Stupefatto (Italian Edition)
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Translation of “stupefatto” — Italian–English dictionary
One of the first things that struck me was the relation between action and consequence, which is different in the other countries I knew, Britain and the United States. Here someone is found to have abused their position of public office — given jobs to relatives, accepted bribes, spent public money on personal pleasures — but does not resign, does not think of resigning, attacks the moralists and sails on regardless. Statistics show that tax evasion is endemic, and the more so the more one moves south, to the point that around Naples, dentists declare lower incomes than policemen.
Needless to say, the fiscal shortfall has to be made up with government borrowing and higher taxes for those who do pay. Meanwhile, though sports is glaringly corrupt, fans are as passionate as ever. As the owner of the big soccer club A. Milan, Mr. The Language Police aren't going to come and kick your door in, in the middle of the night, if don't understand all the words, or you read slowly.
The only failure is if you never make the attempt: even if you try a book and discover that it's too difficult, you will have learned some words and grammar and also you will have learned that you need an easier book and you should go back to the original one later. No time you spend where you learned something is ever wasted. Pick a book you think you might enjoy reading, and just dig in. I find it helps, if your command of the language isn't great, to read a book you've already read in English.
That way, you know pretty much what's going on, and that gives you some clues for the words you don't understand.
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Reading is really brilliant practice for language-learning including learning to read and write your own native language better, if that's the language you read in - not only does it increase your vocabulary, but it helps with grammar too. Apart from anything else, you start to catch the "rhythm" of the language, which makes grammar something that comes more naturally. I don't know what I'm afraid of I just am afraid I'll mess up or something.
But yeah I'm not doing it for the language per say, but just to read a book in Italian - because I like Italian literature in English and because my Italian teacher told me to. And indeed! Carpe librum :. That's kind of a difficult starting place. I started reading novels this year, and I read Omicidio di Moda an easy reader mystery, fun and low intermediate level but not too simple , then Seta a historical fiction novel about a silk trader with very short paragraphs, and a nice read and now I'm reading some short stories by Buzzati and also a novel by Elena Ferrante, which are both more challenging.
I would avoid anything with lots of slang some spy novels and regional mysteries have it, I discovered , and older novels with less modern language. I have an idea, since you seem interested in "I Promessi Sposi": I could upload just the first chapter and we could try to translate it together from Italian to English, so you can get a taste of the book's style.
Just an idea, if someone is interested, just comment here and we can arrange it. Good idea! I already own a copy, I bought it cheap at a used bookstore I also have a copy in English. Personally, Duolingo's only downside is that it's all about translating, but in real life it's more important to understand Italian. To understand and to be able to interact properly, you are right. It is the same for English I am Italian as you may have guessed.
But I found the immersion section incredibly helpful, and that's because there are so many people willing to help you. I think you can try it. If you find it too difficult, put it away, it is not a problem. You can read something easier and less ancient. And you will read it someday. That is great. That way you can learn many new words and verbs. I Promessi Sposi is a nice choice, but maybe would be convenient trying first something easier and lighter, like Salgari.
Thank you all so far!
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I actually started learning Italian by reading opera librettos So I'm actually better at understanding the archaic writing style than a modern one. My teacher seems to think I should be able to take on Umberto Eco But I'm afraid of that too.
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I am enjoying reading on the Kindle App, for which you can use the built-in dictionary. I try to use only the monolingual dictionary, and only when stumped use the Italian-English one. If you are at all interested, I can highly recommend the Buzzati short stories we are reading here in the Italian Book Club.