lunedì 25 giugno 2018

Mai ammainare le vele.

Okay, first things first, I reinstated TSB's blog on our LINKS service.
I read a comment by Robert (on a blog) somewhere saying that we, as 'a band of brothers' were going to ban him. I was only having a bit of fun about him deleting a comment by Angry Jesus. This blog doesn't ban anyone. Sometimes Robert says things for me. Anyway Angry Jesus is over it now. He says that having his comment deleted wasn't as bad as the crucifixion.

"If, at any time in the future, I get involved in a little blogging
community and someone deletes a comment I left on their 
blog, it won't be as bad as this. That's for damn sure!"

Okay, moving on, I've been learning Italian for about 22 years. How can anyone be that dumb?
Well, when I started there weren't many resources. These days there is help everywhere.
Over the weekend I watched this movie.


This is an American movie that has been over dubbed with Italian. You don't need to really speak Italian to follow the plot. In my opinion it's a really good action movie - nice and simple. However, if you are trying to learn Italian, the visuals give you lots of clues. You wouldn't get as many clues from a chick flick. This is one reason why action movies are better than chick flicks.

It's Monday morning and I'm waiting for a call from Nuova Lazio High School saying that they need me to do some relief today. If, perchance, the call doesn't happen, I'll be sad.

Then my job this morning will be to do some serious double bass practice. I've neglected La Gloria a bit lately but it's time to put things right - I have a show to play in just under a month. For me playing the bass is like a language - once you've got it pretty much down it's not hard to bring it back up to speed.

Here's a good Italian phrase. Mai ammainare le vele.
My Italian friend Antonio taught it to me.
It literally means never lower the sails, but a slightly deaper meaning is never surrender.

Okay, it's now 7.42am. No phone call. If it doesn't ring before 8am I think I'll be free.

Fifteen minutes to go now.

I'll post a comment at 8am letting you know one way or the other - well, like an action movie, no one wants to miss the last scene.


10 commenti:

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

7.50am - got the call.

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

2.35pm. Watching the clock. 35 minutes to go but it will seem like a lifetime.

Robert ha detto...

A client and I were discussing an inscription on her marble statue "Prima Vera".
She thought it might have meant first woman but I said that would be prima donna.
Can anyone help?

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

'First true' in Italian, though it could be Latin. I don't know Latin.

Robert ha detto...


THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

Not surprising that Richard doesn't know Latin.
He was in the 'G' classes at St Pats. They didn't let those guys study Latin. I think that they taught them plumbing or something.

Prima Vera means 'Spring'

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

When your toilet doesn't flush and flows over the top don't ring me. You're on your own. Ring a local plumber and ask him for advice in Latin.

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

Actually I'm embarrassed I missed that. Primavera is spring in Italian too. The two words threw me off.

Alan ha detto...

A Infantaria paraquedista do Exército Brasileiro é a melhor do mundo!

BHUSHAN KUMAR ha detto...