want to say in Italian?
    “Can you shut up, I’m trying to read”

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    I would like #9,8 & 8 :3 Those sounds useful! && Thank you for this giveaway!

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    Sashana Jeffery

    I would say “Let’s not a little thing like 700 years get in the way of our relationship. ”

     lol It really sounds like me.

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