I'm in Pimsleur's Italian 2, lesson 17 and they say something I can't figure out.

All I have is the audio (they don't supply transcripts), and it sounds to me like "L'amore non si tutto" and they say it means "Love above all", but that doesn't make sense to me -- in fact, it seem to me to mean the opposite: "Love is not everything"

I tried searching without success for this and various other phrases which sound the same to my ear, such as "L'amore nunsi tutto", "L'amore non situtto", "L'amore nonsi tutto" -- all of which I'm sure are laughable to an Italian reading this. But that's where I'm at in my learning. Thanks for any help.

  • What's Pimsleur?
    – DaG
    Apr 13, 2020 at 16:37

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The transcript of this audio is:

– L'amore innanzitutto.
– Love above all.
– Eh, sì, l'amore innanzitutto.

They are using adverb "innanzitutto", which means "prima di ogni altra cosa", that is, as you have said, "above all".

As mentioned by DaG in a comment and as you can see in Sabatini Coletti dictionary, it can also be written separately: "innanzi tutto".

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    Just mentioning that it's also possible to write it separately: innanzi tutto.
    – DaG
    Apr 13, 2020 at 16:38
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    It makes so much sense now. Had never seen this adverb, and not sure I ever could have figured this out without help. Thanks for your help!
    – Tony M
    Apr 13, 2020 at 17:20

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