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"Chi mi ama mi segua."

Translation:If you love me, follow me.

April 6, 2014



I was marked correct with "who loves me, follows me"

The "correct solution" says: "If you love me, follow me." How is the if implied?


The second part of the sentence ("mi segua") is the subjunctive part. Think of it like a command: "follow me!" Think of the "chi" more like "whoever" in this case. Literally something like, "whoever loves me, follow me!" or "whoever loves me should follow me." The "if..." version is just a less literal and more natural sentence that means the same thing.


"who loves me follows me" is accepted now


This is the optative use of the subjunctive. In Classical Greek the optative and the subjunctive are distinct. segua is like viva in Viva il re Long live the king! May he follow me! ("Let him take up his cross and follow me.")


It was a citation, taken from the Italian version of the film "The Story of Joan of Arc".


La frase è una citazione dal Vangelo secondo Matteo


According to google it was from a jeans add campaign. Citazione corretta dal Vangelo secondo Matteo: Se qualcuno vuol venire dietro a me rinneghi se stesso, prenda la sua croce e mi segua.


You are right, it was a campaign with a picture taken from behind of a walking girl wearing Benetton jeans. The picture was of Oliviero Toscani. At the time there were many protests for alleged irriverences.


Interesting that they would put a bible verse in an add for jeans?


Interessante, quale versetto?


I didn't pick up on that! Thanks.


It's originally from the Bible, which the movie copied.


that's obvious, then!!


Ah! colloquialisms taken from old movies... Always such a huge assist when learning a new language...


Amazed by your knowledge and references as always sandra but is an italian film (dubbed i presume) the best authority? Would the translation with "if" be generally accepted? Thanks for all your help in the past.


It's the usual English translation of Jesus' words - I suppose one would need to go back to the original Aramaic or Greek as well!


There is no 'if' in the original (the movie). The citation is: ' Now let all those who love me... follow me!' http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0151137/?ref_=tttr_tr_tt under 'Did You Know?'; 'Quotes' 'see more'.


"Segua" is a sort of imperative form here. If it had been "segue" you could well have translated it as "follows, but in this case it is more a command than a consequence.


now it is accepted.


I thought the same - who loves me, follows me. Really, I can't see why "Se" was not used. I consider myself right, DL wrong for not using "se".


Because it's an idiom, a quote (I'm told biblical). It's the phrase as would be said by an Italian. Therefore DL is not wrong just because it's not a literal translation of what you think it should be.


But the idiom is translated many ways. It can be addressed to one person, or to many. I translated it as "whoever loves me, will follow me". I believe that is just as idiomatic.


,said Italian Jesus.


Yes, possibly. And, miraculously, a very significant number of saints decided to touch down in italy. Funny that.


Here are a couple of thoughts. First, I don't know whether the Italian sentence was inspired by the Bible, or by a movie about Joan of Arc. The real question for us Duo learners is whether the Italian is standard grammatical Italian. I believe it is, but that the English translation given, while not absolutely wrong, is not literal, and therefore has misled some of the commenters here.

First, the 'mi segua' is not necessarily imperative. It is subjunctive. True, the subjunctive is often used as a polite form (Lei form) that substitues for the imperative. But the subjunctive has broader application than that. Whoever is speaking to his or her followers here may not be using the Lei form of address. Probably not. In any case, I think the subjunctive here means 'you should follow me/you ought to follow me' rather than a simple imperative 'follow me'.

Second, the 'chi mi ama' is not literally 'if you love me' but more like 'whoever loves me'. Literally it is 'who loves me' but this is not a question so in English we say 'he who loves me' or 'whoever loves me'.

So the translation into English here that I like is "Whoever loves me follows/should follow me." That English is probably a little less natural than the English 'If you love me, follow me' but it is less confusing to us beginners as we try to go back and forth between the two languages.


Who loves me follows me is perfectly good spoken English, but does not mean the same as if you love me follow me. My guess is duolingo is using if because follows me is subjunctive. Does the italian really express a more doubtful outcome/a request which would make if the correct translation?


would you be able to use the subjunctive with amare to underline uncertainty? like chi mi ami mi segua

is that correct too, when you really want to say whoever (if they exist)?


Yes, it would be "chiunque mi ami mi segua"


Wouldn't that be "more correct" than the proposed sentence, the indicative 'mi ama'? The latter doesn't feel right to my ears


I used "the one who loves me, follows me" and it was marked as wrong. Does anybody knows why my phrase is wrong?


