Lately I have been catching some fun photos of gli anziani – seniors. Most anziani are nonni – grandparents. Grandparents play a very important part in Italian culture. This usually comes in the form of giving out insightful advise, Sunday dinners, spoiling grandchildren but even raising their grandchildren. In most Italian families both parents are working and rely on the help of their own parents to help with the daily activities of the kids. It is not unusual to see i nonni picking up the kids from school and taking them to swim class or soccer practice. It is a big responsibility and clearly they have a huge impact on their grandchildren’s lives.
Here are a few classic photos of gli anziani doing what they do best and vocabulary words as they relate to i nonni.
For a great instagram account dedicated to the nonni of the world, check out: nstagram.com/notmynonni
grandmother – nonna
grandfather – nonno
granddaughter – nipotina
grandson – nipote
grandchildren – nipoti
great-grandfather – bisnonno
great-grandmother – bisnonna
to spoil (because let’s face it – that is the #1 job of the nonni) – viziare
So there you have it, a small list of words for a big part of Italian culture.