conflict with pane - pani - panini... do italians use pani as a plural for pane? and if panini is plural, what the singular for sandwich?
For the sake of simplicity and ease of vocabulary acquisition, I will use articles in my notes below. This is based on my own experience; however, I have included references at the end.
il pane (m.sing) - the bread, mainly used in the singular form to talk about bread generally
i pani (m.pl) - sometimes used to refer to different types of bread, though i tipi de pane would still be more common in this context.
il panino (m.sing) - the roll, the bread roll, the filled roll or sandwich
i panini (m.pl) - the rolls, the bread rolls, the filled rolls or sandwiches
un panino al prosciutto - a ham roll
i panini al formaggio - the cheese rolls
il panino imbottito - the filled roll (like a sub or British idea of a panino)
i panini imbottiti - the filled rolls (subs, panini)
il sandwich (m. sing) - the sandwich (a typical sandwich made of white bread, cut into triangles)
i sandwich (m.pl - invariable) - the sandwiches
(sometimes seen written as i sandwiches though)
un sandwich aperto - an open sandwich
il tramezzino (m.sing) - the sandwich (sandwich made with sliced bread)
i tramezzini (m.pl) - the sandwiches
" i migliori 20 pani italiani": http://www.dissapore.com/grande-notizia/i-migliori-pani-italiani-regione-per-regione/
(you may want to learn a bit more Italian before trying to read the article!)
http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english-italian/roll http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/italian-english/panino http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english-italian/sandwich http://www.garzantilinguistica.it/en/search/?q=sandwich http://www.garzantilinguistica.it/en/search/?q=tramezzino
As you can see from the link to the 'best Italian breads', there is a huge amount of regional variation in Italy, not just in terms of food, but also in terms of language and culture. Therefore, depending on where you are, you may find variations on this. However, if you can remember this vocabulary, you should have no problem making yourself understood.
Buona fortuna et buon apetito!
(if anyone notices any errors, please let me know - my eyes have glazed over after all that!)
Google Translate correctly translates sandwiches to panini, but when I enter "sandwich" it gets translated to... sandwich. However, if I click on the word and look at the alternate answers, "panino" is in there. So who knows? Hopefully someone who sees this comment and can clarify it for us!
Not to be confused with the English Panini meaning a toasted sandwich with thick slices of bread cut from a loaf and made with a sandwich press - at least that's what it means in NZ English.
I always though a "panino" was a roll and this is now really embarassing.
There's no need to be embarrassed - you are correct. Un panino is indeed a roll. This needs to be added to the list of correct translations, so please report it if you get caught out again.
At first i wrote i have the breads and it corrected me to i have the rolls, when i wrote that down now i got it wrong because i shouldve said sandwiches
A panini are panini in the UK, that's what we call them. Sandwiches are different, made from slices of bread.
Why is "buns" wrong? A panini doesnt have to be a sandwich. When i buy panini at the bakery, i usually get buns.
I don't get why rolls is sometimes a correct translation for panini and other times not.
do italiens talk about sandwiches? I thought manini always refered to rolls, eith filled or unfilled.
Panini are bread rolls according to my Italian teacher. Tramezzini are sandwiches. Sloppy again DL.
Il is singular and panini is plural. They do not go together. The definite article needs to match the noun in number and gender.
Collins Sansoni dictionary gives tramezzini as 'sandwiches', panini as fundamentally 'rolls'. Why do questions insist on using pronoun subjects - not necessary.
It feels wierd translating panini as an italien lol. Its one of the few words i hear regularly so i already know what it is.