Saturday, March 17, 2018

4-Leaf Clover

Day 189 of My Italian Learning Journal*

A lucky surprise? Since today is St. Patrick's Day I thought it would be interesting to look into the chances of finding a four-leaf clover. After a bit of surfing on the Internet, I came to The Science Explorer website at There I learned several "new" things. What is commonly referred to as the leaves are actually "leaflets" of the same leaf. So, it's actually a one-leaf clover. The odds of finding a "four-leaf" clover are 1 to 10,000 -- and that's in an area of about 12.9 square feet or 1.2 square meters. Below I have embedded a Scientific American video about the four-leaf clover. (Corrections on my Italian grammar in the practice script below are welcome.)

Ascolta Questo:
  • Hai visto un quadrifoglio?
    Have you seen a four-leaf clover?
  • Le foglie sono in realt√† volantini.
    The leaves are actually leaflets.
  • Le probabilit√† di trovare un quadrifoglio sono da 1 a 10.000.
    The chances of finding a four-leaf clover are 1 to 10,000.
  • La casa automobilistica italiana Alfa Romeo dipingeva un quadrifoglio sul lato delle loro auto da corsa.
    Italian automobile maker Alfa Romeo used to paint a four-leaf clover, or quadrifoglio, on the side of their racing cars.
Scientific Amercian Video About the 4-Leaf Clover
Alla prossima!

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*Note: This is my personal journal of daily practice in learning Italian. I welcome Italian grammar corrections. Grazie.

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