How to wish good luck in Italian

How to wish good luck in Italian

Italians are very superstitious and, obviously, they have different gestures and expressions they use to ward off bad luck. In a previous article I focused on some objects and gestures that Italians use against bad luck – How to get rid of bad luck – Italian practices. In this article, instead, I’d like to talk about the most common idiomatic expressions to wish good luck in Italian. IN BOCCA AL LUPO In bocca al lupo is one of the most common expressions to wish good luck in Italian. Literally it means in the mouth of the wolf. The origin of…

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Eight Italian sayings about food

Eight Italian saying about food

New year’s Eve is approaching and there’s surely one thing Italians do well that night: eating. But, instead of giving you some recipes you can cook for New year’s Eve, I’m going to teach you some Italian sayings about food. BUONO COME IL PANE Let’s start with the first Italian idiomatic expression related to food: buono come il pane, literally good as bread. In the past, bread was a relatively cheap food that almost everyone could buy. Thus, it’s not strange to discover that Italians have different Italian sayings about food where bread is one of the ingredients. In Italy,…

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Ten Italian insults

Balena - Ten Italian insults

Every language has a wide set of idioms. Idioms, as defined in the Cambridge dictionary, are a group of words in a fixed order that have a particular meaning that is different from the meanings of each word on its own. For example, if I say It looks like the cat’s got your tongue it doesn’t mean that a cat is holding your tongue right now, but it means that you’re silent. So, all these words taken together acquire a whole new meaning, a figurative one. Idioms arise from activities of everyday life, so it’s not surprising that generally the…

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Ten common Italian idioms

Ten Italian idioms

Every language has a wide collection of idioms and sayings. These have usually a figurative meaning. This means that the words forming idioms don’t carry their usual basic meaning but one more complex. To understand an idiom you’ve to know it because, otherwise, its meaning is usually difficult to guess. Italian idioms are so common that Italians use them daily, without even realizing it. Thus, if you’re studying Italian, you’d better learn some of the most common Italian idioms. In this way, can both understand what Italians say, and use the language as Italians do. In my blog, I’ve already…

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