In the United States, there are hundreds of slang words and phrases people use to communicate with one another. For example, phrases like “I’m beat,” “chill out,” and “epic fail” are commonly used in conversation.
Like Americans, native Italians use slang words and phrases to quickly communicate their emotions and actions. Although they might not be grammatically correct, theses words and phrases are commonly used to explain all types of situations in everyday life.
Below are some of my favorite Italian slang words and phrases. Practice these words with your Italian teacher or friends and you’ll soon be speaking like a true native!
1. Mettersi insieme
The equivalent of the American phrase “to tie the knot,” “mettersi insieme” means to begin a serious relationship with someone.
2. Mollare qualcuno
Ouch! Italians use this phrase when dumping their significant other. It’s roughly translated to mean “letting go” or “releasing someone free.”
3. Essere nelle nuvole
Italians use this phrase to describe someone who has his or her head in the clouds or someone who’s constantly daydreaming.
4. Ricco sfondato
This Italian slang phrase is used to describe someone who’s rich. The phrase literally means “rolling in money.”
5. Veloce come un razzo
Similar to the American phrase,”fast as lightning,” “veloce come un razzo” means something or someone is as fast as a rocket.
6. Amore a prima vista
Was it “love at first sight,” or as they say in Italy “amore a prima vista,” when you met your Italian crush while visiting abroad?
7. Alito puzzolente
Ew! You may need to use this Italian slang phrase to notify someone who has “bad breath.”
What we know in America as a “Debbie downer,” the Italian slang word, “Gusastafesta,” is someone who’s a spoiler or someone who ruins the party.
9. Basta, Basta
When your friend is annoying you, shout “basta, basta” as this means “enough is enough.”
10. I Malano miau!
Are you shocked about what happened on last night’s episode of Game of Thrones? Use this phrase to express shock or amazement.
11. Non fai scumbari
When your Italian grandmother won’t stop embarrassing you, simply say “Non fai scumbari” or “Stop embarrassing me/don’t embarrass me.”
This Italian slang word means “afternoon nap,” which are very common in Italy.
If you or someone else is experiencing bad luck, use the Italian slang word, “gufare.”
Similar to the American saying “Come on,” “Dai” is used when you want someone to tag along or do something. It can also be used to say “stop it.”
The equivalent of the American phrase “I dunno,” “Boh” is a quick way to say if you’re being indecisive.
I hope you have enjoyed learning these Italian slang words. If you want to make sure that your using these Italian slang words appropriately, you can practice speaking with a native or your Italian teacher.
The more you use these Italian slang words and phrases in conversation, the better you will become at speaking Italian.