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lingua  

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a      (Anat, Culin)     (fig)   tongue  
mostrare la lingua a qn      to stick o put out one's tongue at sb  
avere qc sulla punta della lingua        (fig)   to have sth on the tip of one's tongue  
ce l'ho sulla punta della lingua      it's on the tip of my tongue  
avere la lingua sciolta      to have the gift of the gab  
avere una lingua velenosa        (fig)   to have a nasty tongue  
tenere a freno la lingua      to hold one's tongue  
avere la lingua lunga        (fig)   to talk too much  
la lingua batte dove il dente duole        (Proverbio)    it is human nature to dwell on one's misfortunes  
  lingua di bue     (Culin)   ox tongue  
  lingue di gatto     (biscotti)    langues de chat
b      (linguaggio)    language, tongue  
parla tre lingue      he speaks three languages  
lingua viva/morta      living/dead language  
la lingua italiana      the Italian language  
paesi di lingua inglese      English-speaking countries  
non parliamo la stessa lingua        (anche)      (fig)   we don't talk the same language  
studiare lingue      to study languages  
studio lingue all'università      I'm studying languages at university  
  lingua franca   lingua franca  
  lingua madre   mother tongue
c      lingua di fuoco   tongue of flame  
  lingua di terra   spit of land  


Lingua e Funzioni       Language in Use  
  
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    Accordo  
    Approvazione  
    Auguri  
    Consigli  
    Corrispondenza  
    Disapprovazione  
    Dissenso  
    Dissertazione  
    Domanda di lavoro  
    Gusti  
    Intenzioni  
    Obbligo  
    Offerte  
    Opinioni  
    Paragoni  
    Partecipazioni  
    Permesso  
    Richieste  
    Ringraziamenti  
    Scuse  
    Suggerimenti  
    Telefono  
  
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