How do you say Merry Christmas in Italian?

Describing Christmas in Italian:

As a Catholic country, Christmas is one of the major holidays celebrated in Italy. The word for Christmas is Natale (referring to the birth of Christ).

Buon Natale!
[boo-OHN nah-TAH-leh]
Merry Christmas!

Of course, during this time of year, there are some other sayings you may want to learn as well.

Buone Feste
[boo-OH-neh FEST-eh]
Happy Holidays

Felice Anno Nuovo or Buon Anno
[feh-LEE-cheh AH-noh noo-OH-voh] or [boo-OHN AH-noh]
Happy New Year

Il Capodanno
[eel CAH-poh-dah-noh]
New Year’s Day or New Year’s Eve festivities

I migliori auguri
[ee mee-YOH-ree aoo-GOO-ree]
Best wishes

And if you’re looking for gift ideas for your Italy-loving friends and family members, be sure to take a look at this list of Italy-inspired Christmas gift ideas!

Buon Natale, Buone Feste, e Felice Anno Nuovo a tutti!
(Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to everyone!)

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How do you say idiot in Italian?

Describing idiots in Italian:

The straight translation of idiot should look familiar: it’s idiota [ee-dee-OH-tah]. Be aware that the word idiota always end in -a, regardless of whether you’re talking about a male or female.

Idiota will certainly get your point across, but there is also some slang that you can use. When the word coglione [coh-YOH-neh] is used in reference to a person, it means idiot. Coglione literally means testicle, but it’s also common to hear it used to mean idiot when referencing a person.

Silvio Berlusconi famously used this word. He said that anyone who didn’t vote for him was a coglione.

To learn more Italian slang, be sure to check out the italian slang dictionary.

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How do you say boyfriend in Italian?

Describing a boyfriend in Italian:

“My boyfriend” can be il mio ragazzo [eel MEE-oh rah-GAHT-zoh] for a casual relationship, or il mio fidanzato [eel MEE-oh fee-dahn-ZAH-toh] for a more serious relationship.

This confuses a lot of people, because fidanzato seems very similar to the English fiancé, but fidanzato does not necessarily mean engaged to be married. It simply means being in love or in a serious relationship.

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How do you say I love you in Italian?
How do you say kiss in Italian?

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How do you say girlfriend in Italian?

Describing a girlfriend in Italian:

For a girl talking about her friend who is also a girl, you can say mia amica [MEE-ah ah-MEE-cah].

For a romantic relationship, you can say la mia ragazza [lah MEE-ah rah-GAHT-zah].

Maria é la mia ragazza.
Maria is my girlfriend.

In Italy, the use of la mia fidanzata [lah MEE-ah fee-dahn-ZAH-tah] is very common, and it also means girlfriend. This confuses a lot of people, because it’s similar to the English word fiancé. However, fidanzata does not necessarily mean engaged to be married. It simply implies being in love or in a serious relationship.

So guys, if you would say, “Yes, this is my girlfriend,” then she is also your fidanzata.

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How do you say kiss in Italian?

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How do you say TV in Italian?

Describing TV in Italian:

The Italian words for television are pretty similar to their English equivalents. Television is la televisione [lah teh-leh-vee-SEE-oh-neh]. Just like TV in English, Italians say la TV, but be careful with the pronunciation! It’s pronounced [lah TEE-VOO], not TEE-VEE.

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How do you say kiss in Italian?

Describing kissing in Italian:

Italian is known as a language of love. If you plan on finding out why, one good word to add to your vocab is un bacio [oon BAH-choh], or a kiss, as well as the plural kisses: baci [BAH-chee].

Dammi un bacio.
[DAH-mee oon BAH-choh]
Give me a kiss.

Baciami.
[BAH-chah-mee]
Kiss me.

Ti voglio barciare.
[tee VOH-yoh bah-CHA-reh]
I want to kiss you.

Baci e abbracci
[BAH-chee eh ah-BRAH-chee]
Hugs and kisses (lit. kisses and hugs, like at the end of a letter)

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How do you say I love you in Italian?

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How do you say vacation in Italian?

Describing vacations in Italian:

The basic word for vacation in Italian is vacanza [vah-CAHN-zah], and “to go on vacation” is andare in vacanza or fare vacanza.

Andiamo in vacanza a Barcelona questa settimana.
We’re going on vacation in Barcelona this week.

For the kids, the summer break/school holiday is le vacanze scolastiche.

A vacation from work is ferie. Better yet, a paid vacation is ferie retribuite.

C’é Angela? No, Angela é in ferie.
Is Angela here? No, she’s on vacation.

In Italy, August 15th is a national holiday known as ferragosto (ferie di agosto), and most Italians head out to the beach or the mountains on this day.

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How do you say alcoholic in Italian?

Describing alcoholism in Italian:

The best way to say alcoholic, as in someone who is addicted to alcohol, is alcolista [all-coh-LEE-stah].

É un alcolista.
He is an alcoholic.

Another way to address it is:

Ho problemi con l’alcol.
I have a drinking problem.

You may see alcolizzato in the dictionary for alcoholic. This is true, but it has a strong negative connotation implying a degenerate or a drunkard, much like ubriacone. Alcolista is a more moderate term without the negative connotation.

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How do you say beautiful in Italian?

Describing beauty in Italian:

Italians have a fine eye for beauty, style, and aesthetics. It is not surprising that the word beautiful is one that you will hear often in Italy. The word for beautiful in Italian is bello [BEH-loh] (masculine) or bella [BEH-lah] (feminine). When used in reference to a man, it basically means handsome. Guys, you should be aware that if you become friends with Italian guys, they may call you bello as a term of endearment. Ladies, don’t be surprised to hear an Italian guy say to you, “sei bellissima!” (you’re beautiful!). Bello/a can also mean nice or good.

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