Italian Word of the Day: Città (city / town)

The word for a city in Italian is città. It is derived from the Latin civitatem, a derivative of civis meaning “citizen“. It generally refers to any human settlement of considerable size with streets, public services, and a local administration. Because it is an invariable feminine noun, the plural form is the same as the …

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Italian Word of the Day: Animale (animal)

Animale, the word for animal in Italian, is identical to its English cognate, barring the addition of a word-final e. Both words ultimately derive from the Latin animal, which is based on animalis (‘having breath’). It is a masculine noun that takes the following definite and indefinite articles: l’animale = the animal gli animali = …

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Italian Word of the Day: Pranzo (lunch)

Today we’re going to be discussing the meal that comes between colazione (breakfast) and cena (supper) which is, of course, pranzo (lunch)! Pranzo is a masculine noun, so it takes the following definite and indefinite articles: il pranzothe lunch un pranzoa lunch i pranzithe lunchesdei pranzi(some) lunches In Italy, pranzo is usually served between 12:30 …

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Italian Word of the Day: Merenda (afternoon snack)

In Italy, in addition to the three main meals – colazione (breakfast), pranzo (lunch) and cena (dinner) – there is a fourth that occurs between lunch and dinner called merenda. Like most words in Italian, merenda derives from the late Latin merere (to deserve), and literally means “things you have to deserve”. /me·rèn·da/ Merenda is …

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Italian Phrase: Non parlo italiano. (I don’t speak Italian.)

If you are travelling around Italy, but speak very little to no Italian, a phrase you will probably have to use at some point is «Non parlo italiano» which means “I don’t speak Italian“. Non parlo italiano. I don’t speak Italian. Non is an adverb whose purpose is to express negation. It is one of …

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Italian Word of the Day: Giugno (June)

June, or giugno in Italian, is the month that marks the beginning of the middle of the year and the beginning of l’estate (summer). Thanks to the longer days and warm temperatures, it is a wonderful time to visit Italy if you enjoy spending time on the beach, swimming, and hiking in the mountains. Giugno …

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