Everyday italiano

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Everyday italiano

Postby johnnyonthespot » 12 Apr 2010, 12:53

Some of you may have noticed that my mind wanders in strange directions now and then...

I have a question for our members who live their daily lives in Italia and are native or near-native speakers of the language.

I think it fair to say that the typical American delicatessen customer might request "a quarter pound" of prosciutto or "a half pound" of genoa salami (give me these two - have to be really thinly sliced - and a good loaf of bread and I am a happy man!). When an Italiano makes a similar purchase, is he more likely to request "un ottavo chilo/chilogrammo di prosciutto" or "cento grammi di prosciutto"?

Do Italians use both forms (ottavo-, quarto-, mezzo chilo and cento-, due cento-, cinquecento grammi) in daily life or is one preferred and the other rarely or never used?
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Re: Everyday italiano

Postby liviomoreno » 12 Apr 2010, 13:29

In Italy we generally use:

Un etto = 100 grams
Due etti e mezzo = 250 grams
mezzo chilo = 1 Kg
Sette etti = 700 grams
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Re: Everyday italiano

Postby johnnyonthespot » 12 Apr 2010, 13:46

liviomoreno wrote:In Italy we generally use:

Un etto = 100 grams
Due etti e mezzo = 250 grams
mezzo chilo = 1 Kg
Sette etti = 700 grams


You see, that is the problem with learning italiano by any means other than simply moving to Italy and being immersed in the culture.

etto? ettogrammo? If 100 is cento and one-tenth is decimo, where does etto come from??

Also, I would have thought that mezzo chilo would equal one-half Kg or 500 grams. Do I misunderstand, or did you mis-type?
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Re: Everyday italiano

Postby liviomoreno » 12 Apr 2010, 14:09

I mistyped :oops: : mezzo chilo = 1/2 Kg = 500 grams


Hecto or hecta (symbol h) is a prefix in the metric system denoting a factor of one hundred (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hecto). In Italian it becomes etto


1 decagrammo = 10 grammi (is used in some villages in Veneto region)
1 etto(grammo) = 100 grammi
1 chilo = 10 etti = 1000 grammi
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Re: Everyday italiano

Postby johnnyonthespot » 12 Apr 2010, 14:22

Well, at least it makes sense now. :)
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Re: Everyday italiano

Postby DeFilippis78 » 12 Apr 2010, 22:26

Boy does your mind wander...salami and prosciutto? LOL!

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PS- Its yummy! Just got a kick out of the question
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Re: Everyday italiano

Postby PeterTimber » 17 Apr 2010, 18:08

1 Pound is not exactly 500 grams but is actually 454 grams. So that when your in Italy and ask for mezzo kilo you will be paying for 50 more grams than a pound. =Peter=
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Re: Everyday italiano

Postby legnoduro » 01 May 2010, 21:00

To be very accurate 1 avoirdupois pound is equal to exactly 453.59237 grams, but whose counting? :wink:
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