Learn to Speak Mafia: A Boxtree Phrasebook by Bruno Vincent
So you wanna be a wiseguy?
Have you ever watched Goodfellas on DVD, adopted a friendly-but-menacing expression in front of the bathroom mirror and asked if your reflection thinks you're funny? `Funny how, like a clown, I amuse you?' Now try that out in authentic Italian. Repeat after me...
Stylish how-to photographs demonstrate a whole range of genuinely Italian, beautifully disdainful gestures, while a useful glossary will help you to distinguish `a friend of ours' from `a friend of mine' at twenty paces. With Italian translations of all of your favourite Mafia film quotes and useful everyday phrases (`You have a lovely restaurant. I would hate to see it accidentally burnt to the ground.'), this book gives you all the ammunition you need to pretend to be `a made guy'. BadaBING!