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  1. Avatar sunnydaysinseattle
    March 6, 2019 @ 9:35 am

    Fascinating!

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  2. Avatar sunnydaysinseattle
    March 6, 2019 @ 9:35 am

    Fascinating!

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  3. Avatar sunnydaysinseattle
    March 6, 2019 @ 9:37 am

    Are the Roman language follow the same pronunciation rules as Italian?

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      March 8, 2019 @ 12:25 am

      No. As I wrote, there are apostrophes were consonants should be.

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  4. Avatar Un po' di pepe
    March 7, 2019 @ 12:01 am

    Love the visuals!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      March 8, 2019 @ 12:24 am

      Thanks! They were a lot of fun to do. Didn’t know I could act that well. I’m working as a film extra. Maybe I’ll put those photos on my resume.

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      • John Henderson John Henderson
        March 8, 2019 @ 12:25 am

        No. As I wrote, there are apostrophes were consonants should be.

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  5. Avatar Emanuele
    March 7, 2019 @ 1:48 am

    As roman, I always find your articles intersting but funny too because I can understand which is the point of view of an american. Regarding the use of “Mortacci…” I suggest you to watch a clip in which Enrico Brignano (roman commedian you probably know) explain in a funny way , the several way of say “mortacci…”, here the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXoCXXZaDvQ .
    Let me say how much I like the pictures you inlcuded in your articles, and let me thank you for giving me 5 minutes of good time, I forgot for a while the great dissappoint for yesterday Roma match.

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  6. Avatar Emanuele
    March 7, 2019 @ 1:48 am

    As roman, I always find your articles intersting but funny too because I can understand which is the point of view of an american. Regarding the use of “Mortacci…” I suggest you to watch a clip in which Enrico Brignano (roman commedian you probably know) explain in a funny way , the several way of say “mortacci…”, here the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXoCXXZaDvQ .
    Let me say how much I like the pictures you inlcuded in your articles, and let me thank you for giving me 5 minutes of good time, I forgot for a while the great dissappoint for yesterday Roma match.

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  7. John Henderson John Henderson
    March 8, 2019 @ 12:23 am

    Thanks, Emanuele. I’m sure I could get a good lesson in Romanaccio by just sitting in the Curva Sud section a couple of games. You saw De Francesco got, as we sportswriters say in America, “the big haircut”? Sad. He spent all year one step ahead of the posse. Monchi, I thought, would be next to go but some of his young players are showing promise like Zaniolo and Under. But they’re just too inconsistent and so predictable on the road. I KNEW they’d blow it in Porto. See the game? I thought Schick dived. I don’t think he was touched. My problem was with Roma’s penalty. I thought the ball had passed the Porto player before Florenzi pulled on the guy’s jersey. And THAT guy dove. How do you fall forward if you’re being pulled from behind? Regardless, maybe the guy would’ve scored easily if Florenzi didn’t yank his jersey. I’m disgusted with Serie A. It’s become as predictable as the Scottish League with about as little depth. By the way, I left Lungotevere Fitness. I moved to Monteverde after I couldn’t take anymore of my dateless, evil, no-life landlady. I joined a small, no-frills gym with the boring name of Fitness Play. It’s five minutes from my apartment. It works. Your travels look great. How you like the job?

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  8. Avatar Reginald Baugh
    March 9, 2019 @ 11:09 am

    You have a very expressive face. You should do well as a film extra, old friend.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      March 10, 2019 @ 4:11 am

      Thanks, Reg. I sent you a long email.

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  9. Avatar Lady Xennial
    March 17, 2019 @ 9:47 am

    Great visuals! As someone trying to learn Italian it’s a little overwhelming to hear about the varied dialects. Although as someone originally from the Deep South, nobody could understand me when I was doing my internship in Oregon. Over time, I lost the drawl and now no one realizes I grew up in the South until I say y’all.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      March 17, 2019 @ 11:24 am

      The slang of every Italian dialect helps identify where you’re from. Friday night I was in an enoteca in Florence having a great time. Then it closed, seemingly early, at 11:30 p.m. I yelled kiddingly at the bartender, “LI MORTACCI TUA!” He yelled back, “Ah! Un Romano Americano!” The whole place laughed. It was one of my prouder moments speaking Italian. Then again, I haven’t had many. I was born, raised and educated in Eugene. Where in Oregon were you and why?

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  10. Avatar Lady Xennial
    March 17, 2019 @ 10:17 pm

    I lived and worked in Aurora, OR about 20 minutes south of Portland while completing a 1 year internship in veterinary medicine and surgery at aWillamette Valley Equine Hospital. The area was beautiful but I didn’t get to explore too much outside of Portland.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      March 18, 2019 @ 2:00 am

      You have to return. Go to the Oregon Coast in the summer. It’s beautiful and empty and glorious. Just don’t go swimming. I went in when I was about 5 years old and never went back. No one does except crazy surfers.

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  11. Avatar Lady Xennial
    March 17, 2019 @ 10:17 pm

    I lived and worked in Aurora, OR about 20 minutes south of Portland while completing a 1 year internship in veterinary medicine and surgery at aWillamette Valley Equine Hospital. The area was beautiful but I didn’t get to explore too much outside of Portland.

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  12. Avatar Charolette
    March 18, 2019 @ 10:24 am

    Great information. A little daunting as I am working hard to be conversational by August when I move to Rome for a 15 month grad program. I had 2 years of Italian as an undergrad but I feel like it didn’t prepare me for conversation at all! I am a native Oregonian as well, living in Portland but grew up in Salem. Eugene to Rome must have been quite the experience!

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  13. Avatar Charolette
    March 18, 2019 @ 10:24 am

    Great information. A little daunting as I am working hard to be conversational by August when I move to Rome for a 15 month grad program. I had 2 years of Italian as an undergrad but I feel like it didn’t prepare me for conversation at all! I am a native Oregonian as well, living in Portland but grew up in Salem. Eugene to Rome must have been quite the experience!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      March 18, 2019 @ 11:56 am

      Actually, I moved from Denver to Rome. I haven’t lived in Oregon in 40 years. I left after I graduated from college, traveled around the world for a year, got my first job in suburban Seattle, moved to Las Vegas for 10 years and then Denver for 23. I tell everyone I’m from Oregon, though. I was born there, grew up there and educated there. Denver didn’t influence me as Oregon did. In fact, since I’m from Eugene and went to the University of Oregon, in 22 years I went exactly one mile. It’s one reason I travel so much now.

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  14. Avatar Charolette
    March 18, 2019 @ 10:32 am

    Good to know! If a bit daunting though, as I am trying to be conversational by August when I move to Rome for a 15 month grad program. I took Italian as an undergrad for 2 years but am nowhere near conversational. I am also a native Oregonian, currently living in Portland but from Salem.

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  15. Avatar Charolette
    March 18, 2019 @ 10:32 am

    Good to know! If a bit daunting though, as I am trying to be conversational by August when I move to Rome for a 15 month grad program. I took Italian as an undergrad for 2 years but am nowhere near conversational. I am also a native Oregonian, currently living in Portland but from Salem.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      March 18, 2019 @ 11:54 am

      Foreign languages are real hard. But if you’ve had two years of formal study, you should be able to pick it up once you’re here, especially if you’re young. I didn’t start learning Italian until I was in my 50s. It’s been REAL slow. The comprehension is the toughest part, especially coming from Oregon (Colorado is the same) where there are no Italians. Where do you hear Italian in Oregon? What high school did you go to in Salem? I went to South Eugene High.

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