go to site Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book.
Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — L'uomo che vendeva diamanti by Esther Singer Kreitman. L'uomo che vendeva diamanti by Esther Singer Kreitman ,. Marina Morpurgo Translator. Per fortuna, dato che ci regala questo superbo racconto, ambientato nella Anversa dei commercianti e tagliatori di diamanti, tutti ebrei, e poi nella Londra dei rifugiati, sempre ebrei, durante la prima guerra mondiale. Quando viene a sapere che il figlio di un concorrente sta per sposare la figlia di un ricco e altolocato signore, mentre suo figlio Dovid passa le giornate a letto, a leggere Spinoza e a fumare, incapace di adeguarsi alle aspettative paterne, per poco non sviene, in un crescendo tragicomico davvero spassoso.
E la moglie, Rochl, vittima della prepotenza di Berman. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. Published April 14th by Bollati Boringhieri first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about L'uomo che vendeva diamanti , please sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about L'uomo che vendeva diamanti.
Lists with This Book. Pronouncing Italian vowels is rather easy. The only problems arise when distinguishing the two e's and o's. If the vowel is stressed, then it is always closed [e] and [o]. This can change according to regional dialects in Italy, of course, but this is the standard rule. The four nasal vowels are a distinctive feature of French.
There are also three semi-vowels. In Italian, there are two semi-vowels, several diphthongs and a few triphthongs. Italian semi-vowels are written ua, ue, uo, ui for [w] and ia, ie, io, iu for [j]. If another vowel precedes u or i, then it is a diphthong: ai, ei, oi, au, eu.
In both languages, s is generally pronounced the same as in English, except when it is between two vowels, then it is pronounced like z. H is always silent. Double consonants in Italian must be pronounced individually: il nonno eel nohn-noh is pronounced differently than il nono eel noh-noh.
Liaison in French forces a preceding consonant to be pronounced before the following vowel of the next word. S and x are pronounced as z, d as t and f as v in liaisons. In general, stress falls on the last syllable in French and the second-to-last syllable in Italian.
However, it is also possible for the stress in Italian to fall on the third-to-last syllable A me rica, te le fono and even the fourth-to-last syllable te le fonano in third person plural verb conjugations. When writing numbers, switch the use of commas and periods. For example, 4. In French, cent has a plural form: cents , but mille is invariable there is no plural form ; while in Italian, cento is invariable and mille has a plural form: mila.
French telephone numbers are ten digits, beginning with zero, and the country code is 33 Belgium: 32, Switzerland: 41, Canada: 1. Italian telephone numbers are between 8 and 11 digits, most beginning with zero, and the country code is Articles are slightly more complicated in Italian. The rows in italics only concern Italian and not French. However, la is still used for all feminine Italian nouns that begin with those same letters.
Only il changes to i in the plural, while l' and lo change to gli. Feminine articles are more simple: la and l' change to le in the plural. The plural indefinite article can be expressed as some in English, but it is not always used. In French, ce, cet, and cette can be translated as this or that , while ces can be translated as these or those. In Italian, two distinct forms exist to distinguish between what is close and what is far away: quest- for close, and quel- for far away. In Italian, demonstrative adjectives which precede nouns and demonstrative pronouns which take the place of nouns have very similar forms.
In French, the demonstrative pronouns have different forms. There are two genders of nouns in both languages, masculine and feminine, and two numbers, singular and plural. Adjectives agree in gender and number with nouns, so you must learn the gender with each noun in order to form grammatically correct phrases. Usually the last letter of the noun will tell you which gender it is.
Gender In French, masculine singular nouns generally end with a consonant, - age or -ment. In Italian, masculine singular nouns generally end with -o or -ore. Feminine singular nouns generally end with -a or -zione.
Nouns ending with -e and -ista can be either gender, so you must learn those individually. A few masculine nouns end with -a: il problema, il tema, il teorema, il poeta, il cinema, il programma; and a few feminine nouns end with -o: la mano, la radio, la foto, la moto. In most cases, the gender of a noun is the same in French and Italian. But there are some cases in which the genders are reversed. For example, names of cities and letters of the alphabet are masculine in French, but feminine in Italian.
Feminine nouns change -a to -e in the plural. Monosyllabic nouns, nouns that end with an accented letter, with a consonant, and with -i do not change in the plural. Nouns ending in -ca, -go, -ca, and -ga add an -h before the plural ending as a rule of pronunciation.
Nouns that end with -io can either change to -ii in the plural if the i of -io is stressed , or to -i if the i of -io is not stressed. Italian Irregular Plurals: l'uomo - gli uomini man-men ; il dio - gli dei god-gods ; il bue - i buoi beef ; il centinaio - le centinaia century-centuries ; il dito - le dita finger-fingers ; il riso - le risa laughter ; l'uovo - le uova egg-eggs ; l'ala - le ali wing-wings ; l'arma - le armi weapon-weapons ; la mano - le mani hand-hands.
There is more than one you in both languages, depending on how many people you are speaking to and how informal or formal you are being. In French, tu is singular and informal when speaking to one person, such as a family member ; while vous is plural, whether informal or formal when speaking to more than one person AND singular and formal when speaking to one person, whom you do not know well or to whom you'd like to show respect.
In Italian, tu is informal and singular, while Lei is formal and singular and voi is plural, whether informal or formal. On and si are used as an abstract subject meaning one, they, you, we, people in general, etc.