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Useful Italian words
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2005, 10:14:44 PM »
Couldn't agree with you more Anne - absolute number one priority!  
I can still remember the panic stricken face of an italian when he had to direct me to a loo with no paper.  Little did he know I was prepared for such eventualities!    :lol: :lol:

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Re: Useful Italian words
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2012, 11:05:16 AM »
This list is pretty accurate although I there are some discrepancies:

Fatto a Mano = Made by hand
Ciotola = Bowl or basin
Alzata =cake tray or cake stand
Vassoio = Tray
Molatura = any type of cold working technique
Portacenere/Posacenere = Ashtray
Manico = Handle (Maniglia/e can also be used)
Murrina/e = for the decorative glass chips Murano is famous for
If you are ever having trouble translating something and just need a word, a great site I use for various translations is called:

It is a bit like a wikipedia of language.  There are a number of languages available and there are user discussions/help for each word, the site has helped me quite a lot.

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Re: Useful Italian words
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2012, 09:11:29 PM »
Murrina/e = for the decorative glass chips Murano is famous for

Had to laugh at that one... might have a few here spluttering though ;-)
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Re: Useful Italian words
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2013, 11:00:51 PM »
G'day All

Here are some useful terms and words that we use in our daily operations which will give you a good idea when looking at Murano Glass


Tutto Oro - ALL Gold
Ametista - Amethyst
Oro - Gold
Rubino - Ruby
Nero - Black
Fume - Smoke
Bianco - White
Cobalto - Cobalt
Verde - Green
Aranchio - Orange
Pasta - Paste


Tre Fuochi - 3 Fires
Smalti - Hand enamelling
Ciao Siamo - About Us
Coroso - Surface technique where the outer layer is dipped in Acid to give a corroded effect

More to come!


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