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Calculus Affair: What does Arturo - the maniac car driver - say?

#1 · Posted: 19 Jan 2013 05:14
I find the scene one of the funniest in the book, there are many pointers which make me laugh here!
Arturo does say a lot of Italian words which I have never understood (Basta, Va Bene, Addio, Eccola) this is just a few during the drive that Tinin and the Captain endure.

Does anyone know the words Arturo does use within the journey? Are they actual Italian works or slang or some sort?
#2 · Posted: 19 Jan 2013 15:10
I don’t speak any Italian either, but it was the work of moments to check with an on-line translation page (in this case Google Translate), and find that yes, they are indeed Italian, and no indication that they are slang.
basta = “enough”/ “that’ll do”
va bene = “okay”
addio = “good-bye”
eccola = “here it is”

I’ve not got the book to hand, so I’ll leave you to work out the rest!
#3 · Posted: 20 Jan 2013 02:33
Thanks Jock, very handy to know!

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