"Io sono di gennaio."

Translation:I was born in January.

December 27, 2012

239 Comments
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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Procrastinans

The problem with sentences like this is that I know a literal translation is wrong, but when I've only got one heart left I'm not really willing to hazard a guess as to exactly which non-literal phrasing will be expected


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BlancheDB

You know the hearts aren't real, right? ;-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ClassiDuo

Today it is hearts being questioned--is nothing sacred?!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Artilyz

I liked the hearts, but I have to admit I think the new system is both less stressful and more enjoyable. It takes the onus from not making mistakes to correcting that made mistake when they (often immediately) throw the same question back at you.

As a largely tablet user I don't usually get to the read the lesson explanation on the lesson summary page or the pop-up explanations during them and partly therefore had a lot of trouble with one of the earlier lessons. I was sorely tempted to quit after failing it for the fifth time and the new system does eliminate that frustration.

Molte grazie Duolinguo!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wLNow

Oh crap! They need to add that feature on mobile devices.. im literally relying on these comments to explain haha


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PattQuattr

Me too.. Im also on mobile


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CatherineK153278

Where do I find the lesson explanation?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Senanryan

You need a laptop or desktop computer. Click discuss sentence under "You are Correct".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sylvia754597

Under tips. Next to start. And you have them on mobile phone too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Richard78640

What hearts? I've never seen any ever!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JonMiller00

It's the old Duolingo system. You had three hearts and you lost a heart when you had a wrong answer. If you lost all your hearts you had to start the lesson over again.


[deactivated user]

    that's why I pay monthly..less stress; no competition or repeating.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Connie628839

    I just started paying monthly but i still get 3 hearts that i lose.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sonrisa20

    The have brought back the hearts at the end of 2020. Now you get 5 hearts instead of 3. You also have the option of turning on unlimited hearts if losing hearts is too stressful for you.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cam2022Afton

    I use both Duo on both my computer and iPhone. Only my iPhone has the heart system and asks you to speak out loud, my computer doesn't.


    [deactivated user]

      You probably pay monthly for duolingo plus like I do


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/XlUi8bZ7

      I've never seen any either!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GerryAalders

      You see it when you complete a level with the key, if you press on the key, then it starts with tree hearts, if you complete everything good, you don't lose hearts, if you miss one, you lose a heart, if you fail more than 3 answers you lose all hearts


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BritniMont

      I don't take them too seriously, but some people do. I guess retaking the whole lesson is to much of a hassle.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/awpoppo

      We are on a site where the community is focused on grammar, vocab, and understanding of foreign communication concepts... my point is that this may be "TOO" much of a hassle to read this far in the comments. :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Richard78640

      You're right. Too many overthink & try to compare their own language. It doesn't matter if you say something that's not correct - as long as you're understood.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Larry631311

      I like having to retake the lessons after I failed it's sort of drums it into my head the right way that's the only reason why I like to take the lessons again


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Richard78640

      Not a bad idea. Something else you can try is not looking at the screen when you move on to the next question. That provides simple extra listening practice.


      [deactivated user]

        Some of us are very busy and have just so much time for these daily lessons, but having to repeat many times if you're tired, etc. is too much


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Panos43037

        Yeah you are so january capricorn


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BryanCreer

        Losing hearts is a sign that you don't know the topic well enough. Lose the heart, do the test again and get some more practice.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeanG6

        That's right. Making mistakes is not a bad thing. That is how we learn. Besides, the hearts system is gone now -- along with the opportunity to earn lingots with the full-heart bonus (presumably because so many people complained about losing hearts) -- so this isn't an issue anymore.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lolrosiescott

        it's still there on mobile :)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KristinaMala20

        I use the mobile app, I have 5 hearts and after I lose them I cannot play until they renew (after I think 4 hours) or take a take a test to gain 1 more heart. I don't mind being wrong, I mind the system that forbids me to learn something new for 4 hours...


