Era ora! – Some Italian Common Sayings

I love Italian idioms, sayings and proverbs. Let’s learn some expressions related to time: il tempo

Whether you are a beginner or a fluent Italian speaker, you should learn some sayings as soon as possible for many reasons. They are fun, useful, and they will help you to speak more naturally.

I’ve put together a small list of common Italian sayings related to “time” with a basic translation and some examples. The examples are only in Italian, the audio is at natural speed. Sentences are not that difficult but I made the listening task a bit faster than usual.

Try to understand and write your own sentences using the same expressions. We can check them during our Zoom classes.

Cominciamo!

Era ora – It was about time

Fabio e Lucia si sposeranno la prossima primavera. Era ora!


D’ora in poi – From now on

Sono a dieta. D’ora in poi non mangerò né pane né pasta.


Fai con comodo – Take your time

Fai pure con comodo, il film comincia tra due ore.


In quattro e quattr’otto – In no time

Il gatto aveva fame. Ha ripulito la ciotola in quattro e quattr’otto!


Al più presto – As soon as possible

Devo prenotare le vacanze al più presto, altrimenti i voli saranno troppo cari.


Ogni morte di Papa – Once in a blue moon (lit. Every time the Pope dies)

Mia sorella è tirchia. Mi offre il caffè ogni morte di Papa.


In fretta e furia – in a hurry

Ha cominciato a piovere molto forte e abbiamo lasciato la spiaggia in fretta e furia.


Alle calende greche – Indefinitely, in a very long time

Il pacco che ho spedito in posta arriverà in America alle calende greche


Campa cavallo (che l’erba cresce) – Waiting in vain… – Lit. The horse grows old (and the grass too)

Se ti avessi aspettato per un invito a cena, campa cavallo…


Con il senno di poi – In hindsight

Con il senno di poi, avrei dovuto aspettare prima di comprare una macchina nuova.



Thanks for reading. I hope this was useful.


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