Word of the Day

Expression of the Day: Non vedo l'ora

If you translate literally non vedo l’ora (noh-n vai-doh l’oh-rah), it doesn’t make much sense. What could “not being able to see the time” possibly...

Word of the Day: Fervore

I wonder how many people are familiar with the Italian word fervore ( fair-voh-reh), easily recognizable as the English “fervor.” Fervore comes from...

Word of the Day: Coraggio

If there is one thing people have been showing these days, that’d be coraggio (coh-rah-djoh). Its meaning is simple, because the Italian sounds and...

Word of the Day: Allegria

Allegria! (Ahl-lai-gree-ah) means fun, gaiety, cheerfulness. Italians are known to be gente allegra, cheerful people, and it shows especially in hard...

Word of the Day: Vittoria

Vittoria (Vit-toh-ree-ah) is one of those words you recognize in all languages. Victory in English, victoire in French, victoria in Spanish, never...

Word of the Day: Speranza

Speranza (spe-rahn-zah), what a beautiful word. It means “hope” and it comes from the Latin spes, a noun of the fifth declension, one that kids in...

Expression of the Day: Buona Forchetta

I believe that when someone says you are a buona forchetta you should take it as a compliment. In the end, why wouldn’t you? To be a buona forchetta...

Word of the day: Subito

Subito (soo-bee-toh) means “soon, “now,” or “immediately.” It is used in a variety of very common expressions so learning how to use it can be very...

Word of the day: pazzo

Pazzo (pah-tsoh) means crazy, and you’d be crazy to think it’s not a popular word. It comes from the word pazzia , a noun as poetic as it is...

Word of the Day: Basta

Basta (bah.stah) is one of those words that change their meaning depending on the voice intonation you choose. A peremptory “Basta!" is a strong...

Word of the Day: Cioè

Cioè (tcho-eh) is one of Italy’s most common intercalari, those words we like to throw here and there while we talk, but hey! It has a real meaning,...

Word of the Day: Pantofolaio

The Fall is, without a doubt, the favorite season for a pantofolaio (pahn-toh-foh-lah-ee-oh), because they can do what they prefer, without being...

Word of the Day: Cavolo

Cavolo! (cah-voh-loh) is one of those words you often don’t know whether you can or cannot say in public. When you were a child, your mom likely...

Word of the Day: Fannullone

If they tell you sei un fannullone (pronounced fahn-nool-loh-neh) you should either reconsider the people you hang with or your work ethics. While...

Word of the Day: Aspetta

Aspetta! What do you really know about the word aspetta? Well, we certainly know that aspetta (ah-speht-tah) comes from a mix of two Latin words,...