Monday, March 13, 2006

The Sopranos, che cazzo! (spoiler)...go Syracuse, passato remoto

What the heck was Uncle Jun mumbling about before he pulled the trigger?

Syracuse what an upset. Way to go Big East champs! Not sure how we will do during March Madness but my fingers are crossed.

This morning's class focused on yet another verb tense, passato remoto. It's used mostly in literature, when discussing historical events and sometimes in the South. Of course there are a ton of irregular verbs. I just got a handle on when to use passato prossimo, passato imperfetto or trapassato. ugh.

I am going to refrain from commenting on last night's "Flavor of Love" finale.


Tracie B. said...

you know, i read that pr is only used in historical writing as well, but i do hear it frequently when people talk about something that happened quite a while ago.

my boyfriend, however, told me that in sicily, it is used in place of past perfect. it's a peculiarity (is that a word) of their way of speaking. so, if someone has just walked in from going to the grocery store, for example, they would say "andai al supermecato." or something to that effect. apparently this way of speaking is very strange to most italians.

i am so jealous that you are able to take an actual class!! you are going to speak so well in a matter of hours after your arrival!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Tracie B.
Our professor is Roman and said it's only spoken in the south. It sounds beautiful "andai vs. sono andata" but it is confusing.

Are there no italian classes in your neighborhood? Maybe you can get a tutor instead.

Looking forward to being in a country where the language I'm studying is actually spoken. Non vedo l'ora.