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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Italian Word of the Day: Biglietto di auguri (greeting card)

Today’s word of the day is part of our Italian Christmas Word Advent Calendar series. Each day throughout December, we’ll post a word that is related to the holiday season. Enjoy! In Italian, the word for card – as in the kind of cards you send to celebrate special occasions – is biglietto d’auguri (masculine, plural: biglietti …

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Italian Word of the Day: Elfo (elf)

Today’s word of the day is part of our Italian Christmas Word Advent Calendar series. Each day throughout December, we’ll post a word that is related to the holiday season. Enjoy! The tradition of the Christmas elf has its origins in American, Canadian, Irish and British cultures, but due to globalisation, has since been incorporated into the …

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Italian Word of the Day: Santo Stefano (Boxing Day)

Today’s phrase 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! The day after Christmas, the 26th of December, is a Christian festivity called Santo Stefano in Italian, which is known as St. Stephen’s Day in other European …

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