My Italian word of the day: dirsi

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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 ‘dirsi‘.

My dictionary gives this as:

dirsi (v.rif) = = to say to oneself, to say to each other, to call oneself, to style oneself, to claim to be

dirsi is the reflexive (riflessivo) form of the verb dire (to say). It is made up of two words:

dire (vt.) = to say, to affirm, to assert

si (pron.) = himself, herself, itself, oneself

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Here is an example:

Loro non hanno niente da dirsi

=

They have nothing to say to each other

 

Other examples:

 

è più facile a dirsi che a farsi = easier said than done

strano a dirsi = funnily enough

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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 prato o nell’azzurro del cielo, li seguiva con uno sguardo che avrebbe potuto dirsi

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 meadow or in the blue of the sky, she followed them with a gaze that one would have been able to say to oneself

an alternative:

I have seen a poor blackcap locked in a cage: shy, 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 meadow or in the blue of the sky, she followed them with a gaze that one would have been able to say to oneself

 

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