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elon_the_Hittite

        On a mobile, at least, after taking a (revision) rest and gaining a heart, you can then earn a further one by watching an ad, usually 30 secs long. Not a bad trade-off especially if you're trying to get up to level 5 and are unwilling to sacrifice 400 gems to do so.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Esther515354

        Try login through www.duolingo.com instead of or as well as the mobile app. You have the stories also.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeanG6

        Thanks. I do have it on my phone but I don't like to use the phone for DL unless I'm traveling.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FelixLeung

        If you update it it will be gone


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kayamel

        I entirely agree with you. A lot of people seem to be intent on just reaching the next node and forget that their success on doing so should be a reflection of how well they master the level. About the hearts : if you are a DL mobile app user and kept yourself from updating it, you still have the old system and can continue cashing on those lingot bonuses.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeanG6

        Yes, I still have the old app and can use it to get heart bonuses. Thanks for pointing that out. I prefer to use my laptop though, since it has a keyboard. The app is on my phone so it's tedious to use. When I get a tablet maybe I can transfer the app to that. Actually, I have become accustomed to the new system and do not miss the heart bonuses all that much anymore.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Charmaine_E

        I absolutely agree with you. One can be gung ho or cavalier with 3 hearts intact


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ClaudeMedearis

        Fortunately, we're all heartless now.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Master_Katarn

        Do I sense a Kingdom Hearts reference here? :D


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saffalina

        ....but you are the Doctor...even with just one heart.....


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paul387206

        Exterminate all hearts!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/I-Am-Phil

        And there you have all my objections to the entire "Heart" concept in a single statement. It makes one nervous and you can't experiment or play with the materials.

        Duo: remove the Hearts. They serve no useful purpose. ("If wrong I be, then here correct me.")


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlphaCentauri

        they are still on iOS, but not on the web browser version for PCs.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/I-Am-Phil

        Yeah, I noticed that finally. I mostly use the browser. Which has been updated very nicely recently.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matthew-He1

        The "heart thing" must be an ios matter. I don't get any limitation on android!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Peter787755

        play duo on the pc - no hearts. just useless 'lingots'.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/inky1

        only from northern Italy perhaps, I am from the south and usually we say, ¨io sono nata di gennaio¨


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/838Maria

        'I was born in January' makes more sense to me than 'I am from January' but what do I know, I'm from New York, lol


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/3388winterthur

        Same as first I heard a friend from LA said: "it sucks", take me a long time to find out what does it mean.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/deldar182

        no no, you don't get it, it's all the other languages that have it wrong.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RomanaHart2

        Yes, and I am Czech and in my language, one can say the same thing as in Italian. Difficult when the literal translations are wrong then...


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marytheresa1

        Si, so why does sono change tense?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JacktheBear

        'I'm from January' in English can only mean that 'I come from a place called 'January'', (as in 'I'm from England.')


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThinkerXT

        From can mean time too, not only place.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/suntype

        It's an idiom in Italian; idioms are known for not making when translated literally to other languages.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kaylee385649

        That's why Duo needs a feature where it shows literal translation followed by the idomatic translation so that those of us who need to see the transition can. Like for the above, the literal translation would be "I am from/of January." Then the idiomatic would be "I was born in January." If duo showed us both, it would make so much more sense


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elena18

        Seriously- I really enjoy the sentences where they make us THINK and figure out something new (that actually makes sense). :)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michabelle

        I know! Translated literally into English I can only think this would refer to time travel, but I was still able to understand that it referred to a birthday on the first try :)


        [deactivated user]

          In some languages it's very common to say e.g. "I am from January" meaning "I was born in January". It is so in Polish. So for me "I am from January" sounds absolutely ok and is understandable, even without context. :)


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/XlUi8bZ7

          Thank you for that explanation. I was totally thrown on this sentence.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mdcooper88

          They way I look at it, by saying "di gennaio" that phrase as used as a modifier - so the literal translation would be "I am of January" (not "from January"), and the closest English phrase I can think of would be something like "I'm a January baby" (January being an adj here).

          Just my 2 cents!


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

          Hehehaha I got caught by this one. I couldn't think what it was so I put "I am in January." and thought it might be a round-about way to say "It's January.", but duolingo told me the correct answer was "I am of January." which we wouldn't say either. I laughed when I saw this page with "I was born in January."


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dnovinc

          Do Italians really say something like that? And is it common ?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mikenovi

          Yes, it is an option that they actually use. (source: my Italian wife)


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kerenperla

          Interesting ! Thanks ! I was getting a little confused with this sentence...


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bislis

          io sono nata/o a gennaio


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TanviKul

          Please explain what does nata/nato and their application is.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tuna0tseb

          Nata/nato's genre is about the person (who's born in the mouth), like: "Io sono natA a gennaio" bc i'm a girl; if you are a male, you should say "Io sono natO a gennaio". (Sorry if there are mistakes, i'm italian ._.)


