• How do you say "cat" in... ?

    I'm trying to learn how to say "cat" in as many languages as possible. I already know GATTO (Italian), GATO (Spanish), CHAT (French), KATZE (German), and KOT (Russian). If your native language isn't any of the above, could you help me please? Or if you speak a second language that is different from those listed above... Please,... show more
    I'm trying to learn how to say "cat" in as many languages as possible. I already know GATTO (Italian), GATO (Spanish), CHAT (French), KATZE (German), and KOT (Russian). If your native language isn't any of the above, could you help me please? Or if you speak a second language that is different from those listed above... Please, don't forget to let me know which language it is!!! If you give me the phonetic transcription as well, so that I can pronounce it correctly, I'll give you best answer ;-) Thanks!
    27 answers · Languages · 1 decade ago
  • AC Milan is still in "serie A" but out of the Champions League: who should we root for now?

    The trial in Italy came to an end. Juventus, Fiorentina and Lazio were relegated to "serie B". AC Milan is still in "serie A" but was penalized and won't play the next Champions League. Should AC Milan fans support Inter Milan or Roma now? A true AC Milan fan in Italy would rather die than do that. Who will you Rossoneri... show more
    The trial in Italy came to an end. Juventus, Fiorentina and Lazio were relegated to "serie B". AC Milan is still in "serie A" but was penalized and won't play the next Champions League. Should AC Milan fans support Inter Milan or Roma now? A true AC Milan fan in Italy would rather die than do that. Who will you Rossoneri fans support in the next Champions League?
    10 answers · Italian Football (Soccer) · 1 decade ago
  • What do you think of Chirac praising Zidane after the final?

    This question is open to anybody who wants to answer it, but I'd also like to hear what the French think about it. I know that Chirac didn't say Zidane was right headbutting another player on the pitch -- he actually didn't talk about the incident at all. However, he only had words of praise for Zidane. "You are a virtuoso, a... show more
    This question is open to anybody who wants to answer it, but I'd also like to hear what the French think about it. I know that Chirac didn't say Zidane was right headbutting another player on the pitch -- he actually didn't talk about the incident at all. However, he only had words of praise for Zidane. "You are a virtuoso, a genius of world football," Chirac said, according to The Associated Press. "You are also a man of heart, commitment, conviction. That's why France admires and loves you." Do you think he was right, considering that he is the President, a spokesman and an example for a whole nation? No doubt Zidane is a football legend and he deserves praise for his talent, but isn't sportsmanship equally important? Vous pouvez écrire en français, si vous voulez. Je parle français aussi.
    7 answers · FIFA World Cup (TM) · 1 decade ago
  • Can you believe this?

    They [the immigrants] will ruin, invade, overflow us, sleep with our wives [or women], daughters and sons. Jean-Marie Le Pen, 1982 The 'sidaïques' [AIDS patients], by breathing the virus through all their pores, put into question the equilibrium of the nation... The 'sidaïque' is contagious by his sweat, his saliva, his contact.... show more
    They [the immigrants] will ruin, invade, overflow us, sleep with our wives [or women], daughters and sons. Jean-Marie Le Pen, 1982 The 'sidaïques' [AIDS patients], by breathing the virus through all their pores, put into question the equilibrium of the nation... The 'sidaïque' is contagious by his sweat, his saliva, his contact. It's a kind of leper. Jean-Marie Le Pen, May 6, 1987 Yes, I do believe in the inequality of races! Jean-Marie Le Pen, August 31, 1996. If you take a book of a thousand pages on the Second World War, in which 50 million people died, the concentration camps occupy two pages and the gas chambers ten or 15 lines, and that's what's called a detail. Jean-Marie LePen December 5, 1997 Munich. Now, this guy has even run for President in France!!! But not because he's racist *ALL* French are racists. Same for Italy. Calderoli and The Northern League are the equivalent of LePen and his Front National. Guess each country has its black sheep.
    12 answers · FIFA World Cup (TM) · 1 decade ago
  • Why has Spain never made it beyond the quarterfinals, if they have a strong league and some good players?

    Just wondering... By the way, I'm not Spanish, so Spanish bashing answers won't work ;-)
    Just wondering... By the way, I'm not Spanish, so Spanish bashing answers won't work ;-)
    8 answers · FIFA World Cup (TM) · 1 decade ago
  • Should I start headbutting all those who are insulting Italians ;-)?

