Italian Word of the Day: Spopolare (to depopulate / to be a success)

The most literal translation for the verb spopolare in Italian is to depopulate. Formed from the prefix s- (which in this case denotes a removal or reversal) and the verb popolare (to populate), it is used when a group of people dies or moves away, reducing the population. Learn with our video L’epidemia ha spopolato …

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Italian Word of the Day: Sfarfallare (to flit / to flutter)

The verb sfarfallare is the fusion of the prefix s-, the noun farfalla (butterfly) and the verb ending -are. There are more meanings associated with this word than you might think, so let’s take a look at them now! Learn with our video and podcast Let’s begin with the most literal definition, which is to …

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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: Lavorare (to work)

The verb to work translates as lavorare in Italian. It comes from the Latin verb laborare and shares the same origin as the words labor and laboratory in English. Learn with our video and podcast The video is also available on our YouTube channel. The podcast episode can be found on Podbean, Google Podcast, Apple …

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Italian Word of the Day: Disfare (to undo)

The word disfare in Italian is a combination of the prefix dis- (the equivalent of the English prefix un-) and the verb fare (to do / make). In addition to the verb to undo, which is the most literal translation, there are multiple ways of expressing this word in English, and as always, the surrounding …

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