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/roman2095

          They are the past participle of nascere. As they take essere as the auxiliary they agree with the gender of the subject - so you get nata or nato according to the gender.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frankmazuca

          nata/ nato does that mean the person is female or male? The months are all masculine, are they not?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/saltamontes

          Does Duolingo modify their program in response to members comments? Will it remove " I am from January " from its correct responses?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mmseiple

          Yes, we do look at user comments, even though it takes a while sometimes. I just took it out. : )


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/idristardis

          Yes, it does. If you report a problem and offer an alternative solution, they do review it. I've had several emails from duolingo stating they've accepted my alternate and changed the question.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/igfs

          Translated into English and got it right. I wrote 'I'm from January.' But that's not good English just in case anyone here's learning English too.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soglio

          It's perfectly good English. It just doesn't make any sense in English.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aabasile

          It makes sense if you're a time traveler but that's not really a thing so...


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Krisbaudi

          :-) you made me laugh, thank you :-)


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/steveduolingo

          I wrote "My birthday is in January" which it didn't like. Seems like a valid translation.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BlancheDB

          It's a valid interpretation, but not a valid translation.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lpilgreen

          Probably because you added "birthday"


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fjr289

          surely though the literal sense of the phrase is 'i am from january', when translating one needs to convey the right sense in the target language. so in English because we would never ever say this the only possible correct translation (not transliteration) can be 'i was born in january'.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/loopnasus

          "I am of January"?? This is a ridiculous sentence for Duolingo...its the best you had? How about Sono nato?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BryanCreer

          If that is what Italians say then that is what we have to learn. We are translating meaning not words.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frankmazuca

          in the south and in Sicily it is said "io sono nato di novembre" but the north dominates and country and we are learning northern Italian.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HaroldWonh

          If you think this sentence is ridiculous, all I can say is "You ain't seen nothin' yet!"


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ericlearnital

          Omg someone concerned about hearts and score rather than learning the language! Who cares about the hearts. I just want to speak italian!


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonbox

          I see your point and i (find i have to) agree, but aren't the hearts and the score also the triggers to keep us going?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SimonKoch-Sultan

          Yeah, but we didn't start because we wanted to have fun. We wanted the least annoying and tedious way to fluency.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marnie428

          and what is wrong with enjoying it ? I, for one am having a lot of fun and wouldn't be as motivated if it was a chore.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yermishkina

          Hearts mark incorrect answers. You need to be sure whether it is correct or not. If program is inconsistent, you get confused.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VicAnnells

          I worry that some of you make this about perfecting rather than speaking a language. There is no real debate here you cannot be from January as has been said. Anyone saying that in English would only cause confusion so surely it is not worth defending?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Segrivas

          it works in Spanish too so it is quite all right. people shouldn't translate literally. De que mes eres? soy de abril. naci en abril.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TanviKul

          Well, as per my italian learing so far, what I would say is "Io sono nato nel mese di ottobre - I was born in the month of october". Confirm if it's right.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gituma

          Swahili helped me understand this one, in swahili you say "mimi ni wa Januari" which literally translates as "I am of January" glad to see Italians apply this too


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheRunawayFound

          Ah, the mythical land of January. Strong are its women, beautiful are its men. How I miss its rolling seas and crystal clear hills.


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mariella963130

          Why is "I am born in January" wrong?


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paul387206

          It's not correct standard English


          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FellowAdventurer

          How is this in past tense, please help


          [deactivated user]

            When did sono become past tense. Certainly not taught in the lesson. You have to guess whats correct. Thats really not learning by guess work.


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Richard78640

            It's not past tense as the subject is still current & will remain so.


            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soglio

            Does anybody know what this means?


            [deactivated user]

              It says "I was born in January". Did that not show up for you?


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soglio

              Thanks, Christian. No, it didn't, but it does now.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AliMargot

              I got it right, but put 'I am from January' and didn't understand what it meant. It has changed at the top now to 'born', and as it happens, they are right, as I was born in January!! Aren't they clever!!! I also don't care about the hearts and lingots, and never 'use' them. I just want to get a rough idea of the language, if not fluent, then enough to get me by if ever I visit Italy, which I hope I will one day.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bigant_underdog

              Io sono nata di gennaio.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Karim5856

              Oh man, I got caught out by this one....


