"Io sono di gennaio."

Translation:I was born in January.

December 27, 2012



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

October 29, 2013


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

July 10, 2014


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

May 27, 2015


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!

October 13, 2015


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

May 4, 2018



November 11, 2018


Where do I find the lesson explanation?

March 7, 2016


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

August 25, 2016


What hearts? I've never seen any ever!

December 20, 2018


Nor have I.

February 28, 2019


I've never seen any either!

March 1, 2019


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.

May 29, 2019


LOL! Thank you.

August 20, 2014


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

March 13, 2015


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. :)

August 30, 2015


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.

March 26, 2019


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

March 26, 2019


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.

March 26, 2019


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.

October 18, 2014


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.

January 17, 2015


it's still there on mobile :)

February 3, 2015


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

February 24, 2015


If you update it it will be gone

July 28, 2015


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.

January 18, 2015


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.

February 24, 2015


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

September 11, 2014


Fortunately, we're all heartless now.

June 20, 2015


Do I sense a Kingdom Hearts reference here? :D

November 22, 2016


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

June 10, 2015


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

March 14, 2019


How do people get and lose hearts, and what do you do with them?

January 30, 2016


They are something they got rid of.

March 7, 2016


Yep, having fun getting to a (vaguely) beginner level in the language, but the heart's thing is entirely new to me. What have I been doing with my life? So niente (if that is even approximately correct).

December 2, 2018


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

July 24, 2013


'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

October 25, 2014


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

December 28, 2014


Sono di Brooklyn !!

December 3, 2014


Si, so why does sono change tense?

September 28, 2017


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

March 17, 2013


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 :)

October 10, 2013


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. :)

August 3, 2018


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

March 1, 2019


I am courious to know who *doesn't * understand it (besides E.)

August 3, 2018


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

June 18, 2013


From can mean time too, not only place.

October 22, 2016


Not from which date ?

August 3, 2018


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!

December 17, 2013


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."

October 8, 2014


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

January 2, 2013


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

January 9, 2013


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

September 22, 2014


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

August 10, 2013


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

February 17, 2017


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.

January 4, 2015


io sono nata/o a gennaio

December 27, 2012


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

April 30, 2015


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 ._.)

August 29, 2015


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.

June 28, 2016


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

January 9, 2015


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.

May 9, 2013


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

April 17, 2014


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

December 10, 2014


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

December 20, 2015


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'.

July 19, 2013


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

December 9, 2013



April 22, 2014


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

July 10, 2014


Probably because you added "birthday"

July 16, 2014


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.

December 11, 2014


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?

September 22, 2013


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

February 7, 2014


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?

March 8, 2014


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

May 3, 2014


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.

September 6, 2014


Me too

August 2, 2014


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

December 28, 2014


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

August 30, 2015


How is this in past tense, please help

February 7, 2019


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.

February 16, 2019


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

February 16, 2019


Does anybody know what this means?

April 17, 2014


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

April 17, 2014


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

April 17, 2014


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.

June 7, 2014



October 11, 2014


Io sono nata di gennaio.

December 4, 2014


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

December 26, 2014


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

January 20, 2015


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.

February 9, 2015


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

February 9, 2015


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.

February 17, 2016


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

February 14, 2015


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

February 15, 2015


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

February 28, 2015


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.

March 12, 2015


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

March 10, 2015


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.

March 12, 2015


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

March 10, 2015


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

March 10, 2015


Io sono di aprile.

March 13, 2015


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.

April 30, 2015


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

June 22, 2015


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.

August 7, 2015


I am of January just doesn't make sence.

September 14, 2015


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

October 16, 2015


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!!!

October 18, 2015


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.

November 17, 2015


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?

November 17, 2015


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

December 14, 2015


I am of january makes no sense

January 22, 2016


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.

February 2, 2016


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

February 12, 2016


It can be that DL thinks that January be an Italian town....

February 13, 2016


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")

February 18, 2016


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.

April 22, 2016


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.

April 22, 2016


Is that means i was born in january

August 2, 2016


Is that means i was born in january

August 2, 2016


Me :)

November 17, 2016


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

January 12, 2017


I am from Rio de Janeiro. kkk

February 1, 2017


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

February 10, 2017


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

February 14, 2017


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

February 16, 2017


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?

June 26, 2017


DL does not translate the I sentence that is "I am (of the month) of January". But the time "was born" is correct, as "nascere" is "to be born", so your "I am born "means "io nasco", now, not "sono nato" present perfect of the verb nascere.

June 26, 2017


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.

June 26, 2017


Isnt it supposed to say io sono nato in gennaglio

July 23, 2017


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

August 27, 2017


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

September 16, 2017


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

September 30, 2017


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.'

July 29, 2018


Why not "I am born in January"

November 9, 2017


This is odd!

January 12, 2018


I was born in Januay? What is it?

March 18, 2018


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.

March 23, 2018


Why does sono become past tense here?

April 6, 2018


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

June 21, 2018


Why is "I am born in January" wrong?

August 5, 2018


...perché vuol dire "nasco", non "sono nato"

August 5, 2018


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

August 7, 2018


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

August 7, 2018


Here, "Io sono" means "io sono nato, which in E. is I was born

August 8, 2018


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.

January 16, 2019


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

January 16, 2019


How is this in past tense? Please help

February 7, 2019


Because it is still the case & always will be.

February 7, 2019


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.

December 13, 2018


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!

February 7, 2019


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

February 7, 2019


Why isn't this sentence in a past tense?

April 15, 2019


Why does Italian use the present tense here?

April 28, 2019


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

May 21, 2019


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

May 26, 2019
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