There are many words in Italian that have one single translation in English. For example, “il tavolo” and “la tavola” both mean “table” in English, but their use depends on the meaning we want to convey.

Two Main Takeaways

  • The words “il mattino” and “la mattina” both mean “morning” in English. The first one is mostly used in idiomatic phrases, while the second one refers to dates and routines in everyday speech.
  • The words “ti amo” and “ti voglio bene” both mean “I love you” in English. The first one is used with a partner, while the second one is used with family and friends.

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Links Mentioned and Other Resources

  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #36: Common (Light) Italian Insults.
  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #53: Homographs: Tricky Italian Words.
  • CLICK HERE to get the Italian Verb Blueprint, a guide for conjugating all regular Italian verbs.

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