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Read Other Interesting Stories. Happy Birthday, Damien Hirst! Log in or Sign up. Login using registered account Remember me on this computer Forgot Password. Sitting clumped around tables inside restaurants or spilling out on to their terrazas, are friends, families and colleagues, preserved in the post-prandial moment like replete insects in amber. Lunch — and it is more usually lunch than dinner — will long since have yielded to the important act of the sobremesa, that languid time when food gives way to hours of talking, drinking and joking. Coffee and digestivos will have been taken, or perhaps the large gin and tonic that follows a meal rather than precedes it here.
The sobremesa is a digestive period that allows for the slow settling of food, gossip, ideas and conversations. It is also a sybaritic time; a recognition that there is more to life than working long hours and that few pleasures are greater than sharing a table and then chatting nonsense for a hefty portion of what remains of the day.
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The world may not have been put completely to rights by the end of the sobremesa , but it will seem a calmer, more benign place. Ask Mariano Rajoy.
At the end of May, as it became clear that he was going to be turfed out of office in a no-confidence vote , the then-prime minister did something very Spanish: he and his close circle retreated to a private room in a smart Madrid restaurant. Lunch was followed by a seven-hour sobremesa, and, reportedly, a couple of bottles of whisky. After all, what does the loss of a premiership matter after a fine meal, a good cigar and some booze-soaked reminiscing? Sam Jones in Madrid.
There are words that come close, that encapsulate something of the spirit of this word — and the word itself is spirited.
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On the ball, quick-witted, with-it, canny, having common sense, intuitive, someone who gets things done: these all help shade in the space occupied by esperto. I grew up in Portugal and have always felt an undercurrent of admiration, almost affection, for the espertas. A Brazilian friend, Tatiana, though, warns of a negative sense.
Someone esperto can, she says, use his or her instincts to take advantage of others; to trap or fool them into trouble. Esperta is definitely not slow, dim, unimaginative. Before celebrating a confirmation in Sicily last year, my aunt breathed a sigh of relief when she saw that her British niece was dressed appropriately enough so as not to make a bad impression in front of the extended family.
I was also relieved, as it meant I had not inflicted the curse of the brutta figura, which literally translates as bad figure, on my family. In pretty much all areas of life, whether it be in the way people dress, how they behave, how well their homes are kept or how impeccably a cake is presented and a gift wrapped, Italians strive to achieve the bella figura, or beautiful figure. With a good selfie and a good spot, you can survive an entire career without doing anything. One of the most misleading, but also most enduring, myths about German culture is that it values hard work over a good siesta.
Anyone who sincerely believes that to be the case has never tried to call a German office at one minute past five. Philip Oltermann in Berlin. Sisu is an untranslatable Finnish term that blends resilience, tenacity, persistence, determination, perseverance and sustained, rather than momentary, courage: the psychological strength to ensure that regardless of the cost or the consequences, what has to be done will be done.
In a harsh environment and with powerful neighbours, it was what a young nation needed. Sisu is what, in , allowed an army of , Finns to twice fight off Soviet forces three times their number, inflicting losses five times heavier than those they sustained. More prosaically, it has helped Finns get through a lot of long, lonely, dark and freezing winters, building in the process one of the wealthiest, safest, most stable and best-governed countries in the world. It is not all good, of course. Sisu can lead to stubbornness, a refusal to take advice, an inability to admit weakness, a lack of compassion.
Research shows it holds little appeal to the young. Jon Henley. It is an etiquette that is seen almost in all aspects of Iranian life, from hosts insisting on guests taking more food from the table, to the exchanges in the bazaar. Although Ms A in reality cannot take the carpet out of the shop without paying for it, the seller might insist up to three times that she should just do that, until the amount of the price is finally mentioned. Saeed Kamali Dehghan.
Leave it to Russia to serve up the melancholy: toska translates as yearning or ennui. What can toska pronounced tahs- kah mean? Spiritual anguish, a deep pining, perhaps the product of nostalgia or love-sickness, toska is depression plus longing, an unbearable feeling that you need to escape but lack the hope or energy to do so. Toska is the stuff of great literature.
Evgeny Onegin, the foundational Russian novel-in-verse about superfluous men, unrequited love and duels? Loads of toska. Anton Chekhov wrote an entire short story called Toska about a cabman who recently lost his son and searches for someone to talk to about his grief.