We’re kind of in the thick of exam season and assignment deadlines are fast approaching. I’m trying to do my best and get shit done but not kill myself in the process, y'know? So I'm trying to do the things that I like and get enough sleep while also being productive.
1st pic is old but i just miss the sun so much. i miss just being able to wear just a t-shirt and sweats outside, bundling up was cute at first but now i’m sick of it.
Differences between the imperfetto and the passato prossimo
The difference between the imperfect and present perfect in English is very subtle, and sometimes English speakers don’t use them in the same way as they are used in Italian, so be patient with yourself as you are learning these two tenses. You know that the passato prossimo is used for actions that are complete in the past or that only happened once in a defined period of time. In contrast, the imperfect is used when you are describing actions that are incomplete, ongoing, or occurring during a vaguely defined period of time. The imperfect can also be used to talk about habitual actions, to set up the background of a story, and to talk about weather and time in the past.
Think about some things you did yesterday and some things you always used to do as a child. If yesterday you ate breakfast at 9, you’d express that in the passato prossimo (it’s a complete, one-time action occurring at a set time): Ieri ho mangiato colazione alle 9. If you’re telling someone that you always used to eat breakfast at 9 as a child, that’s habitual, so it would be in the imperfect: Da bambino/a mangiavo sempre la colazione alle 9.
You can have two actions occurring in the same sentence, one of each verb type. This is for times when an ongoing action (in the imperfect) is interrupted by a onetime action (in the passato prossimo): for example, “While I was taking a shower, someone knocked at the door” (“Mentre facevo una doccia, qualcuno ha bussato alla porta”). You can also express that two imperfect actions are occurring at the same time (e.g., “Mentre studiavo, mio fratello ascoltava la musica”) and two passato prossimo actions that occur simultaneously (“Quando Marco ha bussato alla porta, io sono caduta”). In all of these sentences, you can see the difference between the actions. Try a few for yourself!
Faceva bello: c’era tanto sole. Sono andata alla spiaggia con i miei amici. Eravamo lì sdraiati sulla sabbia. Io avevo tanta energia e volevo nuotare, quindi mi sono alzata. Ho camminato fino all’acqua. L’acqua non era troppo fredda. Mi sono tuffata. L’acqua era limpida. Ho potuto vedere i pesci e il fondo. Mentre guardavo il fondo del mare, ho visto qualcosa. Sembrava il dito di un piede, ma sembrava anche vero. Non potevo crederci! Mi sono tuffata una seconda volta. Il piede sembrava duro, come di metallo. Sono uscita dall’acqua gridando dalla gioia. Ho scoperto qualcosa importante!
It was beautiful outside: There was a lot of sun. I went to the beach with my friends. We were lying outstretched there on the sand. I had a lot of energy and wanted to swim, so I got up. I walked up to the water. The water wasn’t too cold. I dove in. The water was clear. I could see the fish and the bottom. While I was looking at the bottom of the sea, I saw something. It seemed like the toe of a foot, but it also seemed real. I couldn’t believe it! I dove in a second time. The foot seemed hard, like metal. I got out of the water shouting with joy. I discovered something important!
I’m trying to build habits that will last longer than just the duration of this challenge and one way I’m approaching that is to set the bar lower 😅 Rather than trying to do a massive workout everyday, I just try to get the exercise in that I can manage on that day.
Today was another busy day, so I only got a short walk on the beach in after work. But I’m more than happy with it.
Day 4 Prompts:
What’s the smallest, most achievable version of your big goal that you can do on a daily basis? If you want to become a master yogi, you could make the bare minimum a 10 minute stretch at the start or end of the day, for example.
Declutter your accessories/jewelry. This is another small, manageable category, but it makes getting ready in the mornings just a little easier.
An avverbio (adverb) is a word that modifies or qualifies verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs, usually in relation to time, manner, and degree. In English, these are words that often end in -ly (e.g., swiftly, slowly, traditionally, etc.). Some do not end in -ly, such as often, always, sometimes, early, etc. This is also true for Italian: While many adverbs end in -mente, there are many that do not. Here are a few (with their corresponding negative expressions):
sempre (always) - non…mai (never)
prima (first) - dopo (after)
spesso (often) - qualche volta / a volte (sometimes)
presto (early) - tardi (late)
già (already) - non…ancora (not yet)
molto (very / a lot) - poco (not much)
ancora (still) - non…più (not anymore)
bene (well) - male (badly)
Adverbs that end in -mente use specific rules to form them. If the original adjective ends in -o, it changes to -a, and then -mente is added. If an adjective ends in -e, it stays the same, and the -mente ending is simply tacked on. However, if an adjective ends in -le or -re, the e is dropped before -mente is added. Let’s see how this works:
raro => rara => raramente
felice=> felice => felicemente
generale => general_ => generalmente
regolare => regolar_ => regolarmente
What are some things that you do during the day? In what manner do you do them? Do you get dressed rapidly (rapido => rapidamente)? Do you eat breakfast happily (contento => contentamente)? Try to think of adjectives that you can turn into adverbs to describe your whole day.
I got my step 2 board scores back today. Two things:
I did worse than on step 1.
Let me walk you through my inner run on sentence right now.
‘I’m so fucked you dont know anything you cant diagnose anything youre going to do malpractice it was a mistake letting you into med school youre so fucked youre not going to match youre gonna have to scramble youre scores a fucking dogshit no ones even going to take a second look at you why didnt you study more whats wrong with you you cant give anyone anything you dont deserve to be where you are youre the worst med student and youre going to be the worst doctor and youre failing everyone”
I studied in the noon a little and I wanted to study in the evening again but:
I went to get my drivers licence and it started raining. I had no umbrella and no jacket with me so I was drained in water before I got there. Well then I went home, ate and went jogging. Back home I realised that I LOST MY KEY IN THE WOODS sooo I want back and looked for it. 40 minutes later I found it.
Noow I just want to drink some fresh mint tea, eat my tasty salat and go to sleep.
3rd August - What is your least favourite thing about the beach?
Sand, heat, salty water I feel like I have answered this before hehe
The Burning by Laura Bates is one of those books that I kept seeing everywhere for a while before it disappeared. Seeing it on the featured books in the YA section of the library, I had a read of the blurb and decided it sounded like something I would enjoy.