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Hi, I see a lot of worry about what Italians "really say" for "good bye", and it may depend on the region, but most of the time my husband's family just say"ciao, ciao". The first time I said "Arrivederci" to them they burst out laughing. It's very formal, usually reserved for just before you're going away on a very long trip, or if you aren't going to see them again for a long time (if ever). Just fyi.
My son is the same - the little Italian he has he pronounces very well, but as far as I can tell it's all ironic things to say after you've killed somebody.
Plus, we are now rewatching the Sopranos, dubbed into Italian with subtitles. So, he might do well in the Mafia. Of course, he's Irish, so he'd have to be consigliere... Stereotype much?
Gah, I'm such a bad woman.
Hi Aisling, just a comment about pronunciation. Italy has dialects like everywhere else, so pronunciation of the same word will vary from region to region, and even village to village. Southerners speaking their dialect cannot be understood by northerners. (In fact, one evening after we were married, my husband and I were watching an Italian movie that had subtitles...in Italian. I said "What the fridge door do they have Italian subtitles in an Italian movie for?" And my husband said "They are speaking in dialetto." He couldn't understand a word that was spoken. Had to go by the subtitles...) And he's Italian.