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Lovely Italian Words

Grand Canal- Venice Italy

Many of you know that I had taken some Italian lessons at the beginning of the year.  You can read more about that here and here.

Needless to say, we have been lax in our studies, but Italian is never far from my mind or my heart.

I consider Italian one of, if not the most beautiful language in the world.  C’mon, fess up – you do too!

Here are some more words to add to the growing list that prove my point.

coccoodrillo—crocodile

attraversiamo—to cross over

sensuale—sensual

telefonino—cell phone

lussuoso—luxurious

girasole—sunflower

pipistrello—bat

pomodoro—tomato

dimmi—tell me

So, now it’s your turn.  Tell me, what are some of your favorite words  in Italian?
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    jessica
    January 5th, 2009

    Boh is def my favorite Italian word and my most used word. It a catch all! If I don’t understand “boh”, if I don’t know “boh” what do you think “boh”. My husband and I even thought about naming our future kid Bo so we could do the whole “who’s on first routine” Italian style.

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    Scintilla
    January 5th, 2009

    ‘stravolta’- more or less ‘overwhelmed’ in a negative way.
    Eg:’Sono stravolta’ is a typical saying of mine when I’ve worked my way through maddening crowds !

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    LuLu
    January 5th, 2009

    Here are a few…you hear them and they make you smile! :)
    tesoro ~ treasure
    carina ~ pretty
    bambolina ~ doll
    amore ~ love

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    somepinkflowers
    January 5th, 2009

    Siamo andiamo felici di vederlo nel nostro paese bello!
    which i think means—->
    ~~~We are so happy to see you HERE
    in our lovely country!~~~ :-)
    well,
    i have only heard that said a few times
    but
    still…
    what could be better?
    {{ if it does NOT mean that,
    well,
    never mind……. }}

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    Cathy
    January 5th, 2009

    Ahhhhhhh, the language of love, I really want to learn more about it since I already speak French and Creole
    Since my last trip to Venice, i’ve always had this urge to speak Italian and learn more about the culture

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    My Melange
    January 5th, 2009

    Keep me posted on that kid naming thing, that would be funny indeed!

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    My Melange
    January 5th, 2009

    Thanks for the new word. I betcha I can use that one often

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    My Melange
    January 5th, 2009

    carina and amore are my favs. I reeeally like Ti amo too!

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    My Melange
    January 5th, 2009

    Well, that totally would make me happy if someone in Italy spoke those words to me :) Listen up all you expats!!

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    My Melange
    January 5th, 2009

    Cathy, you are so not alone. I think you would be a shoe in for learning Italian :)

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    poppy fields
    January 6th, 2009

    Dammi soldi…LOL! I overheard a woman saying this to her husband in Venice and asked my husband what it meant. He told me I didn’t need to know :)

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    My Melange
    January 6th, 2009

    So, what happens in Venice…stays in Venice? I like that!

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    nan
    January 6th, 2009

    lucertola – lizzard
    papavero – poppy
    pallacanestro – gym
    chiacchierare – to chat
    Lucertola is my fav, tho’.

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    Merisi
    January 6th, 2009

    Bravissima! :-)
    Buon anno nuovo
    e tanti bei viaggio nel 2009!
    Some of my favorite Italian expressions (of frustration, in that case): “Più verde non si può!”
    (the traffic light turns green and you do not get moving immediately, this is what you may hear from the ragazzo/a behind you: “It doesn’t get any greener!” :-)

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    Merisi
    January 6th, 2009

    “One” (instead of “some”) of my favorite Italian …
    Sorry!

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    My Melange
    January 6th, 2009

    Great list Nan! Chiacchierare is a fav that I was planning for another post. That one is *extra special* And the descriptive form of the word could be used to describe me at times…chatty!

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    My Melange
    January 6th, 2009

    *as she laughs out loud*, “doesn’t get any greener”…Oh, that is good! Love it.

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    michelle of bleeding espresso
    January 9th, 2009

    My favorite Italian word is amore or, alternately, the shortened form (Amò!), which is what Paolo calls me :)

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    My Melange
    January 9th, 2009

    Well, I can see why that would be your favorite then :)

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    Erica
    January 14th, 2009

    Don’t forget
    Bon giorno, Principessa! (Sorry for my bad spelling, lol.)
    Hello, princess, in other words. It’s from my favorite movie. Life Is Beautiful.

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    My Melange
    January 14th, 2009

    How could I forget??!! I loved that movie as well- and love how Roberto used to say that to her every morning. When I didn’t know much Italian- this is exactly what I would repeat saying over and over!!
    Thanks Erica :)

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    Paolo
    January 21st, 2009

    HI I’m Paolo an italian Guy and one of the thousand Michelle friends, living in the deep south of Italy….do you know Lecce? I live around there, anyway I’m writing to let you know the real traslation of your phrase….”We are so happy to see you Here in our lovely country…..it means: “Siamo molto felici di vederti nel nostro (amorevole) bel paese.
    P.s. I’m glad you like our language.

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    My Melange
    January 21st, 2009

    Thank you so much for the translation!!!! And I *love* your language!! Michelle’s friends are welcome here, anytime!!!

