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Questions tagged [vocabulary]

A vocabulary is the body of words used in a particular language.

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Difference between parlando and parlante

What is the difference between parlando and parlante credendo and credente and dante and dando and many others. Are they the same thing? Does parlando and parlante both mean speaking, does it ...
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When do we elide “dove è” into “dov'è”?

I have gone through various web pages about elision in Italian. All of them mentioned that we usually elide words like di, la, le, nella, questo, et cetera. But none of them mentioned the elision of ...
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When and how did the letters E and I “swap”, compared to other Romance languages?

I'm trying to understand how some words / word stems / prefixes and suffixes have a "swapped" E and I compared to other Romance languages, or (Vulgar) Latin. For example, the accusative pronouns in ...
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Is “male male” used anywhere in Italy?

"Male male" is an expression of Italian influence in Brazilian Portuguese that means something like "very bad", "barely", or "at very best". Examples: Não falo italiano, male male, falo português. - "...
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Perché si dice “calcio”?

In tutte le altre principali lingue neolatine [1], il nome del gioco del calcio è la traslitterazione locale di football: Francese: football Spagnolo: fútbol Portoghese: futebol Catalano: futbol ...
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Multilingual dictionaries of mathematical terms

Having posted this question, I now wonder whether there are any dictionaries, online, good ones, which would provide multilingual translations of technical words used in mathematics, including English ...
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Nomi alternativi per città italiane

Leggo abbastanza spesso sui giornali nomi alternativi di alcune città italiane, sempre con la forma "la città [parola, spesso un'aggettivo]", per esempio 'la città eterna' (Roma), 'la città superba' (...
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Cosa significa “senza in bocca due gommoni”?

L'ho sentito nella canzone di J-Ax "Il bello d'esser brutti", e dice così: Col nasone ed i ciglioni, sono più bello di Brad Pitt Senza in bocca due gommoni mandi a casa la Jolie Cosa vuol dire "...
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Esiste il termine dileggiatorio?

Discutendo con un collega, è stata pronunciata la frase: Ha un comportamento dileggiatorio Ho cercato sul web ed sul sito della Treccani ho trovato i termini Dileggiare (verbo) Dileggiatore (...
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Recommendations for intermediate flashcard deck?

Can anyone recommend a flashcard deck to expand my vocabulary at the intermediate level? I use Anki for learning vocab in Japanese study, and I've looked for an intermediate Italian deck, but the ...
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Can native Italian speakers read The Divine Comedy?

I'm interested to know how hard it is for native Italian speakers to read The Divine Comedy in Dante's original language. The work was composed in the 14th century, so I imagine that there would be ...
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Cosa significa “torcida”?

La maggior parte dei dizionari cui ho fatto riferimento dà un significato afferente alla tifoseria sportiva. Tuttavia, nei contesti in cui ho visto l'uso di questa parola, mi sembra piuttosto un altro ...
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Parola per indicare la persona che è alla porta di una scuola

Qual è il vocabolo che si usa di solito per indicare la persona che è alla porta di una scuola o di un liceo? Ho pensato a "portinaio", nella accezione del vocabolario Treccani Con accezione più ...
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Ma che sei grullo?

Does anyone know if the right meaning of Ma che sei grullo? is something similar to but are you crazy?! An Italian friend used this expression and I understood this by context, also checked on the ...
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How can I improve my listening comprehension?

I can read Italian pretty well but when it comes to listening I'm lost, unless it's a conversation that I'm actively participating in. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Parola per indicare una persona che si offende per niente?

Ragazzi/e, ho un vuoto di memoria: che parola si usa per indicare una persona che si offende per frasi/atteggiamenti a cui nessun altro farebbe caso?
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Why is the Italian term for Jews ebrei?

Isn't the analogy to ebrei Hebrews and not Jews, and is there an Italian analogy to the term Jews? Does anybody know, how the change to the term ebrei came to be implemented?
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Differenza tra “soffrire” e “subire”

Non so qual è la differenza tra il verbo "soffrire" ed il verbo "subire" giacché in spagnolo c'è soltanto un verbo per tradurre entrambi.
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Differenza tra “voce” e “vocina”

Cerco la differenza tra voce e vocina. Il mio traduttore mi dice "voice" per entrambi. "Da dove viene questa vocina?" "...dalla voce che esce..."
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What are the common tennis terms in Italian?

Particularly for advantage set / tiebreaker set game set match love (the term used for 0 or a no score situation) 15/30/40 deuce advantage in / advantage out
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How can I better learn similar-sounding words when phrasing questions?

Apologies if this question isn't relevant or is too basic for this site. I am currently trying to learn basic Italian. I have found that an effective approach to help me memorise the relevant words ...
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What is a minimal set of words that will give me an acceptable command of the Italian language?

