https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gauchowatcher

When Naples... speak a bit of Neapolitan

I've just found out a great channel with short and interesting Neapolitan lessons. For those who don't know that, in Naples and its surroundings Neapolitan is preferred over Italian among friends and family. Everyone speaks Italian, but for many Italian is somewhat of a foreign or second language. So, learning a bit of Neapolitan is a good idea to enhance a future trip to the south of Italy, as you'l be hearing the language all the time. Additionally, many of the great classics of the Italian music were written in Neapolitan, such as 'O Surdato NNammurato, 'O Sole Mio and Torna a Surriento.

Here's the link to the channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAjcPHpaX3YIJeUQwrKI43A/videos

To learn more about the Neapolitan language/dialect:

http://elalliance.org/languages/italian/neapolitan/

September 6, 2019

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pierobonal

In every Italian region, in the north (I am from western Lombardia, e.g.) and in the south, except Tuscany, Lazio and a few others, many Italians say that theirs are not dialects but languages. I.m.h.o, for some it is true (p. Es.sardo or friulano, or even dialects with German, French, Albanian, Catalan origins ..) but the others are all neo-Latin dialects. A little advice: it's right to learn a dialect to understand a song or a book or other, but to speak it well for a foreigner is impossible, as it is impossible for me Italian, for example, to speak a Scottish dialect well (unless we live 10 years, maybe :-)

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

Pierobonal. Thanks for good advice. Your English is splendid:-)

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pierobonal

Linda, non esageriamo ! Proprio splendido non direi ... Spesso ho dei dubbi amletici con l'inglese (like an Italian Hamlet, ah ah !)

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gauchowatcher

I've already thought about learning Neapolitan, but due to scarce "fun" resources, I gave it up. Now, I just want to be able to understand a good deal of it, learn some lyrics, some expressions, not care about grammar, and that's it... That's the reason why I shared that channel. So, do you speak Milanese or understand it? Milanese is a good deal different to Italian.

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pierobonal

Yes, it's right. Neapolitan music is great. Try to hear "Malafemmena" of Totó, by Murolo, when I hear it I am always moved. I understand Milanese and other Lombard dialects, but in my previous post I made a mistake, sorry: I'm from eastern Lombardy, not western (Bergamo, Brescia, Cremona etc). Our dialect is quite different from the Milanese.

September 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gauchowatcher

Ho già ascoltato delle canzoni in Napoletano di Murolo, Modugno, Carosone e altri. È davvero una bella lingua per la musica, ne conosco alcune decine di canzoni napoletane. Conosco addirittura una radio che trasmette soltanto delle canzoni napoletane classiche, la radio Naples. Però le canzoni dei neomelodici o il rap in Napoletano non mi va per niente. Scusami per gli sbagli, non scrivo un paragrafo in Italiano da tanti mesi.

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pierobonal

L'italiano è ok. Il rap napoletano non lo conosco, i neomelodici si ma anche a me non piacciono, però so che a Napoli e dintorni impazziscono per questa musica. Due fratelli registi napoletani, I Manetti Bros, hanno fatto dei film divertentissimi centrati sul mondo neomelodico ("Song 'e Napule" e "Ammore e malavita") . Lol !

September 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Minglano

Grazie mille. I was travel in Naples and have no idea what they were talking about.

September 6, 2019
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