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    somepinkflowers
    January 21st, 2009

    ciao, paolo.
    no
    i do not YET know lecce,
    {{ in the heel, i think }}
    but i am in love with lucca
    and bike riding around the top of the wall there
    and hiking in the cinque terra.
    aaahh… :-)
    i cannot help myself with loving italy
    and have High Hopes of going there
    again this May
    where i hope to learn more italian.
    thank~you ever~so for your lessons.

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    amy
    February 5th, 2009

    faccio castelli in aria :)

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    Gervase
    February 5th, 2009

    Some of my favorites are:
    Buongiorno
    Per me é lo stesso (“Doesn’t matter to me.” I just like how it sounds.)
    Figurati
    Magari

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    My Melange
    February 6th, 2009

    Thanks for your list of favs. Isn’t Italian beautiful?

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    My Melange
    February 6th, 2009

    Bellisima :)

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    Giuseppe
    February 6th, 2009

    The correct spell is “coccodrillo”, not “crocodillo”
    Giuseppe

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    My Melange
    February 6th, 2009

    Guiseppe,
    Thanks for the correction on my typo. Sometimes my fingers don’t do what my brain tells them too :)
    Grazie Mille :)

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    Giuseppe
    February 18th, 2009

    prego, non c’è di che :-)

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    My Melange
    February 19th, 2009

    Grazie, Giuseppe!
    xo

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    ciao!
    September 8th, 2010

    Ciao, I found your post while I was surfing the web…I’m from Italia, and the first comment was very funny ! The girl that was asking what “BOH!” means. In Italia we used it “a a lot ” ( un sacco!) when we don’t know what to say or what to do or we don’t know nothing about what’s happening or the like. For example:
    Che fai sto pomeriggio= what do u do this afternoon?
    Boh , non l’ho ancora deciso! = Boh, I didn’t decide it yet
    or
    Guarda là, che cosa stanno facendo quei due?= look there. what that two people are doing down there?
    Boh , non ci vedo mica fino a lì / or maybe : boh , manco li conosco quelli != boh, I don’t see till there/ boh , I dont know them!
    Boh is very useful word cause u can use it for a lot of situations. Another one is Mah but this one usually express doubts:
    Che fai oggi ? = what do u do today
    Mah… ( just like considering bymyself some options) vedremo… we’ll see later
    Another little italian word for greeting friends (and I use it sempre) is “Uè!” ( read it like OUHEEH ,the “e” is like in “when”) and is a different Ciao but you have to say it with a lot of surprise in your voice just like it ‘s years that you don’t see your friends. I like it is very joyous. Ciao a tutti quanti e a presto!

    Mille Grazie for sharing all of this Italian langugage knowledge with us!

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    Vinnie
    November 5th, 2010

    “chiacchierare” (to chat) gee, I never use it or thought of it as an euphanistic verb, just a more (derogatory) noun to describe gossipy old ladies “chiacchirone”

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    ren
    April 21st, 2011

    delizioso
    penso di lei

    I love Italian words too

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    Özgür Develi
    November 10th, 2011

    There are two very beautiful words:

    * il pulcino –> chick (a young chicken)
    * la particella —> particle

    “Pulcino” is quite cute :)
    and “particella” is very beautiful !

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    Özgür Develi
    November 10th, 2011

    One more beautiful word:

    * la stella : star

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    Cappuccino&Baguette
    January 18th, 2012

    Read all these comments for an Italian is funny and a little weird. But it is nice to see that you know some words of our language (I know to learn italian, especially for Anglophones, is very difficult) and that is so much appreciated, thanks. =)

    Personally I live in France and I think that french is a language complicated (as italian), but really wonderful!

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    J.
    January 27th, 2012

    Cappuccino&Baguette –

    Is it really so weird? I often make lists of English words I love — and English is my native language! In any language, some words are just wonderful to say. (For example, “superfluous” is one of my favorite English words. I love how it sounds, how it feels to say it.)

    That being said, I can understand where you’re coming from.

    And to chime in: I *really* love the word “vorrei” as said by a native Italian speaker. I listen to a couple Italian singers/bands, and it always makes me happy to hear it. I think it’s just the combination of the two rolled r’s. It’s a sound I can’t make no matter how hard I try, and it’s a really fun sound.

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    Yulissa
    January 28th, 2012

    chiacchierare (to chat) IS definetly my favorite italian word I just love the sound when saying it

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    Ilaria
    June 27th, 2012

    I studied Italian for two years at university, and promptly mixed it into a charming stew with French, German, and Swedish. My brain is all muddled. Che pazzo!

    pazzo da legare = totally crazy
    che rottura di palle = you’re breaking my balls (oh, ha ha!)
    troppo scollato = too low cut, as in one of my dresses that scandalizes my mother
    fratello = brother

    And I love the song Solo3min by the Italian band Negramaro; I can almost feel July sunshine in Siena when I sing along. :) How sentimental – forgive me.

    ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgaDVyDFdgc <- Solo3min )

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    January 11th, 2014

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    Danica
    April 27th, 2014

    Lovers of beauty– both spoken and unspoken ;) — please, a little help? What is the finest, most romantic, most delicious way to say (Italian and French):

    “little parcels of heaven”

    Imagine you are talking about a newborn baby or some other gift of priceless, inestimable beauty, just like Italian and French :)

    Thank you, friends.

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