Guest Blogger: Do Bianchi on Italian sayings

We’ve invited Italian culture maven Do Bianchi to contribute here occasionally here at Live Like an Italian. After all, he’s been living like an Italian for nearly twenty years! 😉

For my first post here, I thought it might be fun to offer up a simple list of Italian expressions. They are all what we call in linguistics optatives, a “mood” (as you say in Latin grammar) that expresses a desire that something be achieved, as in the case of buona giornata or have a nice day… Buona lettura! (Enjoy reading them!)

Work/Study

Buon lavoro = may your work be fruitful.
Buona lettura = enjoy your reading.
Buona lezione = may the lecture/class be fruitful.
Buon seminario = may the seminar/class be fruitful.
Buono studio = may your study be fruitful.

Senses

Buon appetito = enjoy your food.
Buon ascolto = enjoy the music [listening].
Buona degustazione = enjoy the tasting.
Buona spaghettata = enjoy your spaghetti [pasta].
Buona visione = enjoy the movie.

Travel/Recreation

Buona continuazione = enjoy the rest of your day/activity.
Buona domenica = enjoy your day of rest [the day of the Lord].
Buone feste = happy holidays.
Buon fine settimana [buon weekend] = have a great weekend.
Buona permanenza = enjoy your stay.
Buon proseguimento = enjoy the rest of your stay/activity.
Buone vacanze = enjoy your vacation.
Buon viaggio = have a safe trip.
Buon volo = have a safe flight.
Buon weekend [buon fine settimana] = have a great weekend.

Health/Rest

Buona guarigione = I wish you a speedy recovery.
Buon riposo = sleep well [get well soon].

Greetings/Salutation

Buona giornata = have a great day.
Buon giorno = good day [greetings].
Buona notte = good night [good-bye].
Buon pomeriggio = good afternoon [greetings].
Buona sera = good evening [greetings].
Buona serata = have a great evening.

Which ones are we missing? Please feel free to add others in the comment section…

—Do Bianchi

One response

  1. Buon pranzo, pronta guarigione, buon natale, buona pesca, buon compleanno

    November 8, 2012 at 11:48 am

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