How to use “mi sa che”: Italian grammar lesson 99

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Unlock the charm of casual Italian conversation with the phrase “mi sa che”! Dive into this guide and learn how to express your hunches like a true Italian, adding a poetic touch to your daily chit-chat. 🇮🇹✨

  • Grasp the Basics: “Mi sa che” is your go-to for saying “I think” in Italian, perfect for sharing your gut feelings informally. 🤔
  • Literal Charm: While there’s no direct English equivalent, “mi sa che” charmingly means “it tastes/smells to me like…” Poetic, isn’t it? 🌹
  • Use it Right: Stick to “mi” for “I” and use it to convey “I have the feeling/impression that…” Keep it casual and personal. 😎
  • Yes or No: Answer with flair! Use “Mi sa di sì” for “I think so” and “Mi sa di no” for “I don’t think so” when responding to questions. 👍👎
  • Practice with Examples: Get comfy with phrases like “Mi sa che non vengo” (I think I’m not coming) to sound like a native. Practice makes perfect! 📚
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What is mi sa che in Italian?

Like other informal expressions, mi sa che doesn’t have exact equivalents in other languages. In fact, there is no literal translation for this construction.

We only use it with mi (for “I”).

Have a look at these examples:

Mi sa che non vengono.

I think they’re not coming.

Mi sa che vuole invitarvi a cena.

I think she wants to invite you over for dinner.

Mi sa che explained

What does mi sa che mean?

Even though there’s no literal translation for mi sa che, we’re going to explain what it means so that you understand how we use it.

In this construction, sa comes from the verb sapere, which means to know but also to taste or smell.

When we say mi sa che, we’re literally saying, “it tastes or smells to me like…”. Very poetic, right?

We use it to say something along the lines of I have the feeling or impression that.

In other words, mi sa che basically means mi sembra che (it seems to me that) or just penso or credo che (I think that or I believe that).

But remember, it’s quite informal and colloquial.

Mi sa che meaning

How to use mi sa di sì, mi sa di no?

We can also use a similar construction to answer a yes or no question. In this case, instead of che, we use di right before or no. There are two options.

Here they are:

  • Mi sa di sì (I think so)
  • Mi sa di no (I don’t think so)
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Have a look at the example:

A: Venite stasera?
B: Mi sa di no.

A: Are you coming tonight?
B: I don’t think so.

A: Ha passato l’esame?
B: Mi sa di sì.

A: Did she pass the exam?
B: I think so.

Mi sa che Italian

Mi sa che: examples

Now, let’s have a look at some more examples. Remember, in terms of translations, there are different options.

All of them are fine, but some fit better than others.

Mi sa che non vengo.

I think I’m not coming.

Mi sa che stanno studiando.

I have the feeling they’re studying.

Mi sa che mangio fuori stasera.

I think I’m eating out tonight.

Mi sa che è arrabbiata con me.

I have the impression she’s angry at me.

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FAQs on How to use “mi sa che”: Italian grammar lesson 99

What is the meaning of "mi sa che"?

We are literally saying “it tastes or smells to me like…”. We use it to say something along the lines of I have the feeling or impression that.

What is the other constuction with "mi sa di"?

We can also use a similar construction to answer a yes or no question. In this case, instead of che, we use di right before sì or no: Mi sa di sì (I think so) and mi sa di no (I don’t think so).

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