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15 Beautiful Italian Words We Need In English

Italian is one of the most beautiful languages ​​in the world. Do you remember this seduction scene in one Fish called Wanda (1988)? Or how Gomez called his beloved Morticia 'Cara Mia' in the Addams Family? All of these drawn out vowels, staccato constants, and melodically rolled R's make even the simplest words sound a lot more romantic. Below is a list of 15 beautiful Italian words we absolutely need in English.

Sprezzatura

More than a word, it was created in the 16th century by Baldassare Castiglione in his book The Courtier. It means a kind of effortless elegance. To really sprezzatura, Be careful not to look like you're trying too hard.

Passeggiata

This word means "to go" - but it is so much more than a late afternoon or evening stroll. This walk is about to see and be seen and that happens in Italy's largest cities and smallest towns. Often there is ice with them.

Passeggiata | Monica Alletto / © Culture trip

Allora

Meaning 'and', 'so' or 'so', this is the most versatile of all filler words. The Italians use a long, drawn out sentence at the beginning of a sentence allora to buy some time when they don't know what to say.

Crepuscolo

Meaning 'twilight'. It makes the ideal Instagram hashtag to describe the perfect shot of the golden or blue hour.

Cucciolo

Baby animal, usually a puppy or a kitten. The double "cc" in Italian is pronounced like "ch" in English, which makes this a wonderful word. It is used as a term of tenderness.

Mozzafiato

This means "breathtaking". This literal word comes from m ozzare and means "cut off" and "chop" and means "breathe". It can be used when talking about a particularly beautiful work of art or a picturesque view.

Mozzafiato | © Culture Trip

Magari

This means "maybe". This word is used as an expression of hope, such as "I wish" or "I hope so".

Boh

This means "who knows". Always said with a dramatic shrug and a frown.

Mamma mia

Yes, Italians really use this declarative phrase in everyday conversation. It is used to express despair, fear, joy, and excitement.

Mama Mia | Monica Alletto / © Culture trip

Impiraressa

This means "pearl stringer", which is mainly used in Venice to describe women who thread tiny glass beads on the island of Murano.

volley

From the Latin to "be good". This word is mainly used in Rome as a greeting and is somewhere between the formal buongiorno / arrivederci and the informal ciao .

Torno subito

Meaning 'back soon'. This will likely be seen on a sign in a shop window. It can mean a break of five minutes to five days.

Torno Subito | Monica Alletto / © Culture trip

Furbo

That means "clever". This is another example of a term that is more of a concept than an adjective and is often used to describe a cunning, cunning act like tax evasion or cutting.

Auguri

Meaning "best wishes". This word is used to say (and sing) happy birthday, as well as to say Merry Christmas and Happy Easter.

Figurati

Meaning of 'imagine'. Imagine the technical translation of this word but you will hear it as "my pleasure" or "don't worry".

Daje

Meaning "come on!" The Roman version of the Italian word dai is spoken in two elongated syllables, almost always in a call.


Author: Tom Mills

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