• Italian course for beginners (A1)
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  • 1 Greetings in Italian (hello, goodbye, ...) [0/5]
  • 2 How to introduce yourself in Italian (my name is...) [0/6]
  • 3 Asking and telling the time in Italian [0/5]
  • 4 Days of the week, months and holidays in Italian [0/6]
  • 5 How to talk about your family in Italian [0/6]
  • 6 House, rooms, furniture in Italian [0/14]
  • 7 The weather in Italian [0/5]
  • 8 Body parts in Italian [0/12]
  • 9 Clothes in Italian (shoes, accessories, fashion) [0/13]
  • 10 The colours in Italian [0/5]
  • 11 Countries and nationalities in Italian [0/6]
  • 12 Describing someone in Italian (adjectives, body) [0/9]
  • 13 Feelings and emotions in Italian (I love you) [0/7]
  • 14 Food names in Italian [0/9]
  • 15 How to order food at the restaurant in Italian [0/6]
  • 16 Animals and pets in Italian [0/14]
  • 17 Nature in Italian [0/5]
  • 18 School in Italian [0/6]
  • 19 Jobs and professions in Italian [0/6]
  • 20 The city and asking for directions in Italian [0/7]
  • 21 Hobbies and sports in Italian [0/5]
  • 22 Health in Italian [0/5]
  • 23 Wishes and proverbs in Italian [0/4]
  • As you get more and more familiar with the Italian language, it is important for you to learn some useful phrases, for example how to express wishes, and the most common proverbs

    Wishes in Italian

    In the following table you'll find the most common way to express wishes (gli auguri).

    Italian English
    Buon compleanno! Happy Birthday!
    Buon Natale! Merry Christmas!
    Buona Pasqua! Happy Easter!
    Buone vacanze! Happy holidays!
    Congratulazioni! Congratulations!
    Buona fortuna! Good luck! 
    In bocca al lupo! Break a leg!
    Buon appetito! Enjoy your meal!
    Buona giornata! Have a good day!
    Buon fine settimana! Have a good weekend!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Proverbs in Italian

    An other important parts of Italian speaking language are proverbs (i proverbi). 
    In the following table you'll find the most common.

    Italian English (literaral translation) English (real translation)
    Affogare in un bicchier d'acqua To drown in a glass of water To make a storm in a teacup
    Al cuor non si comanda You cannot lead the heart Heart decides on its own
    Avere grilli per la testa To have crickets in the head To have bats in the belfry
    Chi ben comincia è a metà dell'opera The one who starts well is halfway Well begun is half done
    Chi dorme non piglia pesci The one who sleeps doesn't catch fish You snooze, you lose
    Chi fa da sé fa per tre The one who does something by himself does it as if he is three people Do it yourself, it's three times better
    Chi la fa l'aspetti The one who does something (wrong) has to expect something What goes around comes around
    E' nato con la camicia He was born with his shirt on He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth 
    Gallina vecchia fa buon brodo An hold hen makes good soup There's many a good tune played on an old fiddle
    Il lupo perde il pelo ma non il vizio The wolf may loose his fur, but not his viciousness The leopard cannot change his spots
    Meglio tardi che mai Better late than never Better late than never
    Meglio prevenire che curare It's better to prevent than cure Better safe than sorry
    Non è l'abito che fa il monaco The habit does not make the monk You can't tell a book by its cover
    Non tutti hanno gli stessi gusti Not everybody has the same taste One man’s meat is another man’s poison
    Non vendere la pelle dell'orso prima che sia morto Don't sell his skin, before the bear is dead Don't count your chickens before they are hatched 
    Paese che vai usanza che trovi Wherever you go follow the customs you find When in Rome, do as romans do
    Rosso di sera, bel tempo si spera Red (sky) in the evening, we'll hope for a good weather  Red sky at night, sailor's delight
    Sano e salvo Healthy and safe Safe and sound
    Sentirsi un pesce fuor d'acqua To feel a fish out of water To feel like a fish out of water
    Tizio, Caio e Sempronio Titus, Caius and Sempronius Any Tom, Dick or Harry
    Uomo avvisato, mezzo salvato A warned man is half saved Forewarned is forearmed