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/leanbh15

              I chose a "correct" answer, but it really is not English, nor even American


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Isabella_Leigh

              I did a literal translation and then came to the comments to figure out what the heck it actually meant. not because I didn't want to take extra questions to get to the end of the lesson - but because I honestly had no flipping idea what the heck "I am from January" was possibly supposed to actually mean. now I feel stupid.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HaroldWonh

              You shouldn't feel stupid, Isabella, but rather affirmed - because your sense of correct English is so much better than DL's.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rhhpk

              Yes, I did exactly the same as you Isabella - and I don't feel stupid, just a bit frustrated that it accepts the nonsensical answer that you and I put down, and that it didn't give the real meaning of the sentence, but that we had to look on here.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BasilXanth

              The word "was" was not there for me to choose it!


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leillia

              "I am of January" haha....what?? Is this how you say you were born in January?


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/michael.g.16

              I was told the answer was "I am of January". That seems grammatically wrong for a sentence.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HaroldWonh

              It is vital always to use the best translation in whatever language. So of course we learn "Io sono di gennaio". But we must translate that into English as "I was born in January", or "My birthday is in January", not some gobbledygook.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BritniMont

              Io sono di aprile.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeIouch

              I can't believe "I am from January" was accepted as correct...this would only be a legitimate phrase if the speaker is a time traveller haha.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vinovo

              I am of January just doesn't make sence.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alantrousers

              I'm not from January. I'm from August.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Caterinabella

              Well, using some logic, I can see that this phrase MUST mean "I was born in January" since each one of us is "from" a particular month. Other languages use words and word patterns differently than English, that's for sure!!!


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/smbyerly

              These discussions are of no help if you worry about game playing and give that priority over trying to learn a language. I don't even know what a heart is, and this thread gives no help whatsoever.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wshvet

              I am not sure where YOUR priority is, whether game playing or language acquisition, but 'a heart' refers to Duolingo's previous system for completing a level. You started with 3 hearts, and lost one for each mistake. If you lost them all, you had to start over. As for this thread giving no help - what help are you requesting?


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tareksaffa7

              I'm from January!! We have a time traveler over here.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobFasa

              I am of january makes no sense


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/callsharon

              I can see the point of asking us to translate the English sentence into Italian, but there's no way to guess which of the several good English versions will be accepted. Usually DL objects to a tense change like this.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RachelThom27190

              duolingo accepted my "I am from January" which was obviously a literal translation and makes not a jot of sense in English, so why is DL accepting it as correct


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lalalala1234567

              I am from Star system January, do not resist earthlings! (I know it means "i was born in January", but it also looks like "i come from january")


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Don712

              no clutter ... seriously ... if asked " What month are you born in?" Would your answer be any different than " I am born in January" Am is equally correct here. You could say I was born in January (referring to the birth) or I am born in January (referring to the month) ... Ok hair splitting, I admit, but "I am born in January" should be correct. Unless Italians say that with a different expression.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CatherineK153278

              I am a January baby or I am what ever stay sign is correct but never would I say I am born in January, I was born in January.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mina722638

              Is that means i was born in january


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mina722638

              Is that means i was born in january


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/applebug03

              couldn't it be 'sono nato a gennaio'- iwasborninjanuary?!


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/belsazar0

              I am from Rio de Janeiro. kkk


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KenHutley

              "My birthday is in January"... non?


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eli545423

              I am from January, I AM A TIME TRAVLER!!!


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MariosRinakakis

              《You are from January...???》Wonderful country! I've been there once!


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Diane540044

              I believe "Io sono" is present tense. I was corrected for translating it "I am" instead of "I was" born in January. So does that mean we should transliterate rather than give an exact word translation, so it makes sense in English?


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mmseiple

              This is an idiom, so you can't translate it literally. As many have pointed out above, "I am of/from January" is not used in English. "Sono di gennaio" means that your birthday is in January, so you would say, "I was born," referring to an action in the past (being born). The Italian uses the present, like how you could say in English, "I am a Capricorn" (present), which would mean you were born (past) in December or January.


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AleLearns2020

              Isnt it supposed to say io sono nato in gennaglio


              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AngValenzuela

              I submitted the correct answer, why is it still marked as a mistake?


