October 24, 2012

Sono Confuso

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:59 pm by newsurroundings

A little word can make a big difference.  I’ve been studying Italian now for a few months and trying to speak it some whenever I’m out.  Before I even get started, I tell people that I’m just learning so they’ll understand if I look confused or take an extra long time to say a simple sentence.  I discovered today that I haven’t been saying what I thought I was saying.

I have been meaning to say, “I speak a little Italian”.  Translation- “Parlo un po’ italiano”.

What I have been saying is, “Parlo lo po’ italiano”.  Translation- “I talk about the little Italian”.

That explains all the funny looks I’ve been getting.

 

Addendum:  March 7, 2013- I now know that the correct way to say this is actually, “Parlo poco l’italiano”.  Always learning.

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October 9, 2012

Can You See Me Now?

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:40 pm by newsurroundings

“Am I invisible?”  I often feel that way since it seems like people are always cutting in front of me, as if I’m not even here.  It happened again today at the grocery store.  I was standing in line behind some teenage girls and a boy came up and broke in front of me.  At first I thought maybe he was with the girls, but it wasn’t apparent, so I asked him.  He shrugged and pointed to his one item that he was purchasing and my 5 items.  He did get behind me at that point and I was going to make him wait (as I think he should), but then I let him go in front but with the advice that he should ask next time.  Why do I always go soft??

So, I now know that if the person behind me is not buying as many items as I am, they may feel free to just walk in front of me.  But that doesn’t explain all the other times I have been in line and someone has cut in front of me.  They usually do it rather subtly, so I’m not really sure if they’re in front of me or not until it’s too late.  It’s a technique they must teach in the schools here where you stand just to the side of someone until the precise moment when you seize the opportunity to get in front and leave the other person standing there wondering what just happened.   Well, I say, “Abbastanza!”.