February 22nd, 2009

Italian language question

I have some dialogue for a DC Comics fanfic, and I'd like to check with an actual speaker to see if my translation is correct. The speaking character's family comes from Naples Italy, but he was raised an American circus-brat.

Internet Italian Translation by http://translation.babylon.com/Italian
*Mi pentito, come sei bella, cara mia...."
I'm sorry, you're so beautiful, my darling.


"Mi perdoni, sono molto spiacente...."
**Forgive me, I'm so sorry.

Bambino
***Baby

Pifferaia
****Pied Piper (female character's name)

ETA: Answered

Flash Blindness - Causes and chances of recovery?

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Any insight or alternate suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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