Take a seat Posted by Serena on May 24, 2010 in Italian Language
Take a seat…but where? Here is a useful list of some of the most common things that we sit on:
|la sedia||the chair|
|la sedia a sdraio||the deck-chair|
|la sedia a dondolo||the rocking chair|
|la sedia a rotelle||the wheelchair|
|il sedile||the seat, e.g. in a car, bus, train, etc.|
|il seggiolino||the child’s seat in a car|
|il seggiolone||the child’s high chair|
|la seggiovia||the chair lift|
|la panca||the bench / pew|
|la panchina||the garden bench / football bench|
|il divano||the sofa|
|il divanoletto||the sofa bed|
|la poltrona||the armchair|
When I was a child I used to love sitting on l’altalena (the swing), while my mother sat on la panchina (the bench) watching me dondolare (swing).
Not many of us get a chance to sit on il trono (the throne), but, there again, you don’t often find kings or queens sitting on lo sgabello (the stool) in a bar!
If there’s nothing else available you can always sit per terra (on the ground). Oh, and by the way, the part of you that does the sitting is il sedere (the bottom)!
In part two we’ll have a look at how we ask or tell people to sit down.
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