Italian Word of the Day: Allora (so / then / at that time)

An Italian word that many of our readers and followers on Facebook have been requesting is allora, so let’s dive straight in! Allora is an extremely flexible word in that it can function as an adverb, conjunction or adjective depending on how it is used in a sentence. We’ve decided this article into three sections …

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What Does “Ecco” Mean in Italian?

If you’ve been asking yourself what the word “ecco” means in Italian, you aren’t alone! Ecco is one of those multifaceted words in Italian that learners must use and hear in various situations in order to fully understand the scope of its meaning. Although in many situations you can safely translate ecco with the words …

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Italian Word of the Day: Oltremodo (extremely / exceedingly)

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Today we’re going to be taking a look at the advanced adverb oltremodo which means extremely or exceedingly. It is the combination of the words oltre (beyond, over) and modo (way), and can be written as two separate words. Oltremodo normally appears after verbs and before adjectives and nouns. For example: annoiarsi oltremodo (verb + …

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Italian Word of the Day: Invano (in vain / to no avail)

Today’s adverb invano should be familiar to everyone as the English equivalent is nearly identical, except that we provide a space between the two terms (in vain). Ho cercato di convincerli a scappare, ma è stato tutto invano. I tried to get them to escape, but it was all in vain. Interestingly, many Italians mistakenly …

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Italian Word of the Day: Grossomodo (roughly / approximately)

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An adverb in Italian that means more or less, approximately or roughly is grossomodo. It may also be written as two words – grosso modo – with grosso meaning large and modo meaning way. Siamo grossomodo a metà strada. We’re approximately halfway there. Grossomodo ci saranno quaranta persone questa sera. There will be more or …

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Italian Word of the Day: Tardi (late)

One word for late in Italian is tardi, which should be very easy to remember as we have the same word in English, albeit spelt with a word-final ‘y’ instead of an ‘i’. Both the Italian and the English tardy can be traced back to the Latin tardus meaning ‘slow’. The expressions essere tardi (lit. …

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