Italian Phrase: Ciao, amore mio! (Hello, my love!)

Today is Valentine’s Day, known in Italian as la Festa di San Valentino or la festa degli innamorati (lit. the feast of people in love), and what better way to celebrate than by learning a common romantic Italian greeting. Ciao, amore mio! Hello, my love!Hi, my love! Let’s break it down into its component parts: …

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Italian Word of the Day: Amato (beloved / loved)

Amato is an adjective in Italian that means beloved or loved. It is the past participle of the verb amare (to love). Because it is an adjective, the ending must match the gender and number of the subject in question: amato = masculine, singular (e.g. ragazzo amato = beloved boy) amata = feminine, singular (e.g. …

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Italian Phrase: Ho una cotta per te. (I have a crush on you.)

Each and every one of us has experienced a colossal crush at some point in our lives. Sometimes they are short-lived, other times those feelings may never really leave us despite the passing of the years. Whether you are currently infatuated with someone, or just curious to expand your vocabulary, you may be interested to …

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Italian Word of the Day: Coccola (cuddle)

One of the sweetest words in the Italian language is coccola (feminine), which is how you’d say cuddle or snuggle. An interesting fact about this word is that it usually appears in its plural form coccole. Ai bambini piccoli piacciono molto le coccole. Young children like cuddles a lot. When not referring to a sweet …

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Italian Word of the Day: Abbraccio (hug)

Would you consider yourself the “huggy” type? Then you will love today’s word of the day! The word for hug in Italian is abbraccio (masculine, plural: abbracci). It derives from the verbs abbracciare (to hug) and abbracciarsi (to hug one another), which in turn come from the word braccio meaning arm. One way of saying …

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