I live in Italy for nine years but I still discover new things about Italian culture. One of my favorite things is learning Italian proverbs. There are an important part of the language because Italians use them almost any conversation. Proverbs show cultural traits of the country, add a dimension to conversation.Some of them are proverbs have similarities with Turkish ones that’s why I memorize some of them quickly. In today’s post I would like to share the best Italian proverbs.
Il buongirno si vede dal mattino ( A good day starts in the morning)
It means it is going to be by what the morning is like.
Meglio solo che male accompagnato ( Better alone than in bad company)
It means stay alone than to spend time with unworthy people.
Tra il dire e il fare c’e mezzo il mare ( An ocean lies between what is said and what is done)
This proverb refers to people who talk a lot and make promises they don’t keep promises.
Chi dorme non piglia pesci ( Who sleeps does not catch fish)
It is about the importance of hard work. Without commitment and work, it is impossible to get what you want.
Far d’una mosca un elefante ( Making a mountain out of a molehill)
This proverb means making a small thing a big problem
Ride bene chi ride ultimo ( Who laughs last, laugh best)
It is a popular proverb in Italy. This proverb highlighs you should not celebrate before the end of situation even if things seem to be going good.
Meglio un uovo oggi che una gallina domani ( Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow)
It is about prudent people. It is more convenient to settle for the little certainties of today than to risk losing them.
Dimmi con chi vai e ti diro chi sei ( Tell me who you go with and I will tell you who you are)
It means people relate to others who have similar personalities. That’s why we establish relationships with people who are similar to us.
L’erba del vicino e sempre piu verde ( The neighnour’s grass is always greener)
It is about envy which is a perfect proverb for these days. Because many people look at the possession of other and they think they are better than themselves.
What is your favorite Italian proverb? Let me know it below