Lezioni Italiano

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Prendere and Riprendere

In a previous lesson we talked about beccare which in colloquial speech is often used in place of prendere (to take, to catch, to get, to have): For instances of prendere see previous lessons as well as Yabla videos. But let’s focus on a variation of prendereriprendere (to take up again, to retake, to take back, to film). The same word, meaning two very different things, appears at a distance of just a few lines in the same video. 

Ti dispiace se oggi riprendo la nostra seduta? No, mi va bene. Allora, sei a tuo agio? Sì. Riprendiamo da dove eravamo rimasti l'ultima volta.

Do you mind if I film our session today? No, it's OK with me. So, are you at ease? Yes. Let's take up where we left off last time.

Captions 1-5, Fabri Fibra In Italia ft. Gianna Nannini

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BANNER PLACEHOLDER

 

In the first instance we’re talking about filming or shooting: riprendere. It’s also common to use the noun form of riprendereripresaFare una ripresa is “to make a video/film recording” or “to shoot.” So una ripresa is “a shot.” And you might easily jump to the conclusion that “to take a picture” in Italian would be prendere una foto. But no! Sbagliato (wrong)! We have to say fare una foto (to make a picture). 

In card playing, prendere is “to draw,” so riprendere in this context means “to draw again!” or “to take again.”

Ora riprendiamo le carte. -Esatto, la riprendo io, perché sono stata l'ultima, -Bene. -che ha preso.

Now we draw cards again. -Exactly, I draw another, because I was the last one, -Good. -who took [the cards].

Captions 32-33, Briscola Regole del gioco - Part 2

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If you’re having a second helping, you might say:

Riprendo un po’ di pasta.

I’ll have a second helping of pasta.

 

To end on a melancholy note, here’s Alice singing to her (ex) boyfriend, who is quite preso da (taken by) another woman, Elisa.

Lei ti lascia e ti riprende come e quando vuole lei

She leaves you and takes you back however and whenever she wants

Caption 13, Alice: Per Elisa

BANNER PLACEHOLDER

 

The simple, clear, and easy-to-relate-to lyrics may not be exactly uplifting, but this ripresa video of a live performance vi prenderà (will get to you).

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