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English translation: in an undertone (or leave in Italian; the phrase is common in English)

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Italian term or phrase:sotto voce
English translation:in an undertone (or leave in Italian; the phrase is common in English)
Entered by: Heathcliff
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19:21 Sep 25, 2000
Italian to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
Italian term or phrase: sotto voce
"ach" he said,"I had forgotten the shoe," adding sotto voce, "the shoe? the shoe?"
Mercedes
"in an undertone"
Explanation:
Literally, "under the voice"; sometimes also implies the act of speaking to oneself.

Cheers, HC
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Heathcliff
United States
Local time: 05:00
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Summary of answers provided
5 +1sotto voceDR. RICHARD BAVRY
na +2"in an undertone"Heathcliff
na"in a whisper" or "below his voice"Mattia
nasoftly
CLS Lexi-tech
naquietlyfmatteoda
nain an undertone or aside
Patricia Ferreira Larrieux


  

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54 mins peer agreement (net): +2
"in an undertone"


Explanation:
Literally, "under the voice"; sometimes also implies the act of speaking to oneself.

Cheers, HC


Heathcliff
United States
Local time: 05:00
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 504
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  xxxAbu Amaal: from Sacks, "The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat" The man is puzzled. Mercedes: Try "Awakenings", book and movie
368 days
  -> Good eye! -- She wanted the meaning, q.e.d. As Dr. B. notes, preserving the Italian is a matter of taste...

agree  Floriana
595 days
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8 hrs
quietly


Explanation:
simpler than in an undertone

fmatteoda
Spain
Local time: 14:00
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9 hrs
softly


Explanation:
lowering his voice,
Saluti
Paola L M


CLS Lexi-tech
Local time: 08:00
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
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10 hrs
in an undertone or aside


Explanation:
Definition given by Oxford Dictionary & Thesaurus. Origin: Italian sotto (under) and voce (voice)
HTH Patricia Ferreira


Patricia Ferreira Larrieux
Italy
Local time: 14:00
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish, Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 53
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18 days
"in a whisper" or "below his voice"


Explanation:
See Dict. SANI.
"sotto voce" is the same as "whispering"
Bye
Paola


Mattia
Local time: 14:00
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 4
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367 days   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +1
sotto voce


Explanation:
Let it stand as is [in italics...pun?]in a literary context...depends to a great extent on the intent of the author and the audience he/she wishes to reach.

For instance, would one translate "ben trovato" or "allegro assai"?


    good taste and personal experience with pretentiousness vs. artistic impact
DR. RICHARD BAVRY
PRO pts in pair: 60

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Heathcliff: As a long-time opponent of dumbing-down, I say "stet" (in italics)!
1 day1 hr
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