When you’ve been learning and speaking a language for a long time there are certain words and phrases that stick out and embed themselves in your everyday life. Italian is such a beautiful language, it just sounds so lovely and flows off the tongue so well, two of the reasons I wanted to learn it. For this blog post I’ve picked five Italian words/phrases that stand out for me.
1. Fruittivendolo – Greengrocer
This is a bit of a random choice of word to start off with but back when I was first learning Italian, teaching myself before I started my university course, I was learning all the basic phrases you might need if you are a tourist and I just fell in love with this word. The intonation and the way it feels when you say it, it just made me smile 🙂
2. Dai – Come on
This word has made it’s way into my everyday vocabulary even in an English setting. I say it when I’m trying to get the boys out the house on time in a morning. I shout it when I’m in the car and get road rage. Normally it’s accompanied by a face and a hand gesture or a stroppy movement!
3. Mangiare – To eat
This is the verb but this word is used in a few forms in our house. The everyday question “Cosa mangiamo sta sera?” What are we eating tonight?, “Mangia!” “Eat!” when the boys are taking forever to eat their dinner. “Cos’avete mangiato a scuola oggi?” “What have you eaten at school today?” When you live with an Italian, life revolves around meal times!
4. Porca Miseria
There are many translations for this phrase which you can read here. Most of them are quite strong and would be considered swearing. The Collins dictionary says that porca miseria means “bloody hell” but Matteo says it isn’t so strong and would liken it to “flippin heck”. He uses it all the time and I suppose we consider it a safe phrase to use in front of the boys when you need to swear!
5. Amore – Love
Here I am referring to this noun being used as a term of endearment. Ever since we have been together Matteo and I have called each other “Amo” or “More” and he and his parents and sister call the boys “Amore” when they speak to them or in answer to a question eg. “Si amore!” “Yes darling”.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post, it’s great to be linking up again for the #dolcevitabloggers linky after a couple of months away. Don’t forget to head over to see the favourite words/phrases posts from Kelly at italianatheart.com, Jasmine at questadolcevita.com and Kristie at mammaprada.com
You can see my previous Dolce Vita Bloggers post here.