What is Christmas called in Italy? – The meaning of “Natale”

natale - christmas

Today’s word is part of our Italian Christmas Word Advent Calendar series. Each day throughout December, we’ll post a word or phrase that is related to the holiday season. Enjoy! Christmastime is upon us yet again, and if you are studying Italian, you may well be wondering what Christmas is called in Italy! Natale/na·tà·le/(masculine noun) Christmas Unlike …

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Jingle Bells in Italian – Lyrics and English Translation (Din Don Dan)

One of the the most well-known and beloved Christmas songs in many countries across the world, including Italy, is Jingle Bells. Although you will hear Italian people singing the English version at Christmastime, the song is so popular that they’ve also come up with an Italian equivalent called Din Don Dan, an onomatopoeic reference to …

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Italian Phrase: Natale è arrivato! (Christmas is here!)

Last year we taught you how to say the traditional holiday greeting Buon Natale! (Merry Christmas!), so this year we’re going with something a bit different! The Italian for Christmas is here! is Natale è arrivato! which literally translates as Christmas has arrived! It is made up of the following components: Natale >> The word …

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Italian Word of the Day: Pace (peace)

In both English and Italian, the word peace – or pace (feminine noun) in Italian – can refer to a personal state of tranquility or the complete absence of hostility and violence on a larger societal scale. Vorrei che ci fosse la pace nel mondo. I wish there were peace on earth. In Italian, to …

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Italian Word of the Day: Pallina (bauble)

The word pallina (feminine, plural: palline) in Italian is the diminutive form of the word palla meaning ball. Normally it would translate as little ball but in the context of Christmas, it can also be used to describe baubles that you hang on the Christmas tree. To specify that you are talking about Christmas baubles …

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