Tuesday, December 19, 2017

La Befana

Day 101 of My Italian Learning Journal*
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At my age I still enjoy children's stories. When my daughter and son were children I would read to them a great deal, and when our granddaughter came along I enjoyed reading stories to her as well. Today on the Internet I came across the Italian story about La Befana. What a delightful story. Below is the English and Italian verse I found at www.italianheritagecom. That website is worth browsing.

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La Befana vien di notte
con le scarpe tutte rotte
col vestito alla "romana"
viva viva la Befana!!

Porta cenere e carboni

ai bambini cattivoni
ai bambini belli e buoni
porta chicchi e tanti doni!

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The Befana comes by night
With her shoes all broken
With a dress in Roman style
Up, up with the Befana !!

She brings ashes and coal 
To bad nasty children
To the nice good child
She brings candies and many gifts!

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Alla prossima!

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*Note: This is my personal journal of daily practice in learning Italian. I welcome Italian grammar corrections. Grazie.

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