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The word “Hello”-Intermediate #13-Italian Podcast

Hi everyone, and welcome to the Italian Podcast!
In this intermediate episode, I will tell you one of the most famous Italian words in the world: I said “Hello”. Before we start, I remind you that you can read the transcript of this episode on, where you will find the translation of the most difficult words.

Let’s start with the etymology, the word “hello” is really interesting. In fact, the word “hello” comes from the Latin “sclavus”.In Latin, the word originally meant “Slavic”, or a person Sense of belonging Aitnia Slavs. (Belongs to the race of the Slavs) But the word “slave” (“slave” in English) also comes from slavus. How to explain this? (How do you explain?) Well, since most of the slaves in Roman times came from the Balkans, the word “sclavus” means “Slavic”, assumed The meaning of slave (Takes the meaning of “slave”-Hypothesis = hypothetical past tense), servant,precisely.

In the Veneto region, the expression “s-ciavo” (i.e. [sono vostro] Slave), it was derived from the word “sclavus” and became (=become) Then “w-hello” is used as Greetings (Greeting) Why use the word “slave” to greet others? Well, to define yourself as someone’s “slave” means to show deep respect to your interlocutor.probably it is (=era) It is actually an absolutely formal register.
From the Venetian “s-hello”, greetings spread to Lombardy in the form of “hello”, and then spread to Italian from there, and it became more and more common throughout the peninsula since 1800.
“Ciao” is not only used in Italian, but also in many other languages: English, Spanish, French, German, and even more distant languages ​​such as Russian, Estonian or Macedonian. Even in Hungary, where I am now in Erasmus, I hear someone say “Hello” as a greeting.

Why is “Hello” so popular?people think that It was Italian immigrants who spread it (It was Italian immigrants who spread it) In many countries of the world. We Italians have traveled all over the world, and in many of the things we export, there is also the word “hello”.Also (but this is my personal theory) the word “hello” is Interesting pronunciation (Pronounced interesting). It seems to be a sentence Ok (Fun, beautiful, and enjoyable), A friendly word, like “aloha” in Hawaiian.In my opinion, the voice factor May have contributed to its success. (May have contributed to its success)
However, an important difference is that in other languages, “hello” is usually only used for bid farewell (Say goodbye), While in Italian, it can be used when you meet and leave.

In Italian, “ciao” is considered an informal greeting, You can turn (Can be solved) To their family or friends.
However, in today’s language, it is becoming more and more common to use “hello” to greet people we don’t know. A young man calls another young man (or someone who is not too old, for example, under the age of forty), and even if he does not know him, he will greet him with “hello”. Give him tu (Use the informal “tu” to call him). When “you say you” is actually greeted by saying “hello”, and when It is called “you” (Use the formal “thunder” to address someone) We greeted each other and said “good morning/evening”. It is a trend in Italian today that the honorific “thunder” is used less and less and replaced by “you”. It’s normal to be greeted or greeted when you walk into a store. On the other hand, few people use “hello” to greet old people (except for your grandparents, relatives, or people you know very well) or people who work. Prominent position (Outstanding position) (For example, professors, lawyers, doctors, politicians, etc.).

Finally, I want to tell you that the most famous song has the word “Hello” in the title, that is…
This is Bella Ciao, a popular song was born Guerrilla (Guerrilla) During the Second World War, they fought against it Intruder (aggressor), As he said, Nazi fascists. “Bella Ciao” after the war He is lucky (Luck here = success), Was sung, translated and spread to all parts of the world. There are many versions of “Bella Ciao”, and there are many historical versions they tried to try Retrospective Its origin. (Tracing its origin) There are so many that a professor at my former university dedicated a whole book to introduce the history of this song.
Although “Bella Ciao” was born [in Italia] And related to events in Italy, in many places in Europe, it has become Song of Rebellion (Song of Rebellion) Oppose nationalist regimes. Bella Ciao was sung during the protests against Erdogan in Turkey in 2013 and 2015 Show solidarity (Indicating unity) To the victims of the terrorist attack at the office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
Fame by Bella Ciao contribution (=Help it become more famous) And its use in the La Casa de Papel series, I personally don’t look at it, but it’s very, very famous.
[Musica “Casa de Papel”]
The version sung in the series later became a remix created by DJ Hugel, judging from 63 million views on YouTube, Achieved great success (Has been very successful).
[Remix di Hugel]

This is all I want to tell you about the word “hello”. I hope you enjoy this episode.If so, I invite you to listen Other episodes of the podcast And if you feel particularly good, you can leave a positive review on Podcast Italiano Apple PodcastThank you for listening and see you in the next episode.


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