In English we use the expression "I don't care" to express that we don't feel interest or concern about something. How can we say a similar expression in Italian? Google Translate gives "Non mi interessa", which I think it's "It doesn't interest me", so probably there are better translations. It would be interesting to learn a variety of idiomatic expressions which convey this sense that can be used in different situations.

  • Non mi frega niente. This is Perugino dialect and essentially means "I don't give a damn".
    – user1265
    Feb 23, 2015 at 18:52

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Non mi interessa is correct, but perhaps not always strong enough. You might want to say:

  • non m'importa (the most neutral and standard solution), its variant chi se ne importa (= who cares?) or the stronger non me ne importa niente;
  • non me ne frega niente (even stronger) or its variants chi se ne frega? and me ne frego (the latter of which, however, has Fascist overtones, since it was used as a kind of motto by the Blackshirts);
  • me ne infischio;
  • then there are some truly vulgar versions, such as me ne sbatto (optionally: me ne sbatto i coglioni and the like).
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    As a side note, "me ne infischio" was popularized because it was chosen as the italian translation for the famous "I don't give a damn" that Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) says in "gone with the wind" ("via col vento"). it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francamente_me_ne_infischio
    – persson
    Feb 23, 2015 at 16:21
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    One of my professor always says "Me ne faccio un baffo", which I consider nice and not vulgar.
    – Rnhmjoj
    Feb 23, 2015 at 21:36
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    Some variants: "Non me ne frega un fico secco" and "Non me ne puó fregare di meno"
    – GibboK
    Feb 24, 2015 at 11:05
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    Also "Non me ne importa un tubo"
    – GibboK
    Feb 24, 2015 at 11:15
  • I'd add "chissenefrega" as a very colloquial option.
    – edmz
    Feb 24, 2015 at 16:20

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