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“In bocca al lupo” – Italian Idiomatic Phrase

Description of Informant AG (18) is an Italian-American dual citizen and high school student from Berkeley, CA. At home, she speaks primarily Italian, and spends her summers in Italy. —  Phrase Original Text: In bocca al lupo. Phonetic: N/A Transliteration: Into the mouth of the wolf. Free Translation: [See Collector’s Reflection] Responses: (1) Che crepi…. Continue Reading »

“The Value of Hard Work”

Context & Analysis The subject and I were eating lunch together and I asked him to tell me about any traditions or sayings he remembers from his family. The subject told me he doesn’t have a strong connection with his parents, but that in particular, his parents have always emphasized the value of hard work…. Continue Reading »

Arroz con Mango

Cuban culture in general is incredibly vibrant and colorful. With recent tourism to Cuba rising, foreigners often underestimate how vibrant the buildings, cars, and clothes are in Cuba. And this powerful expression also transfers over into language and proverbs. When visiting home recently, my aunt and grandmother came over to share common Cuban vernacular with me. One idiom… Continue Reading »