Question about the word "Ananas"
I recently learnt my first noun in Italian that did not end in -o, -e, or -a, the word Ananas. That means pineapple. Which article would you use if you wanted to say "the pinapples"?
Ananas is a word that comes from Brazil, from the indigenous language Tupi. It's used in a lot of languages.
even though in most european languages they use something close to european portuguese word 'ananá', since Portugal took the fruit to the continent, in brazilian portuguese we call it 'abacaxi' hahah I googled and found out that the european version was originated from old tupi language whereas ours is a most recent variation. :)
Is that chart right? I thought that the Spanish was "Pino" (sorry I don't know how to do that diacretic).
And that English took it's name from that? It makes it a lot less funny so I guess there is a reason to say the Spanish don't call it that. But ti begs the question why a Pina Colada is not an Ananas Colada.
I agree, ananas is weird, but the weirdest is probably
- lo smoking.
- plural = gli smoking.
I will never get used to it
Stranger than Google becoming an Italian verb? Googlare.
Yes, I'm serious.
Another one I just found = ritwittato I'm assuming from ritwittare, meaning to retweet.!
Seriously, never say "ananasso" to an italian, he could kid you for your entire life :')
Hello. I learned from my Italian professor that the word itself 'Ananas' does not change, but the article does. Hope I can be of help.z
That is very common for words that were taken into Italian from a foreign language, including English:
- lo sport / gli sport
- il computer / i computer
- il bar / i bar
In italian, "Ananas" is a foreign word, so, like all the foreign words, it's the same in singular and plural forms, only the article changes. We say (yes, I'm italian) "l'ananas" and "gli ananas". And "ananassi" in italian DON'T EXIST, it's horrible! (Never say "ananassi" please.) I hope I was useful ;)
Most fruits are feminine in Italian but exotic fruits are usually masculine (except banana). The trees are usually masculine il melo: the apple tree , il banano: the banana tree etc.