I got marked correct with "Whoever loves me, follow me" (Dec 04 2014)


Whoever is closer to 'chiunque'


I did the same and was marked as wrong four years later. Why? I can't see anything wrong in this translation. It's more literal than the quote from the Bible but hey, I'm not here to learn that one!


must get the Bible in Italian


Try Bible Gateway (online version not the app); it has almost every translation of the Bible there & you can read the editions parallel to one another. I use The New King James Version NKJV side by side with Nuova Riveduta 1994 (NR1994) & it's an almost word for word translation for many verses.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis++1%3A1&version=NKJV;NR1994 Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesi 1:1 Nel principio Dio creò i cieli e la terra.


I've been trying - very difficult in South Africa!


If you have an "i" device, I can recommend "iBibbia" from the App store. There was another one on the Google Play that I had for Android that allowed for different language versions side-by-side, but I found that made me lazy!


amazon has one for kindle. It is only $2.99. I don't have a Kindle but you can download the Kindle Cloud reader and read iton your pc. The download is free

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Citazione corretta: Se qualcuno vuol venire dietro a me rinneghi se stesso, prenda la sua croce e mi segua. (dal Vangelo secondo Matteo, 16, 24, CEI; confronta anche Mc 8, 34, Lc 9, 23 e Gv 12, 26) Erroneamente attribuita a Giovanna D'Arco e a Francesco Petrarca. Il versetto evangelico è usato nella maggior parte dei casi in forma errata. Esempi sono in Alberto Moravia, Gli indifferenti, Mario Soldati, Le lettere da Capri e Giovanni Guareschi, La scoperta di Milano. Lo stesso Papa Paolo VI, nell'omelia del 16 febbraio 1972, Mercoledì delle Ceneri, a Santa Sabina, cita la frase nella forma "Chi mi ama mi segua; ciascuno prenda la sua Croce e la porti". Nel 1973, lo slogan "chi mi ama mi segua" compariva sui cartelloni pubblicitari curati da Oliviero Toscani ed Emanuele Pirella che reclamizzavano la marca di jeans "Jesus". Il tema religioso era ripreso anche da un'altra versione dei manifesti, con lo slogan "non avrai altro jeans all'infuori di me". L'accostamento tra frasi della Bibbia e immagini provocanti non mancò di scatenare accuse e polemiche. Del caso si occupò anche Pier Paolo Pasolini, sul Corriere della sera. In Sviluppo e progresso, saggio pubblicato in Pasolini. Saggi sulla politica e sulla società, a cura di Walter Siti, Mondadori, Milano 1999, Pasolini commenta l'Italia "tappezzata di manifesti rappresentanti sederi con la scritta «chi mi ama mi segua»" dicendo "tra l'«Jesus» del Vaticano e l'«Jesus» dei blue-jeans, c'è stata una lotta. [...] Il Gesù del Vaticano ha perso."


«Qui m'aime me suive» Somehow I know the French version... the syntax is the same )


A la différence près que "aime" is subjunctive too, though...


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At this point I'm just translating the subjunctive forms as English indicative forms while swearing under my breath that the English translations mean something different from what the Italian appears to me. What I think "chi mi ama mi segua" means is "Who loves me should follow me" -- i.e. the one who loves me is being exhorted to follow me, but is not yet following me. "Who loves me, follows me" (which was accepted as correct) implies that who loves me is already following me. The preferred translation is "If you love me, follow me" -- i.e. translates the Italian subjunctive with an imperative. The English subjunctive with "should" ("You should stop right now!") can also be such a command. But what is the use trying to use an English subjunctive to translate an Italian subjunctive?


e il ricco e partito triste perche il aveva numerosi possedimenti.


Someone else has mentioned that the French version is 'Qui m'aime me suive,' which, according to my sources (Word Reference), was originally said by Philippe VI of France. It would seem that it is still used colloquially in French when you are doing something and want your friends to join in. My guess is that there is a similar expression expression in Italian. In English, in that context, the closest equivalents might be something like 'Are you with me/Who's with me?' or 'All for one ...!' Here's a link to the French to English translation and forum posts on Word Reference: http://www.wordreference.com/fren/qui%20m'aime and here to the Italian to English (where it says it's a Biblical quote): http://www.wordreference.com/iten/chi%20mi%20ama%20mi%20segua from the one It>En forum post, I think it does have a more modern/colloquial meaning in Italian too.


