Standing outside a restaurant last week, my friend introduced me to a group of friends. While he turned to continue his conversation with another person I began to chat with one of the women.
Of course, our conversation started out by saying the introductory greetings of “Ciao/Hello…” “Come stai?/How are you?”….etc. Later in the conversation, I noticed her beautiful red necklace.
“Che bel collare!” I exclaimed.
I received a puzzled look from the woman. Then I pointed to her red necklace hanging around her neck.
“Oh!” She said a wide grin flashing across her face, “La mia collana.”
Ah yes…”collana” because “collare” means collar.
“What a beautiful collar!” …so…I basically just told the woman she looked like a dog. Awesome.