fare la gavetta

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the expression, fare la gavetta, which means to pay one’s dues or to cut one’s teeth. This expression is used to describe how a person must slog it out at the bottom of the ladder first before progressing to bigger and better things. Literally, the gavetta is the mess tin that soldiers would eat their mess rations from. See the expression used below in its context:

Per molti giovani laureati, il primo passo nel mondo del lavoro consiste nel fare la gavetta: si comincia dal basso per imparare il lavoro e fare conoscenze utili per il futuro.

For many young graduates, the first step in the working world is paying one’s dues: it starts from the bottom by learning the job and acquiring useful knowledge for the future.

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: Still waiting on B&N…

: I contacted some online stores today to ask them to stock the book, one of whom is Book Depository in the UK since I received a lot of requests for this. I will keep everyone updated.

: We are working on our second book on the subjunctive! We hope to release it as an ebook before Christmas and a paperback shortly thereafter!

: Our paperback book is now available in print. There are two version: black & white version for $8.99, and a color version for considerably more: $36.50 (I know that the price difference is great, but the full color makes it a bit costly. I don’t expect people to purchase the color book, but it might make a great gift idea, and might be a more suitable option for librarians and teachers).

: Electronically, our ebook is available:

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