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Italian Un-Censored – 02. Basic Expressions: how’re ya? (2 of 3)

Admittance to Italian culture requires more than just knowing a handful of expressions. If you really wanna get in, you’ve gotta know slang, street speak, and swear words. Italian Un-Censored has what it takes so you can talk the talk. No grammar lessons, verb conjugations, or any rules here – just the language that’s actually spoken in Italy today – from the most intimate encounters (and, yeah, I’m talking sex) to technology know-how (e-mail, IM, text messaging). It’s assumed you already know a little bit of the Italian language. Most of the expressions provided can be applied to both guys and girls. It”be specified if the word or phrase can be applied to guys alone or girls only. In case you’re uncertain about how to pronounce something in the post and don’t want to sound like a fool, click on the TouTube video and listen up. You may want to lower the volume. I’ve labeled the hottest language, so you can easily gauge just how “bad” the expression really is. We’re dealing with real-life Italian in this post-serie and, therefore, I tell you what the closest English equivalent is – so you know when to use each word, phrase, or expression. You know that language is constantly changing – what’s in today may be out tomorrow. So, if you come across anything in this post that’s no longer said, or learn a cool expression that hasn’t been included, let me know; I’d love to hear from you. Just leave a comment below. These posts aren’t labeled Un-Censored for nothing! This isn’t the language you wanna use around your boss, relatives, or your new boy- or girlfriend’s parents… got it? The stuff that’s in here is pretty hot. If you wanna say it in public, that’s up to you. But I’m not taking the rap (like responsibility and liability) for any mistakes you make – these include, but are not limited to, verbal abuse, fist fights, smackdowns, and/ or arrests that may ensue from your usage of the words and expressions in it.

How’re ya?

The best ways to ask How you doin’? and the right responses

Music: Mango – Amore per te

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– Come andiamo?

How’s it going?

– Bene, grazie.

Good, thanks.

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– Tutto bene?

Is everything fine?

– Tutto a posto.

Everything’s OK.

“Tutto bene” is an elegant way to ask how someone is.

Hipsters would prefer “tutto a posto”, which is less formal.

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– Hey! Come ti va la vita?

Hey! How’s life?

– Sto da favola!

Wonderful! (Literally: I’m in a fairy tale!)

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– Hey! Come butta?

Hey! How’re things?

– Butta bene/ male.

Things are looking good/ bad.

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– Allora …? Che si dice?

So …? What’s up?

or

– Che mi racconti?

What’s going on?

– Sto di merda. *** 

(crude and crass – use with caution!)

I feel like shit.

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– Allora … novità?

So … what’s new?

– Guarda, sto da panico.

Well, I’m totally stressed.

or

– Guarda, sto da Dio.

Well, I feel divine.

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– Come stai?

How are you?

– Si tira avanti … 

I’m getting by …

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– Come va la vita?

How’s life?

– Così così./ ‘nsomma.

So-so.

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