Surprising Words: fans?
With the summer approaching, we are going to be searching for ways to cool off! An Amerian student I tutor confuses the different words for fan, so I thought that this would make an excellent post! 🙂
While the English word fan has a variety of meanings, Italian has three different words that should not be confused!
Il/la fan: this is someone who admires something, such as a book or who follows something, like a TV show. Note that this noun is not invariabile but takes the English plural i/le fans, depending on the gender!
Il ventilatore: this is the fan that you plug in that blows air around to keep you cool. It should not be confused with…
Il ventaglio: this is a fan that you hold in your hand and wave at yourself (or have someone wave at you); they are often made of silk or paper.
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