Sunday, April 15, 2018

Iberian Pigs Fly to Texas

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Day 218 of My Italian Learning Journal*

Even though my prime purpose for this blog has been to maintain a habit of devoting some time every day to learning and practice some Italian, I like to write abound something interesting, rather than just a grammar exercise. The topic for today I found especially interesting, from an article in the Texas Highways Magazine. There's a funny expression, "If pigs could fly." Apparently, they can and they did fly to Texas.  Manuel Murga and Sergio Marsal, flew 150 black Iberian pigs, on board a KLM from Spain to Texas. What I find fascinating is the Iberian pigs' predilection for acorns, and the composition of theTexas acorn turns out to be like that of the acorn in Murga's family ranch in Spain. The purpose of all this is the production of high-end Jamón ibérico de bellota (ham of acorns). One more point of interested, Over the species' 2,000 years of eating acorns, these pigs have developed a talent for unshelling the acorns in their jaws and spitting out the unwanted caps! (If you have corrections for my Italian grammar in my practice script below, they are welcome.)

Ascolta Questo:
  • Ho letto una storia interessante sui maiali iberici che volano in Texas.
    I read an interesting story about Iberian pigs flying to Texas.
  • Perché il Texas? Per le querce e le ghiande.
    Why Texas? For the oak trees and the acorns.
  • Il miglior prosciutto spagnolo proviene dai maiali neri iberici che mangiano ghiande.
    The finest of Spanish ham comes from the black Iberian black pigs that eat acorns.
  • Il processo di allevamento, macellazione e stagionatura dei suini iberici segue una tradizione di 2000 anni.
    The process of Iberian pig breeding, slaughter, and curing follows a 2,000-year-old tradition.
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- Valerio_roma
- Valleri2004

Alla prossima!

- Texas Highways Magazine, May 2018
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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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