              [deactivated user]

                At my age, adult, I wouldn't dream of saying "I am a January baby." "I was born in January" is much better.


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissMegannn

                I was taught to say "sono nata di gennaio" ... shouldn't both translations be right?


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PATRICKPIZ1

                wasn't it 'sono nato a gennaio'? yes, if you are going from English to Italian.

                GraceD0145: if you want to say 'I am born anew' that's ok, or 'I am born of light and darkness' that's ok. but if you mean January is the month of your birth, then you have to use past tense: 'I was born in january'. in Italian, one way is the idiom 'io sono di gennaio.'


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GraceD0415

                Why not "I am born in January"


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matteo8692

                I was born in Januay? What is it?


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lisa79533

                Can someone explain to me why the verb nato is not used here? I figured that this was one of those many idiomatic expressions that many languages have, but I am just curious. I too am doing the Italian on my phone, and have to place the example in google to get to this page. Thankfully I am also taking a class to help me understand the grammer and structure a bit better.


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/launcelot

                Why does sono become past tense here?


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paul387206

                In Romance languages they sometimes use present tense where English uses past/present perfect tenses. You just have to learn and get used to the idiom.


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maria593318

                Sometimes i eant to quit this lessons because you say mistake but there is no mistake.


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JENNIFER_JG

                The prompts are not clear ' io sono'. Is generally ' I am ' not 'I was '


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PATRICKPIZ1

                since this is an idiom the rules don't apply. if you translate it literally, it would be 'I am'.


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sparkyalbatross

                this literally translates as "I am of january" so "I was born in january" must be idiomatic. It would be nice if these exercises indicated somehow that actually translating the passage wasn't going to do the job.


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Richard78640

                I guess that's how DL teaches us the vagaries of our target language


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FellowAdventurer

                How is this in past tense? Please help


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Richard78640

                Because it is still the case & always will be.


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael250419

                Either the statement is wrong or the translation. The level contains only Present Tense. If the English expression needs Past Tense then this example cannot be used for learning!


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Richard78640

                You're learning Italian, not English. Every language has its quirks!


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mKnokai

                I consulted my Italian teacher from Rome about this phrase. She explained that this sentence this is very colloquial, not literary or formal. The use of PProssimo Nascere is correct but not used as much as an "every day phrase". It seems the use of "sono di" followed by a month, changes the sentence to "i was born.." I believe this also applies to "Sei di....."


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GiuliaLeah

                'Sono di Gennaio' is a perfectly good way to say you were born in January, but for those interested, it is useful to note that this is - unsurprisingly - not used everywhere in Italy. For example, my mum is from Tuscany where they say 'Sono nata a Gennaio' (Nata because I am female, if I were to refer to myself as a male then 'nato' I suppose?) or 'il mio compleanno è/èd di/a Gennaio', and other such variants. 'I am from January/ io sono di gennaio' sounds a bit pretentious in Tuscany apparently, but in Milan they use the 'io sono di gennaio' form, where it would not be considered pretentious at all! All of this to say that there are other forms used in various cities, and to be aware of them so that you don't get thrown off your flow in conversation!


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/antrozito

                the answer is idiomatic. "Ero nascire di gennaio" more closely says i was born in January. Converting "sono" from "i am" to the past "I was" is idiomatic. That is, Italians choose to use it in that way.


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paul387206

                I think Duo, in addition to teaching Standard Italian, is also trying to give us a flavor of the dialects in Italy. This is important because Italian dialects are still alive in ways that dialects in England are not. If you learn only the standard version and then go to live in an area where the standard is not spoken it will be very confusing. But if you accept that the differences in spoken Italian are still very great it will be helpful for you and you can ask the locals to help with the local dialect.

                I taught English in Dublin for many years mainly to Brazilians. In Brazil the schools unfortunately (as in too many countries) only teach standard American English. As a result (and even allowing for what I said about English dialects above) when they come to Ireland the Brazilians are thrown a real curveball ('murcan expression, hey) trying to get to grips with (mainly Dublin, God help them if they go to Belfast, etc) local English.

                And of course the schools in Brazil don't bother mentioning there is another official language in Ireland ...

                Fun story: one of my students told me she once turned on the TV and panicked when she couldn't understand a word the people said. Then her host mother came in and asked her why she was watching the Irish-language station ...

