Thursday, February 22, 2018

Italian Idioms

Day 166 of My Italian Learning Journal*

In reading about the Italian language and some tips with regard to learning the language I came across some interesting idioms. In my post for Day 132 I wrote about "cavallo di battaglia" and I received some interesting replies with other expressions. Below are some recent idioms I have read.

Ascolta Questo:
  • Pagare alla romana
    To go Dutch
  • Acqua in bocca
    Keep it under your hat
  • Avere fegato
    To have guts / nerve
  • Portare i pantaloni
    To wear the pants
  • Ad occhio e croce
    More or less
  • Essere solo come un cane
    To be all alone
  • Fare una vita da cani
    To live a dog's life
[ Grazie a Jan ]
[ Grazie a Anasdav ]
[ Grazie a Unonessuno ]
Alla prossima!

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*Note: This is my personal journal of daily practice in learning Italian. I welcome Italian grammar corrections. Grazie.


  1. PaGaRe, pagare (to pay) is the right spelling (ortografia)

    1. Thank you -- sharp eye! . . . I added "Grazie a Jan" on the post. La ringrazio. ~Ted


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