appropriarsi

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb appropriarsi, which means to appropriate.

See the verb used below:

Quando vivevo in Canada, ridevo sempre quando vedevo qualche piatto con un po’ di mozzarella che veniva venduto subito come un piatto italiano. Come amano appropriarsi delle tradizioni altrui i nordamericani!

When I was living in Canada, I used to laugh when I would see some dish with a bit of mozzarella that was immediately sold as an Italian dish. How North Americans love to appropriate the traditions of others!

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il salvavita

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun il salvavita, which means lifesaver. Take note that this noun is masculine and invariable (it has the same form in the singular and plural).

The word can also refer to a circuit-breaker, which trips when there is an electrical overload or short-circuit. The word can also be used idiomatically, as in our example below:

Marco, grazie per quel dizionario che mi hai prestato! È stato un salvavita e mi ha aiutato a superare l’esame.

Marco, thanks for that dictionary you loaned me! It was a lifesaver and helped me pass my exam.

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dare colpa (a qualcuno)

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the expression dare colpa a qualcuno, which means to blame someone.

See the expression used below:

I miei nipoti sono davvero terribili: si danno sempre la colpa a vicenda ogni volta che uno dei due rompe qualcosa in casa.

My nephews are really terrible: they blame each other every time one of them breaks something in the house.

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disdire un appuntamento

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb expression disdire un appuntamento, which means to cancel an appointment.

See the expression used below:

Claudia aveva fissato un appuntamento con l’agente immobiliare per questo fine settimana ma ieri l’agente le ha telefonato e ha disdetto l’appuntamento. Non potrà vedere la casa che ha intenzione di comprare prima della settimana prossima.

Claudia made an appointment with the real estate agent for this weekend, but yesterday the agent phoned her and canceled the appointment. She will not be able to see the house she intends to buy before next weekend.

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folto

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the adjective folto, which means bushy when describing fur or hair.

See the adjective used below:

Gli scoiattoli si distinguono dalla coda folta che si raggomitola mentre mangiano le ghiande per terra.

Squirrels are distinguishable from the bushy tale that that curls up while eating acorns on the ground.

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alberato

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the adjective alberato, which means tree-lined. 

You can see a picture of the Via della Libertà in Palermo below! It is one of my favorite streets of Palermo, and it is always full of life at all hours (as well as some great shopping, too).

A Palermo la Via della Libertà è alberata ed è sempre affollata. Sembrerà strano, ma mi rilassa vedere la gente che cammina sotto un viale alberato!

In Palermo Via della Libertà is tree-lined and always crowded. It might seem strange, but it relaxes me when I see people walking under the tree-lined boulevard!

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Via della Libertà (Liberty Street)

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racimolare

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb racimolare, which means to scrape together. 

See the verb used below:

Marianna non vede l’ora di ricevere la busta paga! Per lei, questa è stata una settimana economicamente difficile. Oggi doveva racimolare gli spicci per comprarsi il biglietto per la metro.

Marianna can’t wait to get paid! This has been a very difficult week for her economically. Today, she had to scrape together change to buy herself the ticket for the subway.

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