The top most useful Italian words in english

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In today’s post, we’re going to talk about the most useful words in the Italian language and their meanings in English.

We’ll also teach you words that are similar to English, and others that are similar but mean something completely different.

Finally, we’ll teach you some beautiful Italian words in English.

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Useful Italian words

The Italian language is made up of hundreds of thousands of words — while it is hard to determine a specific number, some experts have estimated it to be between 160,000 and 260,000!

A number like this is intimidating for Italian learners. How is it possible for someone to learn 260,000 words in a foreign language?

But don’t be afraid! Only roughly 7,000 of these terms are spoken by Italians during the course of their lives, and only about 1,000 are used on a daily basis.

In this post, I’ll show you the most important Italian words you should know if you want to improve your Italian learning.

Common Italian words in English

Let’s start with the most common Italian words.

Here’s a list of the most useful Italian words:

cosa

thing

anno

year

uomo

man

donna

woman

giorno

day

casa

home

tempo

time

pease

country, town

parola

word

padre

father

madre

mother

acqua

water

Useful Italian words

Italian words into English: translation

Here’s a list of other common Italian words with their translations:

modo

way

lavoro

work

vita

life

strada

street

figlio/ figlia

son/ daughter

nome

name

gente

people

città

city

sera

evening

testa

head

festa

party

fiore

flower

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Italian words similar to English

Here’s a list of Italian words similar to English:

momento

moment

storia

story/ history

voce

voice

aria

air

famiglia

family

persona

person

governo

government

prodotto

product

natura

nature

importante

important

esperienza

experience

movimento

movement

causa

cause

ufficio

office

Italian words similar to English

False friends in English and Italian

False friends are words in two different languages that sound or look very similar or even the same but have completely different meanings.

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It’s important for you to start getting used to these words, otherwise, you might be involved in an awkward situation.

  • argomento vs argument:

argomento

topic

discussione

argument

  • eventualmente vs eventually:

eventualmente

possibly, if need be

finalmente

eventually

  • fattoria vs factory:

fattoria

farm

fabbrica

factory

  • libreria vs library:

libreria

bookshop

biblioteca

library

  • parenti vs parents:

parenti

relatives

genitori

parents

  • preservativo vs preservative:

preservativo

condom

conservante

preservative

pretendere

to expect, demand, presume

fare finta, fingere

to pretend

  • camera vs camera:

camera

room

macchina fotografica

camera

Italian and English false friends

Beautiful Italian words

Here’s a list of what we consider the most beautiful Italian words:

pensierino

small gift or thought

zanzara

mosquito

farfalla

butterfly

pantofolaio

couch potato

addirittura

even/really

lucciola

firefly

rocambolesco

incredible

furbo

cunning, smart

solare

bubbly

stuzzicadenti

toothpicks

agio

ease

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Final thoughts

It goes without saying that the most important Italian words you should learn are determined by your interests and the reasons that motivate you to learn the language, for which a customized script is a good idea.

But it’s also essential to have a strong base of Italian words that you know.

Use this post as a starting point for your personalized list, and feel free to incorporate as many of the listed Italian terms as you wish!

For more Italian words check out also: Useful Italian expressions, common Italian words and beautiful Italian words.

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Eleonora

I’m originally from Argentina but grew up in Italy, so I’m bilingual. I love languages, which is why I studied French and Linguistics in London. I’m a grammar nerd and I love finding out about the meaning of words.

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