Italian Phrase: Sono di origine italiana. (I am of Italian descent.)

The vast majority of the people who subscribe to our newsletter and Facebook group are Americans of Italian descent. Some were born to immigrant parents, whereas others may have had to look back a few generations to discover their Italian roots. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, we are sure that today’s phrase …

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Italian Phrase: Che cosa vuoi dire? (What do you mean?)

If someone provides you with an explanation but you struggle to understand the meaning behind their words, it is only natural to ask the question: What do you mean? One way to express this in Italian is with the phrase Che cosa vuoi dire? which, word-for-word, can be translated as What do you want to …

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Italian Phrase: Magari fosse vero! (I wish it were true!)

If you wish something were true, you would like it to be true, even though you know that it is impossible or unlikely. To express this sentiment in Italian, you can use the following phrase: Magari fosse vero! I wish it were true! Magari is an extremely versatile word but it isn’t the easiest to …

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