Italian Word of the Day: Spaventoso (scary / incredible)

The adjective spaventoso in Italian is interesting in that it has either a positive or negative connotation depending on how it is used. In its negative and more traditional sense, it describes anything that causes fright or arouses feelings of terror and bewilderment. Some possible translations including scary, frightening, frightful, terrible, horrible or dreadful. Ieri …

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Italian Word of the Day: Soleggiato (sunny / sunlit)

After a number of vicious winter storms, the sun is shining for the first time in days, so what better word to talk about than soleggiato, which means sunny or sunlit. As you have probably inferred, it is a derivative of the word sole (sun). Being an adjective, the ending changes to match the gender …

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20 Basic Italian Adjectives and their Opposites

In all languages, including Italian, there are countless adjectives whose job is to add an extra layer of meaning to the words they describe. Of course, some adjectives are used more frequently than others because in spoken language, we tend to simplify concepts and repeat the same words over and over again. In this article, …

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Italian Word of the Day: Tortuoso (windy / winding)

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If you are familiar with the word tortuous in English, you should have no trouble remembering its Italian equivalent tortuoso, which usually translates as windy or winding in everyday English. Adjectives such as tortuoso always agree with the noun they describe, which means that they have to demonstrate whether they are masculine or feminine and …

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Italian Word of the Day: Spigliato (self-confident)

A person who is uninhibited, confident and sure of themselves can be called spigliato in Italian. It is the past participle of the verb spigliare, meaning “to make (someone) more relaxed and confident”. Because it is an adjective, the form changes depending on the gender and plurality of the noun in question: spigliato = masculine, …

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Italian Word of the Day: Sgargiante (gaudy / showy)

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Today we’ll be focusing on an advanced Italian adjective that translates in many ways including gaudy, showy, flamboyant, glitzy and flashy: sgargiante. It is thought to derive from the present participle of the Neapolitan sgargià meaning ‘to look (at someone) with a loving gaze’ with the intention of attracting their attention. When modifying masculine and …

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