Italian False Friends

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Italian False Friends: Common Mistakes Made By Learners

So you’ve already taken a number of Italian language courses over a span of several months, you’ve attended every lesson, and followed self-study advice to the ‘T’…… you think you have a fairly good handle on the Italian language? However, on your next trip to Italy make sure you don’t get caught out by these common mistakes that Italian language learners make. Familiarise yourself with these Italian false friends beforehand for an embarrassment-free trip!

 

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Italian False Friends:

1. Peperoni

Don’t ask for ‘peperoni’ on your Pizza unless you have a taste for the hot-n-spicy! If you do ask for ‘peperoni’ on your pizza you will actually end up with hot peppers, if you want pepperoni order ‘salame piccante’ instead.

2. Cocomeri

Looking to top your salad off with some crunchy ‘cocomeri’? Then I hope you like oil and vinegar on your watermelon, ‘cause that’s what you just ordered! The Italian word for cucumber is actually ‘cetriolo.’

3. Camera

Lost your camera and need to buy a new one? If you tell a salesperson that you’re looking for a ‘camera’, you may not like the response you’ll get. The word ‘camera’ in Italian actually means bedroom! Looking for a snapshot digital machine, then you should request a “macchina fotografica” instead.

4. Confetti

Commenting on the colorful ‘confetti’ being thrown around at the Venice Carnivale? Well let’s hope you never get pegged in the head with Italian ‘confetti,’ which is the word for sugar-coated almonds. The little colorful pieces of paper being thrown around at carnivals and parties are known as ‘coriandoli.’

5. Fattoria

Need directions to the Gucci ‘fattoria’? If you’re looking for outlet shopping during your stay in Italy, don’t refer to them as ‘fattoria,’ unless you want to buy some farm fresh produce! Factory outlets are actually called “(gli) Outlet,” though the Italian word for factory is ‘fabbrica.’ A case in many where your English actually comes in handy during your stay!

Known for its vibrant culture, spectacular scenery, friendly people, and world famous cuisine, Italy will always leave you wanting to come back for more. Hopefully these tips will help to make your Italian adventure unforgettable for all the right reasons!

 

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