Sei stanco/a?

One of the first things you get to know when you learn a foreign language is how to greet people and ask them how they are. Typical things that can have a different outcome depending on the country.

For example in Poland you risk hearing a whole bunch of complaints on how the world is unfair, the government sucks, the prices are too high and the salaries too low. Alternatively you might also hear a story of an entire family of the person you asked with a simple jak leci? (“how is it going?”).

In Italy I noticed that once you ask someone come va? in response, except of the customary bene (“good”), you can hear also… sono stanco/a (“I’m tired”). I mean, I can understand this answer if the person is asked in the afternoon/evening, because you have all the right to be worn out after a day of work, but why, WHY do people tell me they are tired in the very beginning of the day? No matter what day of the week it is, what hour, if they actually did something before or just slept until 12pm, they are ALWAYS tired…

Ok, sometimes, if you haven’t slept well or enough, you can feel like that. But if the same person tells me the same thing everyday in the morning, there is something wrong here, seriously.

Dear Italian friends, what do you do, that you are always so tired?


Word of the Day

When you have a chance to learn a foreign language by interacting mostly with its native speakers (especially in their own country), you start to have those days, when you hear one particular word over and over again. And, of course, you don’t know or don’t remember what this word means. Also, if you’re lucky to be learning a more complex language than English, you hear all the possible versions of the word. You go through your day, maybe sitting in meetings, talking with people, listening to them and you keep forgetting to check this word’s meaning. Maybe you’re also too embarrassed to ask the people who use it. And it bugs you, oh it bugs you a lot.

It’s a bit like seeing the driving course cars all over the city when you’re in the driving course yourself. You keep hearing this word, it suddenly becomes the main one of every conversation, the key to understanding everything. And then, at the end of the day, you come back home and in your mind you repeat this word, cause you don’t want to forget it before checking in the dictionairy. Or, like me, after hearing the word one too many times, you finally decide to ask and only then you learn (like me) that:

sviluppare = to develop, to grow