The word “time” in English has three translations in Italian: “ora”, “tempo”, and “volta”. These three words are not interchangeable. They have specific uses for specific contexts.

Two Main Takeaways

  • The word “ora” is used to talk about time. For example: “Che ora è?”, in English “What time is it?”.
  • The word “tempo” is used to talk about the abstract concept of time. The word “volta” implies repetition, for example “twice” in Italian is “due volte”.

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Links Mentioned and Other Resources

  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #24: How to Express Probability.
  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #15: How to Use Eight Question Words.
  • CLICK HERE to get the Italian Verb Blueprint, a guide for conjugating all regular Italian verbs.

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