My Italian word of the day: del

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 ‘del‘.

My dictionary gives this as:

del (prep. & art.) = of the

It is made up of two words:

di (prep.) = of

il (art. m) = the

When the definite article ‘il’ is preceded by the preposition ‘di’ the article and preposition are usually combined in one word ‘del’.

 

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Here is an example:

La parola del giorno = the word of the day

 

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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 sul verde del

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 on the green of the

an alternative:

I have seen a poor blackcap locked in a cage: timid, sad and sickly; cowering in a corner of her cage; she watched us with one terrified eye. On hearing the cheerful sound of the other small birds singing on the green of the

 

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