ITAL­IAN

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Ma­gari

“Ma­gari” is one of the words that can be used in any part of Italy, which has a num­ber of dis­tinct di­alects. It means “maybe” although on oc­ca­sion it may be used to ex­press yearn­ing. Some­one may ask, “Are you go­ing on va­ca­tion this sum­mer?” If an Ital­ian says “ma­gari,” it’s likely he means “I wish!”

L’ac­qua fa male, il vino fa cantare!

This is an old Ital­ian say­ing that has been turned into a jo­cose phrase in parts of Rome. It roughly trans­lates to “Wa­ter hurts, but wine makes you sing!” A friend might say this to tease a com­pan­ion who chooses to drink wa­ter in­stead of wine at a res­tau­rant.

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