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Old August 19th, 2013, 03:51 PM   #21581
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Old August 19th, 2013, 03:58 PM   #21582
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Yep. It looks as there were 3 hostages, one of them the vice-mayor, he was released, but there still are 2, the stalked woman and another person. The hostage taker seems to have a gun, and police fears he will use it.
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Old August 19th, 2013, 04:00 PM   #21583
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I though you were somewhere in Austria before realizing that Fassatal was the famous valley in Trentino between Moena and Canazei that we call Val di Fassa (where I spent summer holidays in 2010-11-12).
I never heard the German name in Italy, cause it's in Trentino, not Alto Adige and thus not bilingual.
Anyway, nice mountains there.
You're right, it's not bilingual. At least, not with German. It's actually bilingual Italian-Ladin, sometimes even monolingual with Ladin (street names are only in Ladin, at least in Vigo/Vich). German signs are widespread, though, due to closeness with Südtirol and the massive presence of German tourists.

I thought Fassatal would be more recognizable to our Northern European forumers here than Val di Fassa (or Val de Fascia).
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Old August 19th, 2013, 05:16 PM   #21584
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You're right, it's not bilingual. At least, not with German. It's actually bilingual Italian-Ladin, sometimes even monolingual with Ladin (street names are only in Ladin, at least in Vigo/Vich). German signs are widespread, though, due to closeness with Südtirol and the massive presence of German tourists.

I thought Fassatal would be more recognizable to our Northern European forumers here than Val di Fassa (or Val de Fascia).
Right. The Ladin language, spoken in several places in the provinces of Trento, Bolzano and Belluno and recognized as minority language by the Italian state, is very widespread in Val di Fassa, where more than 80% of people are Ladin motherlanguage. However, they all speak Italian perfecly, unlikely many germanophone Suedtirolers that sounds like foreigners while they speak Italian. In Vigo di Fassa there's a museum of the Ladin culture.
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Old August 19th, 2013, 05:20 PM   #21585
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Of course. The real Südtirolians don't consider themselves Italian, and they're still a few of those who don't speak Italian at all...
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Old August 19th, 2013, 05:29 PM   #21586
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Of course. The real Südtirolians don't consider themselves Italian, and they're still a few of those who don't speak Italian at all...
And it's not just them. My late father-in-law from Abruzzo didn't speak Italian either...

Of course yours is a generalization, there are many Südtirolers who feel Italian. Race walker Alex Schwazer comes to mind, who always felt Italian (and for that was threatened by the Schutzen, Tirolean nationalists). Of course, he also said he didn't do doping...

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Old August 19th, 2013, 05:43 PM   #21587
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Many 70+ y.o. Italians don't speak Italian or speak it uncorrenctly. In fact, especially in rural areas (also in the north), it was common to leave school after few years of elementary school because they have to help their parents in the fields or take care of their younger brothers. People hardly any travelled so they could communicate each other with the local dialect.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 03:08 AM   #21588
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Yesterday I saw someone walking his cat; have you ever seen that?
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Old August 20th, 2013, 09:38 AM   #21589
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Old August 20th, 2013, 10:33 AM   #21590
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Seen it? I've done it!
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Old August 20th, 2013, 11:32 AM   #21591
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Yesterday I saw someone walking his cat; have you ever seen that?
I saw that once and thought it was very weird.
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I've seen people walking chicken, on leash and stuff. Nuff said.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 01:47 PM   #21593
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Once I saw in Ljubljana someone walking around with a python around his neck.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 02:09 PM   #21594
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Check out what was "walking" this guy a few weeks ago in Arad, Romania:

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Old August 20th, 2013, 02:17 PM   #21595
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It took me a while to spot it.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 02:18 PM   #21596
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Looks like a rucksack decoration.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 02:31 PM   #21597
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That's a lizard walking his pet human.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 02:42 PM   #21598
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A foreign driver faces 6 years for speeding in CZ, alcohol and bribing police officers. His repeating "Kein Punk, kein Problem" with 20 euro in his hand did not help.

Eh 20 euro?

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Old August 20th, 2013, 02:52 PM   #21599
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Me and a colleague driver were speeding through CZ once on B roads. We doing about 120 behind each other in our vans where the speedlimit was 90. Had to pay about 10 euros each...
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If anyone is wondering, he was saying "kein Punkt, kein Problem".
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