Whether you’re planning on travelling or impressing your friends, here are five Italian expressions and their meanings that’ll make you sound like a pro.
1. In bocca al lupo
‘To be in the wolf’s mouth’? Direct translations are always interesting… This expression is used to wish someone good luck.
2. Acqua in bocca
‘Keep the water in your mouth’ – an Italian version of ‘keep it to yourself’.
3. Non vedo l’ora
‘I don’t see the hour’ – when you hear or say this expression, you are telling someone time is of no importance, you are really excited and can’t wait for what’s ahead.
4. Non avere peli sulla lingua
Italians are known for being open and not being afraid of speaking their mind, ‘not having hairs on the tongue’, this expression means to speak your mind and be straightforward.
5. Mangia bene, ridi spresso, ama molto
A beautiful Italian expression that perfectly encompasses the Italian way of life – ‘Eat well, laugh often, love much’.