https://www.duolingo.com/Trev756863

A Tin of Tomatoes

I was visiting the delicatessen section in a nearby garden centre at the weekend. I've bought Christmas presents in previous years from this source and I was searching the shelves again. Sitting just above waist height I spied a tin of tomatoes with an Italian label, so I reached over and inspected same. To my delight there, in glorious black and white, was a description of the product in both English and Italian --- and I read it, the Italian -- I read it !!!! and I understood it !!! A small step it might be, insignificant to most, certainly, but I cannot tell you how pleased it made me feel -- I READ IT -- Yes.

I know this is the result of a few hours spent studying on Doulingo, but a BIG thankyou to those who have given me support in the last few months, particularly Civis Romanus (Andrea) and Linda. Who'd have thought it, a tin of tomatoes.

November 12, 2018

22 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/HelenDaisy

No wonder I am so slow at learning Italian. I grow my own tomatoes.

Thank you for sharing your delight. Successes spur us all on.

November 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/vesna2691

Helen, start with figs and olives. I am almost sure you are not growing those. ....or maybe with this climate change you do? :-D

November 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/HelenDaisy

Vesna, for one wonderful moment I thought you were inviting me over for lunch. I would have brought a bottle, having read the label first.

November 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

Piacere Trev. When you answer quiz questions that involve an Italian word or you can read the Italian instructions on a new blender or toothbrush etc - yay, you get the same boost. Vai vai Trev, e bravi i pomodori!

November 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/CivisRomanus

The Italian language flows so much that sometimes words change. :-D
Up to the 1970s, the proper plural of pomodoro was pomidoro, being this originally a compound word (pomo + d'oro), in which the d'oro part remains invariable.
Pomodori was already common in the spoken language, but on labels or in commercials only the proper plural was used.
Then pomidoro fell into complete disuse in the spoken language, but it kept being featured on labels for quite some time, before becoming definitively obsolete.
This specimen from 2007 is probably one of the very last examples.

November 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

CivisRomanus. Having learnt only "pomodoro" it looks quite strange to see an "i" popped in there. I once surprised a rather crowded chemist by asking for a tablet for my 'sinus' pain. I had obviously used the wrong word but at least had a great ten minute conversation to have it all explained:-) I went back a year later, and they remembered!

November 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/CivisRomanus

Since the word is a compound of pomo d'oro (but this spelling was never actually used), its natural plural should be pomi d'oro → pomidoro.
But speakers lost the perception of this word being a compound, so they started pluralising it as any ordinary word (pomodori), until this became the new standard plural.

November 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Trev756863

Actually, despite my delight, I never bought them! Should have, because the construction of some of it surprised me and showed another example of how the Italian language "flows". I visit there quite often, so I will put that right soon, anyway "Io amo pomodori". Thanks Linda.

November 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DoppioMAB

So then, the only question left is this: How does one say "Tin" in Italian?

November 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Heike333145

I think it's "una lattina" https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lattina

November 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/CivisRomanus

Thank you for posting this, Trev. It is strange that in many cases our first challenge with a language we are learning is a label on some kind of product. And it's quite amazing how much vocabulary can be picked up from foodstuff labels.

November 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Trev756863

It's amazing how much vocabulary can be picked up from a post by CivisRomanus ! It's one thing to run through the multitude of colours in the DL lessons, but another to have the words explained in a way that helps them "settle" into the ol' grey cells.

November 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Heike333145

That's great! I'm so happy to read your message, and I can absolutely understand your joyful surprise.

Happy continued learning! :-) (You may then proceed to tinned beans, corned beef .... ;-))

November 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Trev756863

The packet of Amaretto biscuits is the next on the list. !! Cheers

November 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DoppioMAB

Amaretti are extremely easy to make at home.
You need a lot of finely ground almonds (if you roast them for a short while, first, and allow them to cool completely before grinding them in a food processor their flavor improves), a lot of whipped egg whites, and some sugar. A pinch of salt and cinnamon finishes the "dough".
Roll them in icing sugar then into small balls with your hands, and bake.
So much better than the "bought" ones.

November 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Heike333145

This reminds me of something: I discovered Norwegian recipes recently, and I want to try one or two of them to test my proficiency in Norwegian. :-)

So here's an amaretti recipe to try: https://ricette.giallozafferano.it/Amaretti.html

November 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Muss403695

This is no small glory. We all need a little enthusiam booster from time to time. Spero che hai mangato tutto con un inglese colazione fritto. :-))

November 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Trev756863

Muss, and to understand your response is also a boost, back in June your sentence would have been well beyond my abilities. Grazie mille, sei molte gentile.

November 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Muss403695

Nice of you to say, piano piano.

November 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/VenksIzod

The reason I even started DL is that I was at Auchan in Porte di Catania trying to find soap, and it took me an inordinately long time to find the Sapone section. But now I can figure out what Senza Zuccheri Aggiunti Granola means :-).

November 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RobertPeuc

You realize that you now have to cook an Italian meal with those tomatoes ;)

November 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Trev756863

I have a deal with my wife, she cooks Sabato a Martedi and I cook Mercoledi a Venerdi so I get the opportunity 3 days a week. Pasta dishes are one of our favourites and we do them mainly with a tomato base, so yes those tomatoes will get the Italian treatment.

November 16, 2018
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