We all love a funny idiom, especially those whose content seems to have nothing to do with the intended meaning. Some good examples in English include kick the bucket (to die), Bob's your uncle (it's as simple as that), and a piece of cake (easy) but what about Italian? It turns out that it too has a range of chuckle-worthy idioms that will put a smile on the face of any learner of the … [Read more...] about 10 Funny Italian Idioms & Sayings That Are Guaranteed to Make You Smile
If you love belting out Christmas songs as much as I do, you'll be delighted to know that there is no lack of Christmas tunes you can sing along to in the Italian language. You'll find that some have a very familiar melody whereas others are original Italian creations. In this article, we've come up with a list of ten of the most popular Italian Christmas songs (or canti di Natale) you'll … [Read more...] about A List of 10 Popular Italian Christmas Songs with Lyrics and Translations in English
When someone says "Thank you!" in English, there is more than one way we can respond depending on the formality of the situation and who we are talking to. Unsurprisingly the same applies to the Italian language. In this article, we take a look at ten of the most popular ways of responding to "Grazie!" (Thank you!). No matter what kind of situation you find yourself in, you can be sure that one … [Read more...] about 10 Ways to Respond to “Grazie” (Thank You) in Italian
We are all well aware that English is abound with words of Italian origin but did you know that Italian regularly borrows from English as well? Italian has a long history of incorporating foreign words into its vocabulary but it is only in recent years that the amount of English vocabulary entering Italian has exploded. Some words depict new concepts such as selfie and sitcom whereas others … [Read more...] about 10 Borrowed English Words in the Italian Language
Goodbye! So long! Farewell! Toodle-loo! In English, there are dozens of ways to say goodbye besides the standard textbook phrases everyone learns in class, so it should come as no surprise that Italian has plenty of expressions of its own! In this article, we cover all the most important expressions you need to enrich your Italian vocabulary. ;-) 1. Arrivederci / ArrivederLa One of the … [Read more...] about 11 Different Ways to Say Goodbye in Italian – “Arrivederci” and beyond!
Christmas is just around the corner and that means it's time to put up the tree, decorate the house, and most importantly, brush up on your Italian Christmas greetings! ;-) Perhaps you want to be able to say a few phrases when you call or write to your Italian relatives, or maybe you're just curious to pick up some new expressions. No matter your motivation, this article will point you in the … [Read more...] about Christmas Greetings in the Italian Language: Vocabulary, Phrases & More