How to compliment to somebody in Italian

If you want to compliment someone on their achievements, you can say: (Che) Bravo! Good job! Bravissimo! Excellent job! If you want to compliment somebody in the specific circumstances like a wedding or graduation or a promotion at work, you can easily say: Congratulazioni! Congratulations! Complimenti! Congratulations! You might want to add depending on the context:[…]

Fermare & Smettere: what’s the difference?

I often notice my students misusing the verbs fermare and smettere, and I understand that the confusion comes from the fact that both verbs are translated into English with to stop. In Italian fermare and smettere are used differently, depending on the nature of the action they are stopping. Let’s see how to use them[…]

Using the Italian adjectives BELLO & QUELLO

Everybody knows that quello means ‘that’ and bello means ‘nice or beautiful,’ however now and then you might have read or listened to the forms ‘quegli/begli’, quei/bei, quel/bel. How come? Let’s start from quello You should be able to distinguish when quello is used as a pronoun (replacing a noun) and when used as adjective[…]

5 things you need to know about Possessives in Italian

1. Key differences with English In English possessives are never used with articles. However, in Italian, they are always accompanied with articles (except for some cases discussed below). The possessive agrees in gender and number with the nouns they are proceeding la mia borsa il mio libro la sua ragazza il suo lavoro 2. When are the[…]

How to find the perfect online Italian tutor

I love learning languages solo, or at least I used to be. These days with my busy schedule I find it harder and harder finding the time and the focus to concentrate on language learning on my own. Currently, I have been studying Portuguese and Russian and hiring online tutors for both languages. The main[…]

12 Latin words (and sentences) used in spoken Italian

By most measures, in the Romance language family, Italian is the closest language to Latin. Many Latin words and even some entire Latin phrases have become so naturalized in Italian that we use them, in full, without a second thought. By learning them your Italian will sound more natural and fancier. Idem Exclamation meaning ‘same[…]

GIORNO and GIORNATA: how to use them

Today I decided to write about something that I am very often asked by my students: the difference between the words giorno e giornata  and how to use them. Giorno and giornata are essentially synonyms, with slight differences of usage. Giornata is used when referring to the approximate duration of the day from morning to[…]

Canzoni Italiane: Vita Spericolata di Vasco Rossi (livello A2)

Vita spericolata è una  famose canzone scritta da Vasco Rossi  e  presentata per la prima volta nel 1983 al XXXIII Festival di Sanremo (Festival della Canzone Italiana) È una delle canzoni italiane più conosciute dai giovani italiani e una delle canzoni più rappresentative del rock italiano. Il brano, nella sua prima stesura, doveva essere  dedicato ad[…]

6 modi di dire con il mare

  Avere un mare di cose da fare – to have a million things to do Non riesco a venire alla riunione domani, ho un mare di cose da fare. Cercare per mari e per monti – to search for something in every possibile place Abbiamo cercato per mare e per monti la tua borsa,[…]

Le tradizioni di Natale in Italia

Le famiglie italiane in genere tirano fuori l’albero di Natale durante la prima settimana di dicembre e lo mettono via il 6 gennaio.   Agli italiani piace decorare la propria casa con addobbi e decorazioni natalizi.   Molti italiani mettono una ghirlanda sulla porta di casa.   Abete a parte, esiste un pianta tipica del[…]

Beato me! Beati loro! Che significa?

Cosa significa beati loro? Beato è un aggettivo che indica o una persona che prova una perfetta felicità o la buona sorte di qualcuno. Beato lui che va ogni mese in vacanza! – How lucky he is to go on vacation every month! Massimo ha lasciato il suo lavoro in banca e adesso vive beato[…]

La preposizione semplice ”DA”

The Italian preposition DA means most of times from, but it is also used  with different meaning, such as: since/for, to, at etc… DA is typically used to express: Time, together with an indicative tense and a period of time: example: verb + DA + period of time Da quanto tempo studi l’italiano? Studio l’italiano[…]

10 useful Italian expressions you will not find in textbooks

No matter you are new to the beauty of the Italian language or you have already spent several years  studying it,  these 10 useful slang expressions,  you would hardly find in a textbook of Italian, will help you to speak Italian more like a native than ever before.   1.Va bene  Va bene is the italianization[…]


  L’amore non è bello, se non è litigarello There is no equivalent in English, altough I found out that Shakespeare would have said ‘The course of true love never did run smooth‘. The above Italian proverb pretends to ease the tension after a little quarrel by objecting that a relationship can’t be completely ‘bella’ (or[…]