                So I think it's good that Duo is calling our attention (and judging by the comments, a few Italians' also ...) to the important fact that Italian dialects vary much more than whatever remains of the English ones.

                Oh and I forgot to mention that area of Italy where they still speak Byzantine Greek ...:http://istoria.life/greko-calabria/2017/8/14/the-last-of-the-calabrian-greeks


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JenniferRi274490

                Thanks for the very useful , as well as interesting, explanation. I wish more of the discussion here were like this. It can be a forum which helps with genuine language learning, rather than too often a chance for aspiring stand-up comedians to compete for the funniest line. Hope I don't sound too po-faced!


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sergioleon118328

                It is a sentence without sense!!!! I am not a soothsayer. In Italian, we currently say: sono nato in Gennaio


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pawcio297195

                Shouldn't it be "Io sono nato a gennaio" ???


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WilliamM.G

                sono = am; sono nato/sono nata = was. In my humble opinion, "sono" would be correct for a newborn, less than 31 days old, born on 1 Jan who could speak during the month of his/her birth.


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EDK-Learner

                Why isn't this sentence in a past tense?


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EDK-Learner

                Why does Italian use the present tense here?


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hector290697

                So is this accurate and common in spoken Italian regarding a person's birth?


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mandi396519

                I wrote "i am born in January" and it corrected it to "i WAS born in January". Is sono also the past tense of 'am'? This is the first time so far I've seen a past tense


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-Aqnazar-

                I am of January, interesting


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/delamiafede

                are month names not capitalized in Italian?


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/delamiafede

                are month names not capitalized in Italian?


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/desmiley1

                I am of January. It is important to note the sentence structure and literal translation. It will help next time you are attempting to form a sentence on your own.


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kaiser961126

                When I type "Io sono di marzo" Google translates it into "I am from March." When I type "Io sono di gennaio" Google translates it into "I was born in January." Can anyone explain this please?


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/I-Am-Phil

                Yes and no. Google translation is a work in progress, using some of the most advanced software technology currently in development (deep neural nets). The key phrase is "in development." Some languages Google does better than others (the Latin, for instance is very poor, still useful though as long as you keep that mind!).

                The trick is to realize that Google translate is only a rough tool. Some of the owner's manuals and emails I received that are worded so very strangely have in fact been translated by some such software. So rather than hire a bi-lingual expert, these companies use software for translation and end up looking very silly and amateurish. But that's the state of the art.

                Why did Google translate that particular set of phrases differently? Dunno... but Google translate does have an equivalent to Duo's "report" feature, and that can help Google get better, like it's supposed to do with Wise Old Owl.

                Short version: Watching Google translate in action ought reassure any one who is afraid of AI that AI is still a loooooong way off.


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mKnokai

                The phrase "Io sono di marzo." is a very colloquial expression that means, "I was born in March." Google Translator may have corrected the phrase for January. The use the verb Nascere (to be born) would be correct but Nascere is not used often in every day speech.


                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrea70565

                The phrase "io sono di gennaio"doesn't exist...io sono nato a gennaio is correct


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                  I put Io sono nato a gennaio, and it said WRONG.


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RookieNZ

                  How are we suppose to take 'born' from this. Should it not be "Io sono nato a gennaio'?


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tedmurphy4

                  Where is the verb ?


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tedmurphy4

                  Was born ....past tense


                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/janine908414

                  If i am born in August, would i write, io sono d'agosto. Or di agosto?


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                    Nato = born.... but we weren't taught that yet, so they shouldn't use this sentence!


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonathan120370

                    Io sono nato di gennaio more like


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KristinaMala20

                    So it didn't accept my answer solely because I wrote Gennaio with capital G?!


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KristinaMala20

                    So it didn't accept my answer solely because I wrote Gennaio with capital G?!


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KristinaMala20

                    So it didn't accept my answer solely because I wrote Gennaio with capital G?!


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KristinaMala20

                    So I was wrong solely because I wrote Gennaio with capital G?!


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lore767801

                    This translates to, I am from January. Io sono nata a gennaio would the correct translation for I was born in January


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ronald966424

                    The italian sentence does not match the english translation should translate to I am of January


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/I-Am-Phil

                    Yeah... they don't do that. Duo matches intent of the speaker to intent of the speaker and the nearest phrase that would be used in that situation. I wish they would offer additionally a literal translation as well as a colloquial, but they don't.

