Category: Italian words

There are many ways to learn Italian words. You might wonder what a specific word means in Italian or you might ask for the translation of an English word into Italian.

Ideally, you shouldn’t ask for the translation of a word into Italian. Try focusing on Italian words.

If you don’t know how to say a certain word, try describing that word in Italian to an Italian native speaker. That way you’ll avoid the translation.

However, if you can’t avoid translating in your head, it’s ok. We know it’s normal. That’s why we have prepared some posts called “how to say…”, such as “how to say family in Italian”, “how to say good morning in Italian”, “how to say friend in Italian”, “how to say you’re welcome In Italian”, “how to say nice to meet you in Italian”, “how to say man in Italian”, “how to say home in Italian”.

If you want to know what the most popular Italian word is, the answer is “ciao”. And you’ll find a post about the meanings of ciao in Italian.

You’ll also find posts about the meaning of chin chin in Italian, the meaning of ora in Italian, the different meanings of fare, the meaning of pronto, the meaning of bravo, and the meaning of mangiare in Italian.

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Do you know how many Italian words there are? It’s hard to know, isn’t it? Of course, this doesn’t include English loanwords like pizza or English expressions like ‘cheese’ that have been adopted into Italian vocabulary.

But it does include the native Italian vocabulary that’s essential for learners of any level.

Essential Italian words

Italian word for day

The word ‘day’ is actually ‘giorno’ in Italian. But if you’re just starting out with Italian words, you may find that ‘giono’ is a bit tricky.

This is because Italian word for day is also used to refer to a specific kind of weather. ‘Giorno’ is also used to refer to the time of day, so you might see sentences like ‘Mi sveglio la mattina’ or ‘Vado a scuola quella mattina’.

Italian word for night

The word ‘night’ is ‘notte’ in Italian. Again, it may be a little difficult to get your head around this one at first. ‘Notte’ is used for both the night and sleep, but you’ll find it also refers to the evening, when everything becomes quieter.

For example, in the sentence ‘Io vado a letto verso le tre di notte’, you can see that ‘verso’ means ‘towards’.

Italian word for year

The word ‘year’ is ‘anno’ in Italian. Again, it may be a little tricky to get your head around this one at first.

‘Anno’ is used both for the year and the calendar year, which means 365 days. You may see sentences like ‘Il mio primo anno a Roma è stata un’esperienza interessante’ or ‘Il mio anno scolastico è finito’.

Italian word for month

The word ‘month’ is ‘mese’ in Italian. Again, you may find it tricky to get your head around this one at first. ‘Mese’ is used both for the months and the lunar months.

The lunar months are 31 days long, and they don’t occur at a regular time of year (they’re not synchronized with the seasons). For example, in the sentence ‘Sono in vacanza dal 27 al 31 giugno’ you can see that ‘giugno’ means ‘June’.

Italian word for week

The word ‘week’ is ‘settimana’ in Italian. Again, you may find it a little tricky to get your head around this one at first.

‘Settimana’ is used both for the weeks and the weeks of the week. For example, in the sentence ‘Preparo il pranzo domenica e la sera delle due settimane’, you can see that ‘domenica’ means ‘Sunday’.

Italian word for hour

The word ‘hour’ is ‘ora’ in Italian. Again, you may find it a little tricky to get your head around this one at first. ‘Ora’ is used both for the hours and for the time of day.

For example, in the sentence ‘Andiamo a mangiare alle 8 del mattino’ you can see that ‘mattino’ means ‘morning’.

Italian words with a negative meaning

There are certain words in Italian that are used with a negative meaning. For example, ‘non serve’ means ‘it’s not necessary’.

Similarly, ‘non fa niente’ means ‘it doesn’t matter’. You may come across sentences like ‘Voglio andare a mangiare, ma non fa niente se non vado in macchina’ where macchina means ‘car’.

The most important thing to remember when learning Italian words is that you make it fun.

Don’t stress over every word. And remember that although Italian vocabulary may seem difficult, there are many words with common English meanings that you can use. So, don’t get discouraged.

If you keep practicing, you’ll be able to communicate in Italian in no time. If you need help, tons of online resources can help you learn vocabulary.

Plus, the more Italian words you know, your conversations will improve. So, get to it!

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