Italian Word of the Day: Qualcosa (something / anything)

Italian word "qualcosa"

Today we’re going to be investigating one of the most commonly used indefinite pronouns in Italian: qualcosa (something / anything). Derived from qualche (some) and cosa (thing), it is used to indicate one or more things that are unspecified or unknown. qualcosa something / anything Qualcosa usually translates as something in English and both occur …

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Italian Word of the Day: Prezzo (price / cost)

Prezzo is a masculine noun that means price or cost in English. It is derived from the Latin pretium meaning value or reward. prezzo price Il venditore mi ha fatto un buon prezzo per questo divano. The seller gave me a good price for this couch. Quanto costa questo libro? Non vedo il prezzo. How much is this …

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Italian Word of the Day: Stasera (this evening / tonight)

Italian word "stasera"

Stasera, meaning this evening, is one of the very first and most essential adverbs of time you’ll encounter when delving into the Italian language. It is the combination of the adjective questa (this), with the removal of the initial que-, and sera (evening). stasera this evening In everyday conversation, stasera is used more commonly than …

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Italian Word of the Day: Spesso (often)

If you want to say that you carry out an activity often or frequently, you can always rely on the useful adverb spesso in Italian. spesso often The adverb originates from the adjective spesso, which means “thick,” sharing both pronunciation and spelling. This, in turn, can be traced back to the Latin word spissus. Spesso …

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Italian Word of the Day: Contento (happy / pleased / glad / content)

While it might be tempting to assume that the Italian adjective contento is the direct counterpart of the English content, it actually encompasses a slightly broader range of meanings as we’ll soon discover. The most common translations for contento are glad and happy. Like its English counterparts, it denotes a subdued or contained kind of …

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