Italian Word of the Day: Camminare (to walk)

The verb to walk in English usually translates as camminare in Italian. It derives from the noun cammino (walk, journey) which entered the language from the Latin camminus. Learn with our video Camminare is a regular-first conjugation verb finishing with -are, which means it conjugates in the following manner in the present tense: io camminoI …

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Italian Word of the Day: Clacson (car horn)

Today’s word of the day is clacson, which is the word for horn, or more specifically, car horn in Italian. Now, you may be thinking to yourself that clacson doesn’t look very Italian, and you’d be right. This is because it comes from the English word klaxon, a type of electromechanical horn or alerting device …

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Italian Word of the Day: Volare (to fly)

The verb for to fly in Italian is volare, which derives from the Latin verb of the same spelling. Below is how you would conjugate volare in the present tense: Io volo(I fly) Tu voli(You fly – informal) Lui vola(He flies) Lei vola(She flies) Lei vola(You fly – formal) Noi voliamo(We fly) Voi volate(You fly …

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Italian Word of the Day: Treno (train)

The word for train in Italian is, you guessed it, treno (masculine, plural: treni). It entered the language via the French word train, which in turn comes from the verb traîner meaning to drag. Some common verbs you will see used with treno include: andare in treno = to go by train viaggiare in treno …

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Italian Word of the Day: Macchina (machine / car )

The words machine in English and macchina (feminine, plural: macchine) in Italian both derive from the Latin “machina”, which in turn comes from the Greek “mekhos” meaning contrivance. Both refer to a mechanical apparatus with several parts, which together perform a particular task. Hanno costruito una macchina complicata con semplici materiali domestici. They built a …

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Italian Word of the Day: Barca (boat)

The Italian word for boat, which is barca (feminine, plural: barche), derives from the Latin term of the same spelling. There are many different types of boats in existence, the most common of which include: barca a remi = rowboat barca a vela = sailboat barca a motore = motorboat barca a vapore = steamboat …

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