Italian lingo for love and sex.
Take heart, if you’re of a sanctified nature, there are plenty of safe, usable Italian phrases, like:
“Mi piace da morire.” — “I adore you.” Literally: “I like you to death.”
“Mi da un bacio.” — “Give me a kiss.”
“Lui è un cavaliere.” — “He is a gentlemen.”
For the seamier side of hooking up, there’s even more. In particular, what makes me laugh in the down and dirty Italian is the verb “trombare,” which can mean two very different things: 1. Playing the trumpet. 2. Having casual sex. I guess it all comes down to context, huh? I won’t go into specific examples since this is where I need to keep this post R-rated.
Here’s a tactful and elegant way to say “We did it.”
“Abbiamo passato la notte assieme.” — “We spent the night together.”
And, what about referring to people with less than sterling reputations?
“Lui èu n animale da letto.” — “He’s a sex animal.” Literally: “He’s an animal for bed.”
“Un ragazza di facili costumi.” — “A slut.” Literally: “A girl of easy virtue.”
Hide this Italian Book also covers important matters of safe sex and contraception. These are essential topics of Italian lingo, especially if you’re single and looking to date and or hookup in Italy.
That, my friends, is just a tiny sampling of down and dirty Italian.
I encourage you to do a deeper dive with the aforementioned and lesser-know Berlitz book, especially if you plan to live in Italy. I like knowing what is being said and what is going on around me. A few times I’ve caught Italians making snide comments about me, assuming I’m just an ignorant Italian. It hasn’t happened often, but when it has, I’ve busted them with knowing glances or comments demonstrating that I have more than a passing command of the language. Arm yourself accordingly!
And, if you’re keen on continuing to learn common Italian expressions and idioms, I encourage you to check out my Italian Snippets!