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How can I translate the expression "Got it!" in Italian?

I would say: Capito! Tutto chiaro! I am from Italy and I think the best ways to express what "got it" means are those :)
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How can I say "Good luck!" in Italian?

The "neutral" way is the literal translation: Buona fortuna! The more colloquial way (not rude or offensive, can generally be used with anyone, though it might depend on the situation) is an ...
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How can I say "How are you?" in Italian?

The typical idioms are Come stai? (informal, with known people or friends) Come sta? (formal, with unknown people or important people) Come va? (always possible)
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How would you translate "overkill" in Italian?

I don't think Italian has a perfect equivalent of the word overkill. You can use different terms in different situations. Translating it as eccessivamente complicato isn't optimal because overkill ...
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Happy belated birthday in Italian

I think that a simple "auguri in ritardo" will do the job. Of course you can build on this. "Scusami! Mi sono dimenticato di augurarti buon compleanno. Auguri in ritardo!"
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How can I say "on a second thought" in Italian?

I'd say a ripensarci (slightly more formal) or ora che ci penso, where something like di nuovo (“again”) or meglio (“better”) is implied.
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Form of "What?" for hearing loss

Informal: Come? Cosa? Eh? Come/Cosa/Che hai detto? Formal, (as suggested in a comment by @RiccardoDeContardi): Scusi? Prego? Può ripetere? Come/Cosa/Che ha detto?, the latest two usually followed by ...
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Can “ho fatto” mean “I made”?

You'd probably say Non ho mai fatto niente con le mie mani. Notice that: you had omitted mai, that is, “never”; it's le mie mani (not i miei mani) since mano is feminine, even though it ends in -...
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Translation of the expression "by the way"

As always, there is not a single translation that always fits. A proposito is often appropriate; depending on the register, also incidentalmente, the already-mentioned fra l'altro, or a periphrasis ...
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"I have no idea" in Italian

Non lo so Non lo so proprio Non ne ho idea Non ne ho la più pallida idea In ordine crescente di intensità Ovviamente ne si riferisce a qualcosa che è già stato menzionato, ma immagino che tu lo ...
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Acqua fredda o ...?

“A temperatura ambiente”! Credo che sia il modo più diffuso; ho anche sentito, per sottolineare la richiesta, “non di frigo”.
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Expression/phrase for "more or less"

As already stated in comments, "più o meno" is the best way to translate "more or less", which is its literal meaning. However, there are some alternatives, like: Press'a poco All'incirca A grandi ...
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Reading between the lines

Quite simply we say leggere tra le righe. leggere tra le righe Riuscire a capire anche quello che non viene chiaramente espresso oppure deliberatamente taciuto, riferito a uno scritto, a un ...
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How do I say "In another news" so it would make sense to a native speaker in an email?

Unfortunately Entre altre notizie has no meaning in Italian. If you mean In other news you could translate it with cambiando argomento or passando ad altro. The expression cari colleghi is fine at ...
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Come posso rendere "to be on sick leave" in italiano?

Il termine burocratico sarebbe "Assenza per malattia" o "Congedo per malattia"; io tradurrei quindi to be on sick leave con: Essere (o stare) in congedo per malattia oppure Essere (o stare) ...
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How can I say "How are you?" in Italian?

IMHO the other answer is translating "how are you doing". If you are unsure what register to use etc., you can use "Tutto bene?". It's not as common, but it's never wrong: in Bakuriu's example, "...
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How can I say "Good luck!" in Italian?

"Buona fortuna" is the literal translation of "Good luck". If you're in an informal context (eg talking to friends), you may want to use "In bocca al lupo" (literally: [go] into the wolf's mouth) ...
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Translation of the expression "by the way"

The perfect translation would be "fra l'altro". I wouldn't translate it as "a proposito", in my opinion the meaning is slightly different.
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Translation of "what's your name?” in Italian

"Qual è il tuo nome?" is correct, but it's rarely used. "Come ti chiami?" is more frequent. Moreover, please note that while in English "You" is used even with strangers, in Italian there's a ...
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Language from my parents

It's quite likely to be a local pronunciation of per piacere, which literally means “please”, but may be used to exhort one to do something. As Charo remarks, the not-too-different Sicilian version ...
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Qual è una traduzione di "OP"?

Alla lettera direi "autore originale". Da una ricerca su Google, questo è anche l'uso diffuso, anche se non sono riuscito a trovare una fonte abbastanza autorevole, e non so se TripAdvisor o Plreply ...
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How can I translate the expression "Got it!" in Italian?

In addition to Elisabetta's answer, you could use: (Ho) capito (literal translation) Ok Va bene What Google Translates says is however wrong and far from the intended meaning.
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Food for thought!

According to wordreference, you can also translate it with "spunto di riflessione" or "stimolo per una riflessione".
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