Six words that change meaning in informal Italian

Six words that change meaning in informal Italian

In Italian there are many common words that carry one meaning in standard Italian and another one in informal Italian. So, let’s see six words that change meaning in informal Italian. 1. PALLA Palla can have different meanings in standard Italian. However, one of the most common is ball. a. Giochiamo a palla Let’s paly ball Instead, in informal Italian palla can mean at least two things. It can mean boring, and it can mean lie. b. E’ davvero una palla! He’s really boring! c. Quindi Marco mi ha detto una palla. Non era a casa con l’influenza! So, Marco…

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Italian games for children to play outside (Part 2)

Italian games for children to play outside

For children playing outside is the perfect way to make new friends. There are many games your children can play outside with other children in Italy – have a look also at Playing outside – Italian games for children (Part 1). Let’s see some of them.   IL LUPO MANGIA-FRUTTA Il lupo mangia-frutta, literally the wolf who eats fruit, is one of the many games your children can play outside with 5 or more friends. Before starting the game, children decide who’s gonna play the wolf, and a safe area – una casa. Once they’ve decided, the wolf stands in…

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Renting a car in Italy – Useful sentences

Renting a car in Italy

What if you are in Italy and decide to rent a car to visit small Italian villages? The majority of car rentals in big cities generally have employees who speak English. So you usually don’t need to worry about your knowledge of Italian when renting a car in Italy. However, just in case, I’m going to list here some of the most useful Italian sentences you can use when renting a car in Italy. ENTERING A CAR RENTAL IN ITALY When entering a car rental in Italy you usually get right to the point: Buongiorno, vorrei noleggiare una macchina Hello,…

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Four of the most ancient ruins in Italy

Four of the most ancient ruins in Italy

In Italy there are many interesting historical ruins to see, the Colosseum is only one of the most famous ones. So, today I’d like to talk about four of the most ancient ruins in Italy you probably didn’t know they existed and that you can visit. 1. SELINUNTE The first of the most ancient ruins in Italy are those of Selinunte. Selinunte was an ancient Greek city in Sicily dating back between 628 and 654 BCE. Its ruins can now be seen in Castelvetrano. The archeological site includes many temples and fortifications, a sanctuary and the necropoleis. Only few ruins…

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Let’s speak Italian at the supermarket

Italian at the supermarket

If you’ve spent a medium-long period of time in Italy, I’m pretty sure that you have entered a supermarket. If you don’t speak Italian very well, shopping in a supermarket in Italy can be scary. Indeed, everything in supermarkets is written in Italian and if you decide to ask for help, you’ll soon realize that the majority of people understand Italian only. However, with just a few tips you’ll start to speak Italian at the supermarket without any problem. So, today you’re going to learn some useful words and sentences so you can speak Italian at the supermarket without problems.…

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