Language learning has taught me that there is only so much that can be learnt through books and classroom courses. As students we have to push ourselves and embrace our target language in different ways. For example, I’ve tried my best in embracing the Italian culture via podcasts, music, Zoom conversations, TV shows and movies. Not only has this improved my language skills but also helped me understand colloquial words used by locals. But what exactly are these commonly used Italian words that make you sound like a local?? Let’s find out!
Italian Words that Make You Sound like a Local
1. Che ne so
One of the most commonly used expressions that you’ll hear in Italy is Che ne so. It means “What do I know” or “whatever”…Or simply a way of saying “I don’t know”!!
2. Non mi va
Another most used Italian expression that will make you sound like a local is “non mi va” which simply means “I don’t wish to do it” or “I don’t feel like” or simply “I’m not in the mood”!
3. Direi di sì
I cannot count how many times I have heard this. If you’re with Italians you’ll hear “direi di sì” a lot, it means “I’d say so” or “yes, I would think so.”
Very commonly used again and its meaning as it simple as it sounds. Appunto means precisely or yes indeed!
5. Ecco perché
Ecco Perche` means “That explains why” or “here’s why” or “therefore”.
6. Avanti così
This is another common phrase to hear while language learning, especially from your teachers! It means “keep moving forward like this” or “keep going”.
7. Ma Dai!
This is a must know Italian expression to make you sound like a local. It means “Come on!!” or simply “no way”!
8. Mi fa piacere
It means “Pleasure is mine”, “I’m glad/pleased” or “that’s great”.
9. Stai Tranquillo!
Another expression used frequently in daily conversations is stai tranquillo. It means not to worry, relax and calm down.
10. La Vita e` bella accidenti
This is a phrase I heard from a friend in Parma. She told me how often it was used in daily conversations and then I couldn’t stop hearing it around me. It means wow, what a beautiful life, gosh life is very good!
One of my favorite words is pazzesco. It means crazy, insane, terrific!
Often in movies and TV shows we hear this word being used. It means to hurry up!
13. Non c’entra niente
I love this phrase too. It means “it has nothing to do with someone/ something“.
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