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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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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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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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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The different meanings of the Italian verb figurarsi (Part 1)

The different meanings of the Italian verb figurarsi (Part 1)

Figurarsi is one of those Italian words that is widely used in Italian and that can have different meanings. Let’s see all of them. 1. You’re welcome; don’t mention it One of the different meanings of the verb figurarsi is you’re welcome. So, it’s used to reply to someone that says grazie – thank you – to you. Examples a. + Grazie del consiglio. – Figurati! + Thank you for the advice. – You’re welcome/don’t mention it! b. + Grazie del passaggio. – Figurati + Thank you for the lift. – You’re welcome/don’t mention it! 2. Emphasis Another use of…

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