Italian idioms with the verb prendere

If you love Italian idioms, here’s a new article for you. Today you’re going to learn six Italian idioms you can form using the verb prendere. 1. Prendere per il naso The Italian idiom prendere per il naso literally means to take by the nose. Idiomatically, it’s used when you want to say that someone cheated someone else out or that someone was making fun of someone else. Examples a. L’hanno preso per il naso facendogli credere che aveva vinto un premio They made fun of him making him believe that he had won a price b. L’ha presa per…

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How to spend a wonderful holiday in Italy: respect all the bans

How to spend a wonderful holiday in Italy: respect all the bans

If you want to spend a wonderful holiday in Italy, you’d better read this article first. Indeed, Italy can be a beautiful land but many cities, usually the most famous ones, are full of bans you have to respect if you dont wan’t to end up getting a fine. Let’s see some of them. 1. Wear a swimsuit The first think you don’t want to do to spend a wonderful holiday in Italy is to wear a swimsuit. Yes, you got it right! In some Italian cities, such as Rome and Venice, you’ll get a 250 euros fine if police…

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Italian idiomatic expressions with the verb andare

Italian idiomatic expressions with the verb andare

It’s always useful to know some Italian idiomatic expressions if you want to impress people with your command of the Italian language. So, today I’m going to explain eight Italian idiomatic expressions with the verb andare. 1. Non andare giù When you don’t like a situation or you can’t stand it, you can use the Italian idiomatic expression andare giù. Ex: Questa situazione proprio non mi va giù I don’t like this situation 2. Andare a ruba An item va a ruba when there’s so much demand for it, that it’s always flying off the shelves. Ex: L’ultimo modello della…

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How to spend a memorable holiday in Italy: avoid getting a fine

How to spend a memorable holiday in Italy: avoid getting a fine

Italy is one of the most visited European countries. However, when you get there, you may learn at your own cost that there are lots of bans, especially in major cities. So, if you want to spend a memorable holiday in Italy, you’d better know at least some of the things you shouldn’t do if you want to avoid getting a fine. 1. Stealing sand, rocks, and shells The first thing you should know to spend a memorable holiday in Italy – without getting a fine – is that you can’t steal sand, rocks and shells. This ban applies in…

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Have you ever heard the word figurati in Italian? (Part 2)

Have you ever heard the word figurati in Italian? (Part 2)

Figurati is a very used Italian expression that can have different meanings. In this article you’re going to learn four uses of the word figurati. If you want to read all the other meanings of the Italian word figurati, please read The different meanings of the Italian verb figurarsi (Part 1). Figurati comes from the infinitive figurarsi. The verb figurarsi in Italian is used mainly in the second singular person – figurati – in the first plural person – figuriamoci – and in the second plural person – figuratevi. Finally, the verb figurarsi is used also in the polite form…

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