When travelling around Italy, the temptation to eat out will prove difficult to resist with all the wonderful ristoranti there are. But even the best meal must come to an end! There are different ways to ask for the bill in Italian. One of the most common is: posso avere il conto per favore? Let's see how the phrase is constructed: posso = I canavere = to haveil conto = the … [Read more...] about Italian Phrase of the Week: Posso avere il conto per favore?
Italian Phrase of the Week
We've already talked about the word amore, so now it's time to write about one of the most important expressions in any language to communicate your love for someone else. I love you translates to Ti amo in Italian. IPA: /ti ˈa.mo/ Naturally it is most common to use this phrase with your boy/girlfriend, partner or wife/husband. You can say it on its own or add extra words to emphasise the … [Read more...] about Italian Phrase of the Week: Ti amo (I love you)
Mi raccomando is one of those wonderfully Italian phrases that cannot easily be translated into English because there isn't an exact equivalent. IPA: /mi/ /rac·co·man·do/ It comes from the verb raccomandare which translates to recommend or to entrust but by making it reflexive (raccomandarsi) it becomes to plead with, to beg or to implore. Mi sono raccomandato tanto con loro ma è stato … [Read more...] about Italian Phrase of the Week: Mi raccomando!
One of the first phrases I remember desperately wanting to learn when I moved to Italy was Who cares! As it turns out, there are a few different ways to translate this expression as we'll discover below. The standard and most inoffensive way of translating this phrase is chi se ne importa which literally translates to something along the lines of who gives it importance. Luca si sta … [Read more...] about Italian Phrase of the Week: Chi se ne importa! (Who cares!)
If you're waiting impatiently for something to happen, such as a visit from a friend or the brand new season of your favourite TV show, the best phrase you can use is non vedo l'ora in Italian. IPA: /nón ve-do lˈo.ra/ The literal translation is I can't see the hour (I'm too impatient to envision the moment) but it translates to I can't wait in English. La settimana prossima esce la nuova … [Read more...] about Italian Phrase of the Week: Non vedo l’ora! (I can’t wait!)
There are many ways to ask a person how he or she is in Italian. Unlike English, there are variations depending on your relationship with the person, or if you're asking a single person versus a group of people. One of the most common phrases is Come stai? where come means how and stai is the second person singular of the verb stare. The latter means to stay but in this case it takes on the … [Read more...] about Italian Phrase of the Week: Come stai? (How are you?)