I translated the sentence as "Whoever loves me will follow me", thinking of the implied biblical imperative. Alas, Duo felt that I was incorrect. Anybody think my translation works?


I (a male) translated as "She who loves me, follows me." Duo corrected as "HE who loves me, follows me." Does that make any sense to anyone?


The Italian "chi" is gender neutral. It means here "who" or "whoever". You could translate into ""Whoever loves me ..." if you want to stay gender neutral in English, or even "They who love me ...".

For whatever reason, English does not begin this kind of sentence with a bare "who", but requires "he who" or "she who" or "they who", if not "whoever".

In older English (let's say up till about 75 years ago), it was quite common to use the masculine pronoun for general statements that apply to both sexes. So classically you see a lot of "he who ..." but rareley "she who...". unless you are speaking only of women.


Understood. Thank you. I knew "Chi" was gender-neutral, which is why I thought "She" would work.


No 'if' in this translation. surely should be , 'whoever loves me follows me'.


That would be indicative -- segue. This is subjunctive -- let whoever loves me follow me or whoever loves me shall/should follow me.


Does the accent fall on the last syllable in "segua" or is there a problem with the audio?


Can ama be subjunctive ie ami to indicate 'who so ever may love me'


Can't you say: "the one who loves me" ?


chi isn't really 'one', it's more who/whomever


Why should it be only one?


Because "ama" is singular???? (Just guessing...)


Possibly. But it's narrowing it down to one person which the Italian doesn't. Whoever works better.


I'm with you in principle. I still think the Italian (that's what I came across first in the exercise) is better translated as "Whoever loves me..." or "Everyone who loves me..." I still did not come across anything convincing explaining the "If you..." in Duolingo's translation - Gospel passage or not (and I'm all for that).


At that point I generally throw my hands in they air and think, "Idiom, what are you going to do?"

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So does the subjunctive imply 'if' here?


I think this is the only possible explanation! =)


"Who loves me" so why is the dependent clause subj? And if Chi is "who" then why is it not followS me? I read above the movie translation but for "if" I will include "se." And for "you" is tu. I just keep wondering if this phrase is similar to Italian slang.


It's a colloquial translation, happens with idioms. The literal translation is 'Whoever loves me, follows me." Inferring that if someone should love whoever it is, then they will follow them. The "If you love me, follow me" is not a literal translation, but does convey the meaning quite well.


...but if that is the literal translation, why the subjunctive?


No, as stated above, NOT literal. My native Italian boss gave me this insight: this is definitely NOT a conditional sentence in Italian, and so the English should not really go in that direction. Following from his conversation, I believe the more literal translation would go like this (and please remember that English - at least American English - has all but forgotten the subjunctive): "(The one) who loves me, let him follow me!" Remember that a standard use of the subjunctive is in wishes or blessings, in earlier times often begun with "Would that ..." or "May..." Hence, my translation of "Let..." I really don't know that this sentence deserves all this attention, but it definitely the subjunctive ("segua" from "seguire") being used here.


Thanks for providing these details. I was already inclined to your view i.e. suggesting that because it is subjunctive the given translation could not be a literal one; but I am still grateful for your more authoritative and detailed contribution!


How about "Let whoever loves me follow me"? (Rejected by DL.)


Sounds more like "sigua" than "segua". That's alright I write with a "pin" myself.


Duo gave me this phrase to complete about 5 times (literally) in one lesson. All were the same format.


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It translates "who me love, me follow" if im talking about me, then how is this placed on a second person?


In standard Engish, the translation you are suggesting would be: "Who(ever) loves me follows me".

You are right that that translation does not use the second person ("you").

For whatever reason, DL has chosen a very non-literal translation as its featured translation. However, I believe DL will also accept "who loves me follows me" or "who loves me should follow me".


where in the Italian sentence is the conditional conjunction IF? isn't chi a pronoun?


The is no "if" in the Italian we are given. The DL Engish translation here is not literal. The literal translation into English is more like "Who loves me should follow me" or "Whoever loves me should follow me".

Yes, the "chi" is the pronoun here meaning "who" or "whoever".


These phrases are really hard to translate since we cannot translate them literally.


It's of course fun to learn famous citations, but when learning grammar I think it's more useful for the student to stick to sentences that train that particular issue.


Ne saçma bir cümle yaa. Bende anlayacağım diye bakıyorum.


