The uses of the Italian verb scherzare

The uses of the Italian verb scherzare

Ma che scherzi? Davvero non conosci la parola scherzare? That’s a pity because the Italian verb scherzare has many uses in Italian, and it’s one of the words Italians use pretty often. So, today I’m going to teach you the uses of the Italian verb scherzare. 1. To play cheerfully The first meaning of the Italian verb scherzare is to play cheerfully. Ex: I bambini scherzavano nel prato con il cane The children played with the dog in the lawn 2. To be kidding If you said something to someone just for fun and you didn’t really mean what you…

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Three Italian titles to read this Winter

Three Italian titles to read this Winter

Two weeks ago I talked about some Italian movies you can watch during incredibly cold Winter days, when you’re not willing to go out and don’t know what else to do. If movies aren’t really your thing, and you prefer reading, today I’m suggesting you three Italian titles you can find and read. 1. La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa is a book written by Dacia Maraini and published in 1990. This book is set in the 18th century in Sicily and tells the story of Marianna. She is the daughter of an aristocratic…

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Four Italian words that carry opposite meanings

Four Italian words that carry opposite meanings

Did you know that in Italian there are some words that carry opposite meanings? It’s as if the same word could mean both black and white. Confusing? Well, not so much if you can grasp the right meaning from the context. Let’s see four Italian words that carry opposite meanings and some examples of their usage. 1. AVANTI Avanti is an Italian word that can mean two opposite things. In fact, avanti can indicate something that happens after a particular date, time, event, etc. Ex: D’ora in avanti niente più bugie From now on no more lies However, avanti can…

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Anzi, appunto, comunque, incredibly common Italian words

Anzi, appunto, comunque, incredibly common Italian words

When you want to master a language, it’s important that you start using words Italians use daily. So, I thought it was a good idea to list all the meanings of three incredibly common Italian words: anzi, appunto, comunque. 1. Anzi The incredibly common Italian word anzi has two main meanings as a conjunction. a. Anzi can be used to say that something is the opposite of what has just been stated, or that you feel or think the opposite of what has just been stated. Ex: No, non ho freddo, anzi, stranamente oggi sto morendo di caldo No, I’m…

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Italian words of the day – addirittura and appena

Italian words of the day – addirittura and appena

If you have one or more Italian friends, you have surely noticed that there are some Italian words that Italians use quite often. Sometimes understanding the meaning and use of these words is pretty simple, some others not so much. So, here are the Italian words of the day you should learn to use. 1. Addirittura The first of the two Italian words of the day you should learn is addirittura. Addirittura is one of those Italian words that can cause some problems at first because it can be translated in different ways in English according to the context in…

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