Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Invention of the Lawn Mower

Day 173 of My Italian Learning Journal*

I suspect you will guess what the object at right is. I have been quite busy and I called upon a young man in our neighborhood to mow our lawn. A couple of weeks ago I had spread fertilizer on our lawn right before some rainy days, and our lawn grass was getting tall and dark green. After a bit of Internet surfing, I found an article about the invention of the lawn mower -- it was invented by Edwin Budding in 1830 in England. Initially, it was used to cut the grass on sports grounds and extensive gardens. In the United States, gasoline-powered lawn mowers were first manufactured in 1914. As many homeowners do, I own an excellent gasoline engine power lawn mower; however, I did use a reel mower, like one in the illustration, when I was a boy. (Let's move on to a practice script in Italian -- grammar corrections are welcome.)

Ascolta Questo:
  • Il primo tosaerba รจ stato inventato in Inghilterra.
    The first lawn mower was invented in English.
  • Edwin Budding ha inventato la prima falciatrice da prato a bobina nel 1830.
    Edwin Budding invented the first reel lawn mower in 1830.
  • I primi tosaerba sono stati utilizzati per campi sportivi.
    The first lawn mowers were used for sports grounds.
  • Una falciatrice a motore a benzina fu introdotta negli Stati Uniti nel 1914.
    A gasoline motor-powered lawn mower was introduced in the United States in 1914.
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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