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.
Exclamation meaning same here /me too / I agree with what you said
- Come ti senti oggi? Alla grande, e tu? Idem!
- Qui c’è un tempo tremendo, da te? Idem!
Exclamation with whom one calls for a replication of a show or a song. Also, the sentence ‘fare il bis’ means repeating something for the second time.
- Quella pasta era così buona che ho fatto il bis!
It is a Latin sentence meaning of its (his, her, or theirs) own kind; something unique or constituting a class alone.
- Un film sui generis
- Un libro sui generis
- Una canzone sui generis
It’s a formula of greeting which is used to wish more success in life. It literally means towards greater things, success, in general, good things.
Simply Thanks to God! Or Grazie a Dio, in Italian.
Very popular (and wise) latin maxim meaning in matters of taste, there can be no dispute or simply tastes differ and one can argue about it.
Ergo is one of my favorite words. It means therefore or dunque, perciò, quindi in Italian and implies a logical conclusion.
- Non c’è più motivo di restare qui, ergo vado via
- Non hai mantenuto la promessa, ergo non ti posso più credere
- La mia azienda mi ha licenziato, ergo cercherò un nuovo lavoro
Latin sentence meaning between you and me or in Italian tra di noi implying a sense of secrecy about the matter that one is talking about.
- Te lo dico, ma che rimanga inter nos!
- Inter nos, non lasciarti perdere quell’affare
Literally meaning at the point of death, in its figurative sense means at the last moment or all’ultimo momento in Italian.
- Abbiamo preso l’aereo in extremis, stavamo per perderlo!
Latin maxim meaning repeating things helps, which is so true when it comes to learning a foreign language!
AVERE UN LAPUS
An idiom you can use when you make an involuntary mistake while writing or speaking. A slip of the mind, in short.
Literally above the sides or simply imperial.
- E’ stato nominato un commissario super partes a tutela dell’azienda.
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