Speak Calabrese: Three Calabrese Proverbs You Can Learn Today

Becoming fluent in another language takes hard work, a little patience and a tough skin. You have to listen to the language. You have to speak the language. And it helps if you can live the language.

So if all of this is true … why, oh why is it so dang hard to learn Calabrese?

I hear it all of the time.

I think it is cute and clever.

And I already know a word or two.

Today, I’m gonna share it with you.

And just so you can be deep and philosophical like the Calabrians around me, here are three easy-to-remember Calabrese proverbs you can learn today.

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Calabrese Proverb: “L’arcu suca acqua.”

Italian Translation: “L’arcobaleno prepara la pioggia.”

Translation for the rest of us: “The rainbow prepares the rain.”

… and isn’t that a sweet thought?

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Calabrese Proverb: “Lavùru fattu, dinàri aspetta.”

Italian Translation: “Chi lavora deve essere pagato.”

Translation for the rest of us: “He who works, must be paid.”

and for the record, I couldn’t agree more.

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Calabrese Proverb: “Si ‘un ti muovi ti mangianu i muschi.”

Italian Translation: “Se non ti muovi ti mangeranno le mosche.”

Translation for the rest of us: “If you don’t move, the flies will eat you.”

I’m speechless …

I hope you enjoy this three-minute Calabrese lesson and in bocca al lupo!

Obituary: STAY, GARY

Deseret News (Salt Lake City) March 23, 2010 Gary Eugene Stay 1929 ~ 2010 Gary Eugene Stay passed peacefully surrounded by his wife and four children on March 19, 2010 in Provo, Utah. He was born November 15, 1929 in Huntington Park, California; the second son of Hobert Bailey Stay and Velva Sedonia Jensen Stay. Gary grew up in California along with his older brother Hobert Lee, and his younger sister Donavee.

He graduated from Montebello High School. Gary served in the US Army during the Korean War as a Communications Specialist. He continued using his ham radio experience all of his life. newfamilysearchnow.net new family search

He married Laura Callis Summerhays, October 5, 1953 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have four children. Gary and Laura raised their family in Denver, Colorado. Gary was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served faithfully in any calling he was given. At the time of his death, he was assisting in teaching the new Family Search Program. Gary was a genealogist and firmly believed in family history – a legacy he expects his children to carry on.

Gary earned an MBA at the University of Denver and worked in Hotel and Restaurant Management. He also managed a home for the aged. Gary also was in Hospital Administration. He spent 10 years working with Intermountain Healthcare as a planner and Administrator.

Dad had a special gift for making friends and loved everyone he met, no matter who they were or where they came from. web site new family search

Gary and Laura served two missions, in Guatemala, and in Ecuador. They loved the people they served and those they served with. He also served as a volunteer for the Church in Hawaii.

Gary is survived by his wife, Laura, his four children, Paul (Diane) American Fork, UT, Carl (Nancy), New Berlin, WI, Sandra, Denver, CO and Katherine, Provo, UT; 12 grandchildren and one great- granddaughter. He is also survived by his sister Donavee, Oceanside, CA and many other loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Lee.

Dad, we look forward to the day when we can gather again for another Grandpa Fido Story.

The family would like to express their gratitude for the loving care he received at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center and also, the Intermountain Hospice Care people for their special care in the few days he had at the last.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wed., March 24, 2010 at the Parkway 2nd Ward Chapel (Provo Utah Parkway Stake), 2801 W. 620 N., Provo, UT. Friends may call at the church from 9:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be held at the Coalville City Cemetery in Coalville, Utah.

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  1. More literal renderings to preserve the rustic flavor:

    “L’arcu suca acqua.” — The arch sucks water.

    “Lavùru fattu, dinàri aspetta.” — Work done, dollars expected.

    “Si ‘un ti muovi ti mangianu i muschi.” — Someone aint move, flies eat ‘em.


    Ha! LOVE it. Thank you so much!


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