    Do *all* French players headbutt their opponents? Of course not. Neither do *all* Italian players insult their opponents. I've read some of you think that's their routine strategy, though. Well, they are really dumb then. They could get Zidane sent off earlier in the game... Not only wouldn't he have kicked penalties for... show more
    Do *all* French players headbutt their opponents? Of course not. Neither do *all* Italian players insult their opponents. I've read some of you think that's their routine strategy, though. Well, they are really dumb then. They could get Zidane sent off earlier in the game... Not only wouldn't he have kicked penalties for France, but he wouldn't also have tried to score against them or helped his teammates do so. Come on people, just because Materazzi is an idiot, you can't infer a whole team or a whole nation are like him!!! And stop bashing the French too, those of you who are doing so. The match is over. The World Cup is over. Italy won, but they lost to Brazil on penalty shootouts in the final in 1994. They also lost to France on penalty shootouts in the quarterfinals in 1998. This time, it was just Italy's turn to win the same exact way they lost in the past. End of the story. Or should I just start headbutting all those who are insulting Italy? ;-)
    6 answers · FIFA World Cup (TM) · 1 decade ago
  • Why are you required to indicate what "race" you are when you fill out some forms in the USA?

    DISCLAIMER -- I'm not saying the US is a racist nation. It just struck me because you don't do that in Italy when you apply to College, or a job, or the equivalent of a SSN. The USA are a democracy, aren't they? So, all citizens are equal. Who cares if you are White/Caucasian, African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian, African, Middle... show more
    DISCLAIMER -- I'm not saying the US is a racist nation. It just struck me because you don't do that in Italy when you apply to College, or a job, or the equivalent of a SSN. The USA are a democracy, aren't they? So, all citizens are equal. Who cares if you are White/Caucasian, African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian, African, Middle Eastern, or Other? How can Americans allow and accept this? I'm posting this in the FIFA World Cup section because racial debate is one of the favorite subjects here ;-)
    17 answers · FIFA World Cup (TM) · 1 decade ago
  • Why don't the Italians have any colored players in their team?

    Because African immigration to Italy is relatively recent!!! (It probably started 10-20 years ago). When there's talented players of African origins, they'll be part of the team too. Remember that you have to be a citizen to play for a national team!!! France and England had colonies in Africa for many many years, and that favored the... show more
    Because African immigration to Italy is relatively recent!!! (It probably started 10-20 years ago). When there's talented players of African origins, they'll be part of the team too. Remember that you have to be a citizen to play for a national team!!! France and England had colonies in Africa for many many years, and that favored the immigration of African people to those countries. Italy only had Ethiopia and Somalia (under Mussolini) and lost them very soon. I know I answered my question myself, but I read some stupid comments somewhere, claiming "the Italians are racist because they don't have any colored player in their team". I lived in Italy most of my life and my father worked in an office where they helped immigrants, so I know. If Materazzi really said something racist, don't you worry, he will pay for it. Man, I'm so sick to read people call us Italians "racist"!!! Grrrrrrrrr
    18 answers · FIFA World Cup (TM) · 1 decade ago
  • Who said that Americans know crap about soccer ;-) ?

    The Washington Post, more than a month before, got it right ;-) From The Washington Post - World Cup 2006 special edition, Wednesday, June 7, 2006: "Despite the distraction of the scandal enveloping Italian soccer and obsessive concerns about playmaker Francesco Totti's recovery from a broken leg, the Azzurri appear to be... show more
    The Washington Post, more than a month before, got it right ;-) From The Washington Post - World Cup 2006 special edition, Wednesday, June 7, 2006: "Despite the distraction of the scandal enveloping Italian soccer and obsessive concerns about playmaker Francesco Totti's recovery from a broken leg, the Azzurri appear to be Europe's best threat to unseat Brazil as world champion. The classically firm back line supports the central midfield tandem of Andrea Pirlo (a free kick master) and Gennaro Gattuso (a nasty enforcer), all of which leads to an attack instigated by Totti and topped by 6-foot-4 Luca Toni and Alberto Gilardino. Best-Case Scenario: Playing Brazil in the July 9 final. Worst-Case Scenario: Finish second in the group and play Brazil in the round of 16." They were wrong about Brazil though. But then again, the whole world was...
    12 answers · FIFA World Cup (TM) · 1 decade ago
  • Did you know that in 1994 Brazil won the World Cup in shootouts, and the final was Brazil vs Italy?

    So did France in 1998, when they beat Italy in the quarterfinals. I guess PKs were a GREAT way to end a game back then ;-) Get over it, folks, it's over! Better luck next time.
    So did France in 1998, when they beat Italy in the quarterfinals. I guess PKs were a GREAT way to end a game back then ;-) Get over it, folks, it's over! Better luck next time.
    3 answers · FIFA World Cup (TM) · 1 decade ago
  • Zidane-Materazzi, doesn't this remind you of Rooney-C.Ronaldo?

