Announcing Italian Snippets – Designed to Take You Deeper into the Italian Way

Leave it to the Italians to give colorful dimension to saying “What a mess!”

This topic is featured in the first of what I hope will be a long, continuing video series on my ItalyWise YouTube Channel that I’m calling “Italian Snippets.” I plan to intersperse these quick tips with the other weekly topics and videos that require a bit more in-depth explanation and storytelling. Think of us having a quick coffee while discussing a small but useful piece of advice that might just help you go beyond the surface of adapting to the Italian way.

“Che casino!” and “Che bordello!” express dismay or surprise when things get out of hand.

When speaking Italian on a more regular basis, these can become handy additions to your repertoire. These phrases also can signal to native speakers that you’ve done your homework and you’re not doing minimal work to get by with the language. I love these two particular phrases because they evoke so much more than simply saying something is unorganized or messy.

I guess Italians consider casinos and brothels as inherently chaotic.

Imagine looking at a desk overflowing with unfiled papers, dirty coffee cups, etc and comparing the scene to one of escalating debauchery and hedonism. I just have to laugh about that. And when I exclaim “Che casino!” it suddenly becoming much more satisfying. Think also of attending an event with friends that is anything but organized.  You comment knowingly, “Che bordello!” You’ll probably get several nods of agreement.

So, with this preface, I’ll leave you the following video and my first Italian snippet. I will endeavor to keep these to under four minutes—short, sweet, and useful! Enjoy!




By |2019-03-11T15:22:53+01:00March 6th, 2019|Italian Culture, Italian Snippets, Speaking Italian|6 Comments

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I’m an American expat living in Italy!


  1. Robin Fink March 7, 2019 at 3:20 am - Reply

    Wonderful advice, Jed.
    Looking forward to more snippets. XXo R

    • Jed March 9, 2019 at 9:56 am - Reply

      Glad you like, Robin! More coming very soon!

  2. Kevin March 6, 2019 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Hey Jed, Really enjoyed your snippet! Looking good…the mood in the video is as if we were there in person. And hey, the great thing about these particular phrases is that we can put them to use without delay! 🙂 Right cheek?…check!….left cheek?…check!….ma “che casino”!

    • Jed March 9, 2019 at 9:55 am - Reply

      Thanks, Kevin! It’s this “little” things when expressing oneself in Italy that elevate the experience and it draws appreciation from Italians to see and hear that a person has made an extra effort! Loads more coming!

  3. Eloise March 6, 2019 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    These snippets are such a wonderful idea!

    • Jed March 6, 2019 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Grazie, Eloise! Stay tuned for more soon!

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