i vizi capitali: goloso

Ciao a tutti! This week we are going to profile adjectives that describe the seven deadly sins or i vizi capitali. If you have ever been to Italy, you will often notice statues, paintings, and other works of art that ‘pay homage’ to these sins.

You can see a chart below of the seven deadly sins in English and Italian along with the adjectives used to describe the behavior associated with the sins:

Sin (noun) Italian translation Sin (adjective) Italian
translation
lust la lussuria lustful lussorioso
gluttony la gola glutunous goloso
greed l’avarizia greedy avido
sloth l’accidia slothful accidioso
wrath l’ira wrathful

quick-tempered

iroso
envy l’invidia jealous invidioso/geloso
pride la superbia proud, arrogant superbo

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the adjective goloso, which means gluttonousGluttony is  the sin la gola, which is also the word for throat in Italian.

See the adjective used below:

Non ho mai conosciuto una persona più golosa di Riccardo! Se c’è un dolce sulla tavola, non importa quanto grande, lui lo deve finire, non riesce a controllarsi!

I have never met anyone more gluttonous than Riccardo! If there is a dessert on the table, no matter how big, he has to finish it, he cannot control himself!

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l’università (or l’ateneo)

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun l’università, which means university. The word l’ateneo also means university. 

See the noun used below:

Dopo anni di studio all’università, Teresa si è laureata in medicina. I genitori erano molto orgogliosi della loro figlia che si era laureata con lode in uno dei migliori atenei d’Italia! Sua mamma non riusciva a smettere di piangere quando ricordava quel primo giorno di scuola all’asilo!

After years of study at university, Teresa graduated with a degree in medicine. Her parents were very proud of their daughter, who graduated with honors in one of the best universities in Italy! Her mother could not stop crying when she remembered that first day of school in kindergarten!

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la pagella

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun la pagella, which means report card.

A report card lists your final grades for each of your classes. In many schools in Italy, report cards are published online, and parents are able to log on and see their child’s grades.

See the noun used below:

Teresa aveva paura per la sua amica Annalisa che ha ricevuto tre voti bassi! Quando i suoi vedranno la pagella…! Purtroppo non è più possibile nascondere la pagella ai genitori. Adesso la segreteria del liceo mette tutte le pagelle online e i genitori si collegano ad internet per vederle.

Teresa was scared for her friend Annalisa who got three low grades! When her parents see her report card…! Unfortunately, it is not possible anymore to hide the report card from your parents. Now the school’s secretary puts all of the report cards online, and parents log on to see them.

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il/la preside

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun il/la preside, which means headmaster or principalIl preside is in charge of running the school.

See the noun used below:

Tutti gli studenti hanno paura del Professor Marconi! È il nostro preside, sempre serio e con poca pazienza! Quando un professore o una professoressa ti cacciano dalla lezione, una punizione è inevitabile! Teresa si considerava molto fortunata per non essere mai stata nel suo ufficio!

All the students are afraid of Professor Marconi! He is our headmaster, always serious and has little patience! When a teacher kicks you out of class, punishment is inevitable! Teresa considers herself lucky for never having been in his office!

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il liceo (o le scuole superiori)

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun il liceo, which means high school. In Italy, there are many types of liceoclassicoscientificolinguistico, etc.

The liceo classico focuses more on a “classical education” that stresses Latin and Ancient Greek, philosophy, Italian, history, and other humanist subjects. The liceo scientifico focuses more on science and math, while the liceo linguistico focuses on languages and cultural studies.

See the noun used below:

Essendo una studentessa molto brava e capace, i genitori hanno deciso di iscrivere Teresa a un liceo scientifico. Teresa diceva sempre di voler fare il medico da grande.

Being a very good and capable student, her parents decided to enroll Teresa in a science high school. Teresa used to always say she wanted to be a doctor when she grew up.

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la scuola media

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun la scuola media, which means middle school.

In Italy, children move from primary schools to the scuola secondaria; there are two stages: di primo grado (corresponding to middle school) and di secondo grado (corresponding to high school).

See the noun used below:

Teresa aveva paura di cominciare la scuola media perché avrebbe dovuto cominciare da capo e avrebbe dovuto dire ‘addio’ alle sue migliori amiche.

Teresa was afraid of starting middle school because she would have to start all over and say ‘goodbye’ to her best friends.

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la scuola primaria

Today’s Parola del Giorno continues our story of Teresa as she makes her way from l’asilo to la scuola primaria, which translates as elementary school.

Primary (or elementary) school in Italy lasts for five years, which is more or less similar to school systems in the United States.

See the noun used below:

A Teresa piaceva la scuola primaria perché imparava tante cose nuove: inglese, geografia e arte. Ma soprattutto: aveva tante nuove amiche.

Teresa likes elementary school because she is learning so many new things: English, geography, and art. But, most of all: she had so many new friends.

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