Sunday, May 22, 2011


English lessons [via yours truly] tea and even shortbread biscuits [from the local Lidl] were on offer at Raffaele the hairdresser's "English Day" yesterday.

For those of you who would like to know what to say at an Italian hairdresser's, here is a quick guide.  You can see some more vocabulary and try our "hairdressing word search" on the English International School, Modica blog.

What to say at the hairdresser’s – Cosa dire dal parrucchiere

I’d like to make an appointment, please – vorrei prendere un appuntamento

Monday – lunedì
Tuesday – martedì
Wednesday – mercoledì
Thursday – giovedì
Friday – venerdì
Saturday – sabato

at eleven o’clock – alle undici
at half past eleven – alle undici e mezza
at quarter to eleven – alle undici meno un quarto
at quarter past eleven – alle undici e un quarto

How much does it cost for …. ? -  Quanto costa per …. ?  [vedere la scheda di vocabulario]

How do you like your hair? – Come li asciughiamo?

Not too short – non troppo corti
Can you just trim the ends? – Può tagliare solo le punte?
With the fringe to the right / to the left  - con la frangia a destra / a sinistra
With the ends going under / up – con le punte sotto / insù

Can you do a comb-out, please? – Può fare la pettinata, per favore?

Thank you - grazie

Raffaele's salon is at:  yellow Parrucchiere,  via Sacro Cuore 6, 97015, Modica [RG].  
Tel: 0039 0932 906879.


Rosaria Williams said...

Oh, how fun!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Great fun post Pat .:-)

Funny that people do associate Shortbread with England .. It originated from Scotland .. Interesting Wikipedia on it ..

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes, it was a good day, Rosaria. Anne, I do know it's Scottish! It was an "English Day" in terms of language - otherwise, "British"!

Rosa said...

I quite think I'd enjoy going to your hairdresser. He tries to make you feel welcome.
Mine is really cute but all I get is a coffee.

Bonnie from Napoli Unplugged has one that gives cooking lessons too.

Trubes said...

That's interesting and most instructive Welshcakes, thank you.
I recognise some of the words, after studying French for some time, all part of the Latin languages, such romantic intonations.
My main difficulty in learning a language is the pronunciation.
I loved learning French verbs and found the structure of such, most interesting.
The only time I really try to use a French accent is when I'm in France, this is often often amusing.
We tend to holiday in Provence, or Brittany , where they tend to speak with a different dialect, say, from a Parisian.
I was educated by a Parisian tutor, so it has been said that, my French has a Parisian tone to it, whereas, my sister, who is fluent in French and lives in Brittany, speaks in the dialect of a Breton.
I struggled a bit in Brittany to communicate because of that.
After all this rhetoric, I must confess, I am not totally fluent in French, but wherever I go, I will try and speak the'lingo'.
I never go anywhere in Europe without a German phrase book !



Rowena said...

When my hairdresser asks me how I'd like my hair done, I only have to say 3 words: come Belén Rodríguez. :-DDDDDDDDDDD!

Trubes said...

I seem to have wandered off course here,I meant to say tha when i went to the hairdressers in Brittany, tried very hard to explain how I wanted my style which was a 'bob', due to my poor lingual skills,my hair ended up looking like the style the Queen favours....nice for an eighty year old, but not for a (then) trendy 'forty' something!

Whispering Walls said...

Was he offering the Duchess of Cambridge style?

jams o donnell said...

An excellent idea to have English days at your local hairdresser!

CherryPie said...

That sounds a fun day :-)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This sounds like a fun day, Pat! I always admire those who are fluent in several languages.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Oh, you would love it there, Scintilla. I must tell Raff about Bonnie's hairdresser - he'll be jealous! Hi, Trubes. Thanks for the anecdotes and well done! Hi, Rowena. I'll have to try that! Definitely, WW. He's always coming up with new marketing schemes, jams. It was, Cherie. Hi, Pat. You'd have enjoyed the day.


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