Seven Italian body idioms

Seven Italian body idioms

Italian is a language full of idioms, and many of them are commonly used in everyday situations. This is the case of many Italian body idioms, for example. So, today you’re going to learn seven Italian body idioms. 1. COSTARE UN OCCHIO DELLA TESTA Costare un occhio della testa is the first of the Italian body idioms you’re going to learn today. This expression is used to say that something is extremely expensive. Ex: Che bell’anello! Ti sarà costato un occhio della testa! What a nice ring! It might have cost you an arm and a leg! 2. NON AVERE…

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How to start thinking in Italian

How to start thinking in Italian

How do I start thinking in Italian? This is one of the questions Italian learners sooner or later will ask themselves. Indeed, if you’re or have been a language learner, you have surely noticed that thinking directly in another language can be pretty difficult, especially in the beginning. The most natural and common practice, in fact, is that of translating sentences from your native language to the language you’re learning, not thinking directly in another language. So, how do you start thinking in Italian? Here are some steps that can help you start thinking in Italian. 1. Learn words in…

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Six Italian words with opposite meanings

Six Italian words with opposite meanings

How proficient are you in Italian? Did you know that there are some Italian words with opposite meanings? Nope? Well, today you’ll learn six Italian words with opposite meanings. 1. TIRARE Tirare is a very common Italian verb that carries two opposite meanings. Indeed, tirare can mean both to exert force to move something toward yourself, and to exert force to move something away from yourself. Examples: Se continui a tirare la maniglia, si staccherà If you keep pulling the door handle, it will come off Lucia ha tirato un sasso alla finestra Lucia threw a stone at the window…

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Mud therapy in Italy

Mud therapy in Italy

When you hear the word terme – hot springs – or spa in Italy, you immediately think about relaxation. There are many hot springs and spas in Italy and some of them offer also mud therapy – fangoterapia. As you’ve probably already guessed, mud therapy is based on mud. The mud used is usually a combination of clay, thermal water and micro-organisms, and it’s particularly beneficial for people suffering from arthro-rheumatic inflammatory diseases. According to a study from the University of Padua the use of mud and thermal water relieves the pain caused by these diseases and improves mobility. These…

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How to say I love you in Italian

“How do you say I love you in Italian?” Apparently, this is one of the most googled questions. So, since Saint Valentine’s day is approaching, in today’s article, I’m going to answer this question. But before telling you how to say I love you in Italian, let’s see where the feast of Saint Valentine comes from. SAINT VALENTINE – ORIGINS Everyone knows that Saint Valentine is the patron saint of lovers but few know that he’s also the patron saint of epileptics and beekeepers. But who was St. Valentine? It seems that Saint Valentine was a 3rd century Roman priest.…

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