My Italian word of the day: udiva

La Parola del Giorno

La Parola del Giorno

I have set myself the challenge of translating ‘Storia di una Capinera’ by Giovanni Verga into English at the rate of a word a day.

Verga: Storia di una capinera (book cover)

Verga: Storia di una capinera (book cover)

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The next new word in the text is ‘udiva’.

My dictionary gives this as:

udiva (vt) = he, she, it heard

udiva is the 3rd personal singular imperfect indicative (3° persona singolare dell’indicativo imperfetto) of the verb udire = to hear

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Here is an example:

Era la prima parola di compassione che udiva. = It was the first word of compassion that he heard

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The story so far

Original text:

Storia di una capinera

 Avevo visto una povera capinera chiusa in gabbia: era timide, triste, malaticcia ci guardava con occhio spaventato; si rifuggiava in un angolo della sua gabbia, e allorché udiva

My translation:

Story of a blackcap

I had seen a poor blackcap locked in a cage: it was timid, sad, sickly it watched us with terrified eye; taking shelter in a corner of its cage, and when it heard

an alternative:

I have seen a poor blackcap locked in a cage: timid, sad and sickly it watched us with a terrified eye; taking shelter (cowering) in a corner of its cage, and when it heard

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Vocabulary:

The vocabulary has been moved to its own page.

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