Che Stanchezza! part 2 Posted by Serena on Apr 7, 2010 in Italian Language
In part 1 of this blog I looked at some of the expressions that we use to describe physical tiredness. Now let’s have a look at how we express mental tiredness.
Listed below are four common ways of expressing mental tiredness, the familiar sensation that we get when our brain is beginning to grow numb and we can’t think straight anymore. Note that all of these expressions use the verb essere, and must therefore be modified according to number and gender.
essere rimbischerito/a/i/e (this is a typical dialectic Tuscan expression)
Which of these expressions you choose to use is up to you, it’s really a matter of personal preference.
Obviously the best thing to do when you are rimbischerito/a/i/e is to ‘andare a letto’ (go to bed) e.g. "sono rimbischerita, vado a letto" (I’m mentally exhausted, I’m off to bed – feminine singular). N.B. I have added the word ‘mentally’ to my translations in order to differentiate them from the expressions for physical tiredness listed in part 1.
Alternately you could find a comfy place and ‘andare a sdraiarsi’ (go and lie down), or andare a riposarsi (go to have a rest), e.g "sono proprio rincretinito, adesso mi vado sdraiare" (I’m really mentally worn out, I’m going to have a lie down now – masculine singular), or "ragazze, se siete rimbambite perché non andate a riposarvi per un po’ ?" (girls, if you’re mentally tired out why don’t you go and rest for a bit? – feminine plural).
Here in Italy the traditional habit of taking a nap after lunch, especially in the heat of the summer when only mad dogs and tourists roam the streets, is still very common. All of the following mean to ‘take a nap’ or ‘have a siesta’:
fare la penichella
fare un pisolino, or schiacciare un pisolino
fare il riposino
fare il sonnellino
Quindi, se questo blog vi ha rimbecillito, meglio che fate un pisolino! (therefore, if this blog has mentally exhausted you, you’d better go and have a siesta!)
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