Word for the Travel Wise (09/12/06)

Some tour packages make me chuckle. Like who combines these things? Was there some poll asking whether visitors to Italy would be interested in fierce, high-speed, hot-red Ferrari rides through Rome to their mineral bath? There had to have been because they’ve got this thing called the Red Wellness Tour. On this two day, one night tour you’re given the opportunity to drive up to three different Ferrari’s and to receive spa treatments. I could see somebody’s red-hot mama stepping out of one of the rides (you know the Devil Wears Prada type) tossing her furs from her shoulders and soaking herself in a nice warm bath. When she’s through off into her Ferrari at the speed of light! Too cute.

Today’s word is an Italian word used in Italy:

un riccone / una riccona – A rich man/woman. Usually used in a derogatory way, giving the idea of rich and arrogant.

Seeing how popular the language is there isn’t much difficulty finding learning resources on the web. I’m a little unsure about what’s going on with this June29 site, but they have three very simple lessons to get your learning motors going. You might find the BBC your one stop shop in handling your needs. Dictionaries, lessons, audio, and slang are all included. Distance learning is always recommended in my book. Check out some of these programs abroad where you can study in various cities across the country and even Lugano, Switzerland. A few links to study abroad are as follows: Amerispan, World Link Education, and ILUSS. Head over to this Italian Book Store for suggested text.

Past Italian words: qualcosa, dov’é, congratulazioni