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6 top Italian phrases that make you sound more Italian

Updated: 20 hours ago


Today we want to be sophisticated and (why not) we'd like to share with you some beautiful and useful expressions that we introduce to our pre-intermediate students and that will make you sound more Italian... Promesso!

1- IN BOCCA AL LUPO!

Translated in english perhaps doesn't really make sense ( In the mouth of the wolf!), but Italians use this expression to wish good luck!

Esempio: A- Domani ho un esame difficile... B- ah..Allora in bocca al lupo!

2- SALUTE!

Someone sneezes and you say "Salute!". It means "Health!".

Italians also say "Salute" before they drink a glass of wine or beer with friends. In this case "Salute" means "Cheers".

3-MACCHÈ!

Very interesting and frequent expression!

This word expresses a strong disbelief. It's a decisive way to say "Of course not".

Esempio: A- Tu sei un bravo attore? B- Macchè!

4- ACQUA IN BOCCA!

This is another very popular expression, which means "Water in the mouth!"

If you tell a secret to someone, then make sure to remind this person to keep "water in the mouth", so that he can't say it to anybody else.

Esempio: A- Secondo te Fabio è bello? B- Si! Ma acqua in bocca.....!

5- BASTA!

This is the most common way to say "Enough!" or "Stop it!"

Esempio: A- Ora vorrei mangiare una pizza.... B- Basta mangiare!

6- ECCOME!

The literal translation means "and how!", however in Italian is used to emphasise the fact that you like something very much or that you do something very often.

Esempio: A- Ti piace la pasta? B- Eccome!

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