I applaud Italians for having created such colorful phrases.
Italian idioms, in my opinion, kick butt on English idioms. And, if you’re serious about going deeper into the Italian culture and participating more fully, you’ll want to start learning them. They’re plentiful and they’ll spice up your speaking skills and draw nods of appreciation from native speakers for having gone beyond the surface. Italian idiomatic expressions usually have English equivalents. But…
Don’t make the mistake of trying word-for-word English to Italian translations.
In most cases, they don’t make the transition literally. If you attempt to do so, Italians will probably look at you sideways with a puzzled brow. Side-by-side comparisons of English idioms and Italian idioms demonstrate that many have the same gist, but they’re just not the same. And, if there’s a contest between the languages for creativity in getting a point across, I cast my vote for the Italian idiomatic expressions.
I tackle three Italian idioms in this week’s Italian Snippets
This will be the first of many Snippets devoted to Italian idioms. I’ve started with my favorites. I’m already putting them to good use (and proudly so). The big task ahead of me is becoming fluid in how I introduce them into conversations.
In this new YouTube video on my ItalyWise Channel, you’ll learn the Italian idiomatic expressions for their English counterparts:
To kill two birds with one stone.
To have your cake and eat it too.
Let’s quit talking bullsh#*t.
Have fun with these and prime yourself for more to come. As you learn and master these, you’ll be taking your command of speaking Italian to a new level!
Above all, have fun with these Italian idioms!
If you are like me, you’ll find yourself laughing as you keep learning this crucial aspect of speaking Italian and work your way into the culture more successfully.
Check out my other Italian Snippets
Topics include things like coffee protocol (it’s important!), describing an out-of-control situation, and how to order something to go! Click here!
And, if you want a great overview the what and how of idiomatic expressions, whatever the language, check out this great online article from Grammar Revolution.