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Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb, sentire, which can mean to hear or to smell.  Sentire is considered a “verb of perception” and the infinitive can also follow it (for example, sentire cadereto hear fall).  See the expression used below in its contexts:

Mia cugina ha sentito i suoi genitori lamentarsi della sua condotta a scuola, è preoccupata perché teme che le tolgano la paghetta. Le ho detto che non è buona educazione origliare qualcuno parlare.

My cousin heard her parents complaining about her conduct at school, and she is worried because she fears that they will take away her allowance. I told her it isn’t good manners to eavesdrop on someone talking.


Mia sorella nasconde qualcosa, ne sono certo, ultimamente esce sempre di nascosto di casa e non dice mai dove va. Sento puzza di bruciato!

My sister is hiding something, I am certain of it.  Lately she always leaves home furtively and never says where she is going. I smell a rat!