I think "insomma" is a tricky one to translate. "In summary" or "in short" is literally right, but these phrases are less used colloquially in English, but "well" is not quite it either. I feel the sense is more captured by "anyway" or "in any case", although these are less literal (and not accepted answers. :P)
I think, like adelaro, that "anyway" is best. It "feels" right to say it that way.
This one is getting a little bit annoying. When I hit it I have to try to remember whether it wants "in short" or "in summary", notwithstanding that both mean roughly the same thing. As it turns out, as of April 2016 it accepts "in short" but not "in summary".
The possible translations of "insomma" seem to convey very different meanings. They give "well", "In short", and "in a word". Native speakers- how would you translate? Grazie.
That depends on the context. Insomma is "in somma", or "summing up"; its original purpose was to mark the start of a summary or conclusion to a speech. Nowadays the meaning has shifted to cutting a topic short; when I read "Insomma, è pronto" I think that before that someone (possibly the speaker) was discussing something at length and that speech was interrupted or concluded by that insomma. But insomma is also used as an interjection (like in English one would say "you know") when the speaker is organizing his thoughts, or with connotations of doubt (as in "Tutto bene?" "Insomma" - "Everything alright?" "Kind of").
@f.formica: Sounds like for the use you're describing we would say colloquially in the USA :
"BOTTOM LINE, it's ready". It puts a stop to what could have been a long story.
I'm sure there are other colloquial expressions in other English-speaking countries.
Grazie mille for all of your help!!
In formal writing, English just uses "in sum", which is practically the same word as "insomma". I think you can't really go wrong using "in sum", except for the fact that Duo will mark you wrong.
We would more likely write 'in summary'. I cannot think of any time I have seen 'in sum' being used
I tried this out in Context Reverso - insomma, this word is used a LOT, and means so many different things ....
Perhaps it deserves a special place in the next version of the tree where 'flavour' terms are taught.
I don't know if I'm using that word correctly, but it seems to me you could say any sentence without it and survive, but it adds 'flavour' - subtleties - to the meaning.
Cosa ne pensi?
Hm perhaps, but to be honest, these words are a pain precisely because they can have so many meanings; it's hard to list them all in an exercise :) So I'm not too keen on the idea of giving it even more space... Also "insomma", "cioè", "allora", "dunque" and so on are often used as filler in speech, and are usually a sign of awkwardness, so this usage is generally discouraged. Very much like the teenager-speech of "um", "like", "you know", "I mean" and so on: it gets annoying quickly.
Davvero? Insomma, non lo sapevo ..... :)
Sorry, couldn't resist. I shan't torture you with it.
Thanks, but do you mean something like "Bref" in French? because if not, I think one could use "Bene" , no?
I am wondering to what extent "insomma" is really used to mean "in short." I was like "insomma means in short, right" to my Italian friend (who lives in northern Italy) and he was like "what?" He did say the same thing as what you said about using it in response to "tutto bene?" type of questions, and was confused for some reason by using it to mean "in short."
When you think about it, even though it is commonly used, "in short" is a slightly odd expression in English. Was your friend familiar with its use?
It sounds like--and has the same origin as--the Spanish equivalent "In suma" , which literally mean "Adding things up", but I would rather translate as "In short", "to make a long story short", or "In conclusion"
No. Insomma means "in short"; "in a nutshell"; "on summary". Think of it as the fusion of the words "in"+"sum": insum, insom, insomma. To express the concept of thus you could say allora or pertanto.
Would have been nice to know pronto was a he/she type word. I think DuoLingo was trying to trick us. We all know women take longer to get ready than men.
I also wrote "she," and the two answers given were for "he" and "it," yet è represents "he, it, AND she," so this should not have been marked incorrect.
You missed MariannR's point: the adjective ending tells you it is not 'she'
Duolingo continues to mark "in summary" as incorrect as of August 2016. In English, "in short" and "in summary" are interchangeable. Am I missing something?
I'm wondering what is the difference between insomma and beh. Both were used as translations for "well" in the same lesson. I have read the comments for insomma meaning about the same as "in summary". Not sure about "beh" however. DL lesson.
"So, it is ready" is accepted. "So" seems to me a normal way in English to sum up what has gone before : insomma
I tried "all in all, it is ready". Not accepted :-( I still feel it's way better than "Well, it is ready."
This and "allora" are these space filler words that have no literal English translation but are used all the time in conversation.
i really wonder if we can use "insomma" as we use "well" when we start a conversation. like "well, your opinion is actually blabla" in english when you start a long talk. i wonder if "insomma" is exactly equivalent of well.
Is Insomma used a lot in italian language? I am asking, because I can't remember, that I ever heard "in short" in such a combination.
I don't think so. Finally (finalmente) suggests something that has happened at the end of a (usually long) process. This is more in the nature of either "OK, it's ready" or "in summary, it's ready". Not quite the same thing. It's useful to compare this Italian-English dictionary entry on insomma: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/italian-english/insomma with this English dictionary one on "Finally": http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/finally I don't think there's a lot of overlap there.
According to the dictionary insomma is translated as: so, therefore, hence, in conclusion, so so, hey. Mr. Duolingo where "Well" comes from? It is frustrating when one has to guess.
I'm not sure which dictionary you looked at but according to the Collins ( https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/italian-english/insomma )
(in breve, in conclusione) "in short", "all in all"
One of the examples being:
insomma, sei pronta o no? "well, are you ready or not?"
I think "insomma" often acts as a "discourse marker/linking word" in Italian: see https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/al/globalpad/openhouse/academicenglishskills/grammar/discourse/