Ah, it's been a while (nearly 50 years) since I puttered about with Turkish, but this says: "What an absurd sentence. I am trying to understand it..." Or something like that. In fact, there's nothing with Italian. Perché?


La traduzione inglese dovrebbe essere "whoever love me, follow me".

The english translation should be "whoever love me, follow me".


Why is putting a 'you' before 'follow' wrong


The sentence really means Let whoever loves me follow me or The one who loves me should follow me. Segua is a subjunctive form.


because it is meant in the imperative, not the indicative.


Patrick, you are correct that the "segua" here is not indicative. However, I believe it is subjunctive rather than imperative.

The word "segua" by itself could be either the imperative or the subjunctive of "seguire". However, in the imperative, the following pronoun would come AFTER the verb and be written without a space: "seguami". Here, however, we have "mi segua", a subjunctive construction.

Strictly speaking, the meaning is not imperative "follow me", but rather subjunctive "let (whoever loves me) follow me".


Thank you for corroborating my interpretation above!


Follow me if you love me. Is an alternative


That's how I got to Memphis....


if you have noticed, the title of this section is 'idioms'. if you are looking for grammar, this is not the place to find it. idioms, epithets, adages, old saws, curses, mottoes, and the like express an idea, usually succinctly. in the US, we usually ascribe them to rural wisdom, although there is no reason to believe that farmers are wiser than city dwellers. this particular adage does not express grammatically the idea it intends. accept it for what it is.


Patrick, I think I see the point you are trying to make. However, I think it is incorrect to say "this particular adage does not express grammatically the idea it intends to convey". On the contrary, the Italian here is perfectly grammatical, in my opinion -- the verbs tenses, number, agreement , etc. are all correct, and so on.

That is what "grammar" means, I believe. Perhaps you understand the term differently.


"Those that love me follow me" should be acceptable as a gender-inclusive literal translation.


Duo demands we cough up ONLY its translations of Italian sentences and questions, but it must be remembered that usually many variations ARE equally acceptable.


'Follow me if you love me' was not accepted.


"Se mi ami, seguimi" = If you love me, follow me. "Chi mi ama mi segua" = Who loves me, follow me. Sometimes your translations are way too wrong you big fat greenish bird


Emotionally a tad manipulative.....


''Who loves me follows me'' was accepted 16 April 2021


Come with me if you want to live!


Sounds creepy without the context ;)


I am in level "idioms" How can we know the meaning of this idioms if we never learnt them. May be I miss some thing when learning ?


Why not: Let whoever loves me follow me?


This is ridiculous and should not be on here, its frustrating


I think "love me or leave me" should be accepted here - it has exactly the same idiomatic meaning.


"Follow me if you love me" was not accepted. Thought that was a decent translation...


A transparent faith text allusion. How about some other more literary quotes, DL?


It should be: "Se mi ama, mi segui."


No; unless it's literal.


And even if it was, I'm fairly sure it wouldn't be 'ama' because that would be 'if he loves me' not 'if you love me'


Pardon! You're right. I mixed up an 'a' and 'i' order. It's actually: "Se mi ami, mi segua." But what I was more focused on to say was, that "chi" shouldn't be used here, but "se."


Except it is. The literal translation is '(he) who loves me, follow me' and it's a quote I believe from the bible, so it's a more poetic version. So if you get the tenses right you might be able to use Se, but the use of Chi here is not wrong, merely idiomatic.


Ariaflame, I agree with you except for one detail. I think the Italian 'segua' here is subjunctive but not necessarily imperative. So I would not use the English imperative 'follow me' but a non-imperative translation of the Italian subjunctive: '(He) who loves me, follows/should follow me.'


I thought, we were learning Italian here and not the quotes from the Bible. :) Anyway, thank you!


Don't be narrow-minded. Everything helps.


Various sources of literature. I'm convinced the Esperantistinoj are using various SF sources. Though this one may actually be from a Joan of Arc movie when I look at other comments.


It's not only a quote. It's a common way to speak in italian. Everyone could use this sentence..


"Se (lui) mi ama, (tu) mi segui" it's uncorrect. In this case subject of loving and following is the same. Coloro (quelli) che mi amano dovrebbero seguirmi.


This isn't a super helpful sentence construction. Wish they'd replace it.


And your comment is not super helpful either. Wished you'd delete it.


And why do you have to be so rude? The duolingo community can be disgustingly rude at times, two wrongs dont make a right, pal

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