Ciao amici, I just started learning the beautiful language of my Italian grandparents. They're from San Felice sul Panaro - Modena and Valtesse, Bergamo - LO respectively. I'm Brazilian and today I'...
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track, rail in Italian

What would you call track and rail in Italian? Track is the whole thing while rail is a piece of metal e.g. on the right. Is it binario for both?
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computer game in Italian

What would you call a "computer game" in Italian? Examples are GTA, Need for Speed etc. Suggestions: gioco per computer, gioco del computer, videogioco, gioco per PC. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Wizard vs magician in Italian

In English there is: wizard = a guy in a fairy tale who can change a human into an animal magician = real person who performs magic tricks What are their translations into Italian? I have found two ...
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collecting locality in Italian

I am trying to translate "collecting locality" into Italian language. It is a place in nature where is e.g. gold, silver, or some mineral etc. and people are there to get it. suggestions: raccolta ...
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teacher in Italian: insegnante, istruttore, maestro, professore

I have translated teacher into Italian. There is: insegnante, istruttore, maestro, professore. I am studying the diffeence between them. Which one of them is a high school teacher? How about art ...
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foam in Italian [closed]

I have translated "foam" into Italian. There is: "schiuma, spuma". I am studying the differences between them. schiuma - "1. Aggregato, generalmente instabile, di bolle d’aria (o di altro gas) che ...
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Reflector post in Italian

What would you call "reflector post" in Italian? It is a thing made of plastic material that can be found next to roads every given distance. Image: https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/reflector-post-...
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Difference between lì and là

I have translated "there" into Italian language. There are "lì" and "là". I am studying the difference between them. Hypothesis: these two words are used to refer to a place far from the person that ...
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Shark in Italian

I have translated "shark" into Italian language. There are two translations there: "squalo", "pescecane". I am studying the difference between them. I've found these two words used at this Wikipedia ...
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To slither up (verb) in Italian (for a snake)

What would you call to "slither up" in Italian? It is a verb that describes vertical movement of a snake. Image: http://www.livescience.com/images/i/000/028/036/original/cover11.jpg?interpolation=...
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World language in Italian

What would you call a world language in Italian? Google definition: "a language known or spoken in many countries." World languages are English, Spanish, French. *There seems to be a second ...
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“Day” in Italian: giorno, dì, giornata

I have translated day into Italian. There are three translations there: "giorno", "dì" and "giornata". I am studying the difference between them. Hypothesis: "giorno" and "dì" mean the same, the ...
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Difference between cranio and teschio

I am studying the difference between "cranio m" and "teschio m" (the m stands for masculine). Hypothesis number one: "cranio m" refers to set of bones of a person that is alive; "teschio m" is a ...
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What is the difference between “dipendente” and “impiegato”?

I have translated employee into Italian. I have found two translations. What is the difference between "dipendente m" or "impiegato m"? Sentences: 1) Peter is an employee of Nestle. 2) Microsoft ...
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How do you call a party where people drink a lot?

What do you call a party where people drink a lot? Thank you.
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Parole italiane con due categorie grammaticali

La parola danza in italiano può essere, a seconda del contesto, un sostantivo (la danza) oppure un verbo (egli danza). La parola lingua, invece, ha due significati (parte del corpo oppure linguaggio), ...
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Are there any thematic vocabulary resources with IPA notation?

I'm looking to extend my vocabulary with Anki, so I'm on the hunt for vocabulary lists. I'm looking for something that is: Thematically grouped (so context reduces ambiguity of meaning, e.g. tempo ...
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Socialdemocratico o socialista o cosa? [closed]

Come si definisce una persona o un partito che sostiene il cosiddetto stato sociale (welfare state)? Socialista, socialdemocratico o come?
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Translation for date from / date da

I need to translate "date from / date to" to Italian in a report (see picture). Is it correct to translate "date from / date to" as "Data di / Data da" ? Or is it rather "Data da / Data a" ? Or ...
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What is the meaning of “Bella lì”?

Ciao a tutti, Yesterday when I was leaving from my classmate I told him: "Ci vediamo dopo" and he answered me by saying: "Ci vediamo. Bella!" (He meant that of my Italian by saying this I believe)...
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What is the term for Italian words that contain exactly the 5 vowels AEIOU?

I am looking for a term to indicate Italian words that contain exactly the 5 vowels (A,E,I,O,U), each one exactly once. The number of consonants is not important. What is the term for these words? ...
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Nome collettivo degli animali dell'aia

Qual è l'insieme delle galline? E delle oche? Per le pecore è il gregge, per le vacche la mandria, ma per le galline mi viene solo covata che è solo per i pulcini.
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Cos'è un “ventaglio a stecche”?

Nel racconto I meteoriti, di Italo Calvino, ho letto (il corsivo è mio): Mia moglie agitava un ventaglio a stecche per smuovere l'aria sempre un po' polverulenta attorno ai nostri visi; io reggevo, ...
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Cosa significa “da urlo”?

Ho un dubbio. Ho visto l'espressione in un articolo e non so cosa vuol dire. Che cosa significa “da urlo”? Nell'articolo appare l'espressione “capelli da urlo”. Cosa significa “da urlo”?
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What is the difference between guardare and vedere

Eg: "mi piace guardare la gente". I used vedere in this sentence but it was marked wrong. I'd like to know the difference between the two. There are some explanations online but it is in Italian and ...
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What does “sani sani” mean?

From Il Barone Rampante by Italo Calvino: ...che venisse a tavola con una tasca piena d’ossicini già spolpati, da lasciare nel suo piatto al posto dei quarti di tacchino fatti sparire sani sani. ...
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È corretto dire “il giro di un film”?

È corretto dire "il giro di un film"? Se questa espressione non si usa in italiano, come si può esprimere l'azione di girare un film?
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List of Italian names used to describe voices

I am looking for a list of Italian names used to describe the qualitative and quantitative properies of a person's voices.