                    And you are correct; that is what is says, but that's not what it means. Literal translation can also change the meaning. Yet it's also a clue to how an entire people think, yet... etc.


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ronald966424

                    This translates to i am of January, where is the Italian word for born


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GiuliaLeah

                    'sono di gennaio' is the form used in Milan, and perhaps other places too. It is a bit pretentious-sounding to some people though, so it is not used everywhere. The phrase you are looking for is probably 'Sono nato a Gennaio' I think, with 'nato'(masc.) and 'nata'(femme) as the 'word for being born'. But this form is used in Italy too, in places like Tuscany. I hope this helps! :D


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ronald966424

                    That is the wrong translation


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gin582953

                    Where does the word "born" come in?


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda497180

                    What is the Italian word for "BORN"?


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mKnokai

                    The verb is "nascere". = to be born


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JenniferRi274490

                    I have written 'I was born in January' - twice! - and twice I have been told it is incorrect and that the correct meaning is 'I was born in January'!!!


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PattQuattr

                    I wrote it literally. Sometimes they expect literal...as they say to help you understand their syntac

                    So I wrote it literal and lost a heart..Im on mobile


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DobrilaM

                    I wrote correct answer twice


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Orsacchiot10

                    I was tempted to answer I was born in shoes, thinking of all those children that that little old woman that lived in the shoe had!


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Torstein88052

                    Can someone explain how "Io sono di gennaio" can be translated as "I was born in January"? I thought something like "I am..." and then various attempts for the following could not make real sense. An suggestion could perhaps have been "I am in January", for instance where you are planning for something and discussing a calendar with someone, but again a sentence like this would be rather weird.....


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bernadette692317

                    why is the verb nascere not used in this sentence?


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mKnokai

                    It´s a colloquial response used in everyday conversation. However, its use may be influenced by regional preferences.


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/artoriuz25

                    Can't you say "I am January born" or "I am born in January" instead of the "I was born in January"


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gin582953

                    I was "born" in January? Where is the word born?


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PoogaleeWo

                    This sentence isn't correct, where is the verb to be born, the way this is phrased it means "I am of January"


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoeDeStio

                    There are hearts?


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ronald966424

                    Where does the sentence say born it reads i am of january


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ged3840

                    Where is born in this sentence


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maria859765

                    Isn't it ....Sono nato a gennaio?


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MelissaHoe2

                    How does this sentence show anything abouth birth?


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gin582953

                    I just want to know how "born" fits in. Not interested in all the heart talk.


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trino7272

                    Leterally, this answer should be right, we stiil not practicing the past tense verbs. It is out of contest.


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Graymac70

                    Sono nato a gennaio. ???


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pan285885

                    Io sono - je minulý čas? Od kdy?


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pawcio297195

                    Shouldn't it be "I sono nato a genaio"


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ary216575

                    I'm from January should be accepted.


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hiro934956

                    Well, the sentence looked like an idiomatic expression, I was tempted to translate it rather literally, (I am from January?) but what does that mean? Does that make sense? I cannot figure it out. So, this is the first time in my life that I encountered this simple looking Italian, but actually I had no idea. I had to allow myself to give it up.

                    Next time I will definitely know what it means because I will have already discovered the mystery in the meantime.


                    The second time to try translating came rather soon, as a matter of fact, after a few minutes! The same Italian sentence came back again, so that I will surely learn it in heart forever, I hope. And I did it this time successfully. Repetition is very important in language learning. Don't you agree?


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Giocatore347

                    The Italian word for born is not in this sentence. Thanks for tricking me again, DuoLingo


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PhilWild1

                    As this has turned into a general observation thread has anyone else finished all of the stories and no new ones have been added? Those two poor girls keep running into the woods with a huge scarey animal chasing them.


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Peter698752

                    Sono nato in gennaio


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ColinDocke1

                    My native italian speaker from the north says that she would never say "io sono di gennaio" but always "sono nata a gennaio" she says she knows nobody who says what dl is suggesting.


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Millie507214

                    I haven't learnt past tense in the lessons yet, can anyone explain this translation please?


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeanPhilip714244

                    should it be sono nato in gennaio , has born is nato


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gunhild215758

                    I don't want a correction of my English when learning Italian!


                    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Grace361113

                    Why is I am from january wrong??

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