"I numeri del primo semestre non sono belli."

Translation:The numbers of the first semester are not pretty.

January 13, 2013



Is this about grades?

January 13, 2013


I cannot think of anything better, but previously "i gradi" was used for grades. Also English speakers would not use "pretty"

March 3, 2013


English speakers would use "pretty" but perhaps not when talking about grades (mainly because I've never heard grades referred to as numbers). I have heard "the numbers aren't pretty" quite a lot when business people are talking about profits, customer numbers and the like. I suspect it's referring to numbers of students rather than grades.

January 21, 2014


I'm a native speaker of midwest US English, and I've often heard "not pretty" or "not very pretty" used to refer to financial numbers, grades, and even medical test results. I have only heard it in the negative, though, never if the number referred to is good. So while you can say "I got my grades today, and they aren't pretty," you would not say "I got my grades today, and they are pretty."

It's colloquial, but not at all uncommon, and most native speakers would understand it immediately, at least in this part of the country.

April 16, 2014


"The numbers of the first semester are not good" was accepted, It's a much better translation than "pretty".

January 4, 2014


I''m thinking it's about grades too, but maybe its enrolments, so the sentence could be from a worried university administrator. After all we also have gradi and voti to mean grades....

American speakers say "aren't pretty" (or ain't) to mean that something is bad.

May 9, 2013


I like that. I can imagine a worried administrator saying that, even in the UK.

May 9, 2013


And actually, we do say it in the UK too, surely...

June 2, 2013


I do hear that quite often also.

April 25, 2014


In English we'd be more likely to say 'The numbers FOR the first term are not good'

April 23, 2014


Or from the first semester

October 11, 2018


Along with the examples already listed, "pretty" can be used ironically. A teacher looking at a list of very bad grades: "Now there's a pretty sight." I imagine this applies to the UK, too. "Pretty" used ironically in regard to some kind of mess.

August 19, 2014


Thanks. That's a good example of the ironic use of "pretty" in the affirmative.

October 14, 2014


the grades from the first term aren't great -did not work.

December 12, 2013


in english you would say the numbers for the first term, but we are learning italian so i am assuming that's how you would say it in italian?

June 18, 2014


As a British English speaker, "marks" was my natural translation for "numeri"

October 9, 2014


I agree. An English speaker in England would not say 'pretty' here. It's American English.

November 12, 2014


Read the previous posts from both UK and US.

November 23, 2014


I agree that "for" is better than "of" in translating this sentence. The word "semester" is commonly used in the US to mean half a year of college, but "term" is also used, perhaps more informally, and allowing divisions other than halves. A quarter or a trimester (three make up a school year) could be a term. In primary and secondary school, I am used to hearing "marking period," which usually specifies a quarter of a school year. This word is sometimes replaced with "term," too. I am wondering how flexible the Italian word "semestre" is in accommodating these different possibilities. Perhaps schools in Italy have less variety in the structuring of the year? I also like the idea of translating "i numeri" as "the marks." This has a distinctly British tinge, but Americans hear about getting a mark on an assignment sometimes, too, though that usage seems to be getting rarer, and it is characteristically in the singular in the US. For example, "What was your mark on the paper?" As so often happens with Duolingo exercises, the lack of context allows the sentence to have many meanings. "The numbers" might mean the attendance totals for the semester, for instance, or scores on pretests, or sales at the cafeteria, or total disciplinary actions. Schools keep track of many different kinds of numbers!

April 22, 2018


The numbers - are we talking about education for profit?

October 3, 2018


The first semester is not nice? I.e. it is difficult

March 28, 2019


'the marks from the first semester are not good' not accepted

April 28, 2019
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