A nation of crazy cat ladies. 7 untranslatable Italian words.

Miranda Lee

Miranda Lee

Hi, I'm Miranda! I studied French and Spanish at university and have spent time working in both France and South America. I spent last summer road-tripping Europe on a vintage double decker bus, to meet and film native speakers all over the continent! My next big language challenge is to learn Mandarin.
Miranda Lee

If we thought that Spain was all about sleeping, chilling out with friends and eating well, it’s actually Italy which pips the Spaniards to the post, and the language tells it all. From lazy walks to lounging on the sofa, from snoozing in the shade to snacking on free food, it’s no wonder the Italians are so happy!

Let’s take a look at seven truly Italian turns of phrase and what they tell us about the loud, fiery, pasta-loving romantics. Those of you who’ve visited or lived in Italy before will already be familiar with the first word on our list…

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Learn Italian: Top 10 Everyday Italian Idioms

Johnny Ridd

Johnny Ridd

Johnny is Co-Founder of JabbaJabba. He's lived in Beijing, Seoul and currently calls London home - as he ever will. He speaks middling (but rapidly improving!) Mandarin; but is determined to keep improving in a world that doesn't always make it that easy to (that's why he set up JabbaJabba!). Loves coffee, travel and expanding his horizons.
Johnny Ridd

Italian idioms. Sometimes colourful, sometimes funny and sometimes serious; idioms are a great way to get into the Italian language. These Italian idioms are designed to give you a bit of an insight into Italian culture and society. Used correctly and idioms give a real sense of being fluent in another language. They’re also just quite fun!

Get the most out of these Italian Idioms

We’ve collated a few of the most useful Italian Idioms. We’ve had a native speaker (one of our Language Gurus) record each one of them for you.

Listen carefully to each recording. Record yourself saying the same phrase or word out loud. Go back and listen to the original and keep going! Before you know it, you’ll be able to start chatting to a native speaker. Most important of, you’ll be able to start doing things in Italian. You’ll be using the language; not studying it.

What do you make of our top ten Italian idioms? Any we missed?

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Learn Italian: use these phrases to get you speaking Italian from day one

Johnny Ridd

Johnny Ridd

Johnny is Co-Founder of JabbaJabba. He's lived in Beijing, Seoul and currently calls London home - as he ever will. He speaks middling (but rapidly improving!) Mandarin; but is determined to keep improving in a world that doesn't always make it that easy to (that's why he set up JabbaJabba!). Loves coffee, travel and expanding his horizons.
Johnny Ridd

Learn Italian: Focus on what you’ll actually use

Have you ever wanted to learn Italian? Perhaps you’re planning on going to Italy on holiday this summer and would like a few useful phrases up your sleeve? Or maybe you’ve been meaning to start learning Italian for a while now but haven’t gotten around to it?

Whatever the reason, if you want to learn Italian, this post is for you.

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