I have not been a good Italian student lately, I have to confess. Although I restarted my lessons after a long break, they have only been monthly and in between I have just read the occasional news articles from il post or sometimes watched an Italian video. The end result of this is that lessons have been funny and full of mix-ups but clearly any progress has stalled!!
In yesterday’s lesson I decided that I had been lazy (pigra) previously by not asking many questions in the flow of conversation, so I attempted to challenge myself … “Dovrei fare piu’ domande,” (I should ask more questions), I pointed out at the beginning of the lesson, so my lovely teacher patiently waited whilst I attempted to put together some questions. In English my favourite subject is books that I’ve read, so I asked her what she likes to read, and then managed to tell her that I like reading crime novels, however I mixed up the word “poliziesco” which means crime novel, with the word “poliziotto” which means policeman.
mi piace leggere un poliziotto… I like to read a policeman.
Not really what I was intending, however I try to believe that all my mistakes are useful, as I might remember them and not make them again? Partially true in my case, as there are some mistakes I have definitely made way too many times. Fortunately my teacher is incredibly patient!!
Another fact : Italian also has another word for a crime novel “il giallo” which is the word for “yellow”.
At the moment I am working my way through the wonderful commissaire Adamsberg series by Fred Vargas, in a combination of English and French versions ( the reason for my lapse in Italian studies, being the French distraction!!!). Fred Vargas is a French author (scrittrice francese) and is also a lady! The books are very quirky, funny and dark at the same time. You don’t expect to find too much humour in a crime novel, but she makes it work in a surprising way.
Anyway I could talk about books all day….
i plan to write my next blog post on the topic of words to describe books in Italian for any bookworms out there,
ciao a presto!