Italian Word of the Day: Nottambulo (night owl)

If you are a person who is habitually wakeful or active at night, you might receive the nickname nottambulo which is the word for night owl in Italian. In particular, it indicates those who tend to spend the night walking or enjoying themselves in public places. It is a combination of the Latin words nox …

Read more

Italian Word of the Day: Ninnananna (lullaby)

The word for a child’s lullaby or cradle song in Italian is ninnananna (feminine, plural: ninnananne), also spelt as two separate words: ninna nanna. The word is a combination of ninna and nanna, both of which are synonyms for il dormire (sleep). They are generally only appropriate for use with children unless meant in a …

Read more

6 Ways to Say “Goodnight!” in Italian

Knowing how to say goodnight is an important first step when learning Italian, or any language for that matter. Here are six of the most common greetings that Italians use on a daily basis! 1. Buona notte! / Buonanotte! The first way of saying goodnight in Italian that all learners will encounter sooner or later …

Read more

Italian Word of the Day: Cuscino (pillow)

In English, we have two separate terms to describe a cloth bag stuffed with soft material used as a comfortable support. The kind we use to support the head while sleeping or lying down is called a pillow whereas the kind placed on chairs and sofas is called a cushion. In Italian, both are referred …

Read more

Italian Word of the Day: Dormire (to sleep)

The way to say to sleep in Italian is dormire. If you have trouble remembering this word, I find it helps to think of the closely related English term dormitory which, of course, refers to a large bedroom where many people sleep. Because dormire is a regular -ire verb, it conjugates in the following manner: …

Read more

Italian Word of the Day: Letto (bed)

The word for bed in Italian is letto (masculine, plural: letti). It derives from the Latin lectus of the same meaning. Amongst the different kinds of beds in existence, some popular options include the letto singolo (single bed), letto matrimoniale / letto doppio (double bed), divano letto (sofa bed) and my all-time favourite as a …

Read more