Italian Phrase: Amo l’Italia! (I love Italy!)

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If there is one thing that all followers of this website have in common, it is our shared love for Italy and the Italian language. This week’s phrase will allow you to express that love in its purest form: Amo l’Italia! I love Italy! Let’s take a moment to deconstruct the phrase, shall we? Amo …

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Italian Phrase: Sono sazio/a! (I’m full!)

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The most I’ve ever eaten in one sitting was at a wedding (matrimonio) in the south of Italy. I made the amateur mistake of filling up on the first course – which, to be fair, was a mouthwatering array of freshly caught seafood – only to discover that there were seven courses to go! By …

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How to Say “Happy Thanksgiving!” in Italian

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Before anyone jumps on me for writing about what is essentially a North American tradition, let me take a moment to say that I know Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated in Italy, nor does it show any sign of taking root in Italian culture. That said, I felt it was important to cover this greeting because a …

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Italian Phrase of the Week: Ma dai! (Oh, come on! / Seriously?)

If you want to express absolute disbelief in Italian, an exclamation you simply cannot afford not to learn is Ma dai! Ma dai! Oh, come on! / Seriously? Ma is the word for but, whereas dai is a catch-all exclamation used when: encouraging someone to do something (Dai, forza! = Come on, you can do …

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Italian Phrase: Hai ragione! (You are right! You are correct!)

If you want to tell someone that the answer they have given is correct in Italian, you can use the phrase Hai ragione. Learn with our video Let’s take a quick look at how this phrase is formed: hai is the second-person singular form of the verb avere (to have). It literally means you have. …

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