    That whole Rooney-C.Ronaldo crap went on for days after that game. How long will this last? ;-) Instead of making speculations and bashing Italy, Portugal, England, or France (depending on who you root for) just be sad that the World Cup is over!!! Or happy if you didn't like it. No more World Cup matches until 2010!!!
    That whole Rooney-C.Ronaldo crap went on for days after that game. How long will this last? ;-) Instead of making speculations and bashing Italy, Portugal, England, or France (depending on who you root for) just be sad that the World Cup is over!!! Or happy if you didn't like it. No more World Cup matches until 2010!!!
    10 answers · FIFA World Cup (TM) · 1 decade ago
  • Why are there so many racist people here?

    Everybody here is blaming Zidane's headbutt to Materazzi on something racist that the Italian player must have told him. As of now, nobody - not even the media - knows what really happened, or who said what. All we saw was Zidane's headbutt. Just because Zidane's parents are Algerian, you assume that Materazzi told him something... show more
    Everybody here is blaming Zidane's headbutt to Materazzi on something racist that the Italian player must have told him. As of now, nobody - not even the media - knows what really happened, or who said what. All we saw was Zidane's headbutt. Just because Zidane's parents are Algerian, you assume that Materazzi told him something racist. Well, that's quite a racist assumption. If you can't mentally assimilate Algerians and Muslims to everybody else in the world, then you really have a problem, folks. Plus... I don't know what you people (especially envi_v) learn in your history classes in the USA, but Italy got over Mussolini and Fascism long ago. In fact, most of the Italian population was against him, and fought side by side with the Americans to free Italy from Fascism and Nazism. When the Americans got to Italy, half of it had already been freed by the Italian Resistance movement. The few neo-nazis in Italy are regarded by most of us as what they are: IDIOTS.
    8 answers · FIFA World Cup (TM) · 1 decade ago
  • If Italy loses to France tomorrow, how many "geniuses" here will say "those cheaters got what they deserved"

    Or something like that... Just checking how many soccer geniuses we have in this community...
    Or something like that... Just checking how many soccer geniuses we have in this community...
    18 answers · FIFA World Cup (TM) · 1 decade ago
  • Why do so many people hate the French?

    I am Italian, and of course I want Italy to win tomorrow!!! But I can't understand why so many people hate the French. Not only their team, but the nation in general. I've been to France several times, and I can tell you it's a charming country. Paris is one of the most beautiful cities ever. France has good wine, good cheese, and... show more
    I am Italian, and of course I want Italy to win tomorrow!!! But I can't understand why so many people hate the French. Not only their team, but the nation in general. I've been to France several times, and I can tell you it's a charming country. Paris is one of the most beautiful cities ever. France has good wine, good cheese, and its sophisticated cuisine is one of the most appreciated worldwide along with the Italian. They don't eat just frogs or snails. Granted, the French sometimes do sound a little snobbish and they do pronounce foreign names their own way, but they have good reasons for being proud of their country. They have a great cultural heritage -- novelists, poets, philosophers, painters, sculptors, architects. Modern art was born in France with the Impressionists. They were the first country to be a republic while all surrounding countries were still monarchies. Not all of the French vote for LePen or are racist. So, why do you people hate them? Just curious...
    12 answers · FIFA World Cup (TM) · 1 decade ago
  • Tell me, Italy haters: how does Gianluigi Buffon cheat to save the goal?

    Looks like some of you think that the Italian team isn't skilled or talented at all. They are a bunch of corrupts who play like sissies, pay the referees and cheat. Now, you can cheat/dive/fake to get a penalty and score a goal. But how do you fake a save? How does Gianluigi Buffon (whom I'm pretty sure you don't consider talented and... show more
    Looks like some of you think that the Italian team isn't skilled or talented at all. They are a bunch of corrupts who play like sissies, pay the referees and cheat. Now, you can cheat/dive/fake to get a penalty and score a goal. But how do you fake a save? How does Gianluigi Buffon (whom I'm pretty sure you don't consider talented and skilled, let alone one of the best goalies in the world) cheat? Come on, haters of the Italian team, surprise me! The most imaginative answer will get points.
    15 answers · FIFA World Cup (TM) · 1 decade ago
  • Don't you think you should be talking about national soccer teams, not nations, and avoid stupid stereotypes?

    Just wondering... I've been reading too many insulting comments like "Italy is a nation that is famous for all types of cheating", "Spaniards are racist", "Portuguese are immoral", and so on. Hello, this is the soccer world cup, so just talk about soccer teams and leave nations alone!!! You can't judge a... show more
    Just wondering... I've been reading too many insulting comments like "Italy is a nation that is famous for all types of cheating", "Spaniards are racist", "Portuguese are immoral", and so on. Hello, this is the soccer world cup, so just talk about soccer teams and leave nations alone!!! You can't judge a whole nation based on their soccer players, or stupid stereotypes.
    8 answers · FIFA World Cup (TM) · 1 decade ago