My Italian word of the day: cinguettavano

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 ‘cinguettavano’.

My dictionary gives this as:

cinguettavano (vi) = sang, were singing, chirruped

cinguettavano is the 3rd personal plural imperfect indicative (3° persona plurale dell’indicativo imperfetto) of the verb cinguettare = to twitter, chirp, tweet, warble, sing, chirrup

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 Here is an example:

Gli uccelli cinguettavano sugli alberi. = The birds were singing in the trees.

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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 il canto allegro degli altri uccelletti che cinguettavano

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 the joyful song of the other small birds that were singing

an alternative:

I have seen a poor blackcap locked in a cage. Timid, sad and sickly, it watched us with one terrified eye; it cowered in a corner of its cage, and on hearing the cheerful song of the other small birds that sang

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