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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Italian Phrase: Mi piaci! (I like you!)

When I first started learning Italian, the verb whose usage confused me more than any other was piacere, which means to like. To understand why this verb is so confusing for English speakers, let’s take a look at our phrase of the week: (Tu)* mi piaci! I like you! *Note: personal pronouns like tu are …

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Italian Phrase: Ho bisogno di te. (I need you.)

This week’s Italian phrase can sound romantic, sweet or desperate depending on how it is said, and to whom it is directed! Ho bisogno di te! I need you! Ho bisogno di In Italian, needs are expressed using the construction avere bisogno di which literally translates as to have need of. It can be followed …

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