It all started with a silly question that I overheard while waiting in line at Starbucks:
“If your soul had a flavor, what would it be?”
One barista was waxing poetic about how if her soul had a flavor, it would be strong coffee with a dash or cream (caffè con uno goccio di panna). The other barista was giving her the side eyes, you know the ones that say WTF are you talking about, you are out of your mind! But I silently nodded in agreement, “yeah, I get you girl.” If we can have a “spirit animal,” why not a soul flavor?
I’ve been really trying to improve my Italian grammar and stop sounding like a caveman who only uses the present, past, or future. I want to be able to talk about the hypothetical. You know, the deep, meaningful important conversations like, “if your soul had a flavor, what would it be?” 😉
Translation is like the totally misunderstood, totally underrated red-headed step child of language learning. I am a huge fan of translation, assuming it is not the only method you use. I for one, want to be able to translate effortlessly between English & Italian (which is a lot harder than it seems). Not to mention, translation highlights the similarities and differences between English & Italian grammar. It signals a red flag whenever I can’t translate word for word and have to adjust my way of thinking. Just a caveat: it’s best to have a bilingual English/Italian speaker help you with the translation, rather than relying on a computer generated translation.
So today ladies and gentleman, I present to you the to talk about unreal or imaginary situations like soul flavors.
If your soul had a flavor, what would it be?
Se la tua anima avesse un sapore, quale sarebbe?
My soul flavor would be a Bicerin: chocolate, coffee, and cream.
Il sapore della mia anima sarebbe un Bicerin: cioccolato, caffè e crema.
I love this question because it’s fun and memorable. Studying grammar doesn’t have to come from books. It can be fun and silly. You don’t even have to study an entire verb tense all at once. It can be consumed in fun-sized pieces.
- Do you like to use translation for language learning?
- If your soul had a flavor, what would it be? (Let me know in the comments!)
La Dolce Vita through from California to Italy. I’m Kelly, an American girl with Italian taste in food & wine. I blog about learning Italian, food & wine pairings, how to find authentic Italian ingredients in the US, and seasonal recipes from scratch.