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    Lost In Translation: Why We’re Not Sure If Berlusconi Is Engaged

    by  • December 18, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Romance in Italian is so awkward. There’s no way to really ask someone out on a date, just “Vuoi uscire con me?” (Do you want to go out with me?) There isn’t even really a word for “date.” So if there’s no word for dating, does that mean it doesn’t exist? If a tree falls starts talking when nobody’s watching, did it really happen?

    As for former Italian PM, several reports took Berlusconi’s announcement that “Mi sono fidanzato”- to mean that he got engaged. But as it turns out, there isn’t really a word for “engagement” in Italian either. Most often, it refers to a serious relationship, a step up from “Ho un ragazzo” (a more casual statement that translates literally into “I have a guy”).

    So now you see how several American outlets just got kind of confused. There you have it- Berlusconi is not currently engaged to his 27-year old girlfriend. 

    Media Monday–Il mondo è mio!

    by  • July 16, 2012 • Monday Posts • 0 Comments

    Hello GLNers! How was your weekend?  Did you do anything creative or inspirational that made you feel like the world is yours? I agree with Charles Baudelaire,“Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recovered at will.”  Hence, today’s song is from a Disney film.  I have not seen Aladdin; a GLN student shared...

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