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Drake & duck

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by rom_itn, Aug 23, 2005.

  1. rom_itn

    rom_itn Senior Member

    Naples
    Sri Lanka - Sinhalese
    Ciao a tutti! Could you please tell me the italian names for duck and drake.
    thanks :)
     
  2. Alfry

    Alfry Senior Member

    Italy
    Italian
    anatra (pl anatre)
    we don't distinguish males from females, as far as I know :D


    drake = il maschio dell'anatra
     
  3. Lisa_I Senior Member

    Boston, MA
    US - English
    duck = anatra
    There must not be a different word in Italian for a male duck, since Garzanti gives:
    drake = maschio dell'anatra

    Edit: Alfry beat me to it! :)
     
  4. rom_itn

    rom_itn Senior Member

    Naples
    Sri Lanka - Sinhalese
    oh! Now I realize why my italian friends use "la moglie o il marito di un animale" when they are refering to the opposite sex of an animal!!!! :D :D
    Thank you
    Rom :)
     
  5. Alfry

    Alfry Senior Member

    Italy
    Italian
    it's better to call them
    il maschio e la femmina di
     
  6. rom_itn

    rom_itn Senior Member

    Naples
    Sri Lanka - Sinhalese
    Come on Alfry, they were just kids who used the "marito and moglie" method. Kids normally talk like this, don't they?
    Anyway it's always better to use the proper way. :)
    Thanks
    Rom
     
  7. Alfry

    Alfry Senior Member

    Italy
    Italian
    ooops, sorry, I didn't get that. I assumed they were children no more.

    Yeah, in that case I agree. A game can help children understand and remember ;)
     
  8. rom_itn

    rom_itn Senior Member

    Naples
    Sri Lanka - Sinhalese
    Acutally It's me who mixed up :eek: . I should have said my sisters friends instead of mine seeing as I'm already 18!!
    Ciao! :)
     
  9. panjandrum

    panjandrum PongoMod

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Kids here would talk about a "Mummy duck" and a "Daddy duck". They use this for all kinds of animals, even if there are particular words for male and female.
     

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