The Italian Lesson
Magari: and Holiday Message
I wish, if only: "Magari this hot weather will cool off."
From Greek root, makários, meaning happy, blessed.
I've seen it so many times; traveling international families that, as well as their mother tongue, speak a private family language with word borrowings from the various languages of the countries where they have resided.
Frequently, in another language one learns words that just have no substitute in the mother tongue. A simple example would be the plural YOU, which is no different in English from the singular YOU. How much easier it would be, as a writer, if we could use the vernacular YOUSE or YOU'LL. Once one becomes used to a plural YOU it's hard to do without it.
My favorite such word is the Italian word magari, once magari becomes part of ones vocabulary it's hard to replace in another language. It seems an especially good word for New Years thoughts for the future.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year,
Roger - Shinkansen from Kyoto to Tokyo