Italian phrases

winnerJulio Velasco, an Argentine-born Italian professional volleyball coach and Athletic administrator supposedly provided us with this gem of athletic wisdom. It can be applied to almost anything in life that requires competition and ends up in the success of one and the defeat of many. As you can see, the phrase rhymes in Italian.

Chi vince festeggia, chi perde spiega.

The winner celebrates, the loser explains.

See also:

Italian phrases and quotes about love.
Italian quotes and proverbs

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It is a known fact that the English language lacks colorful phrases that one is supposed to use in various social drinking situations. All the more reasons to learn some Italian toasts! Italians seem to have a few toasts that fit every occasion. If you can’t pronounce them right, at least try to appear enthusiastic when hear these phrases.

Alla tua salute! – To your health!
Cin cin! – All things good for you!
Propino tibi! – I drink to you! (this toast is actually in Latin, the language from which modern Italian stems)
Propino tibi salutem! – I drink to your health! (a longer version of the toast above)
Per cent’anni! – One hundred years <of luck to you>!
Auguri! – Best wishes!

Finally, a traditional Italian wedding toast:

Evviva gli sposi! – “Hooray for the newlyweds”

See also:

Italian wine customs and etiquette
Pairing Italian wines

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All roads lead to Rome

March 27, 2011

All roads may or may not lead to Rome, but the very notion that this saying is in fact an Italian proverb… well, that’s a misconception. The origin of this phrase can be traced to the medieval French poet Alain de Lille (c. 1128–1202) who famously wrote at the time when the city of Rome […]

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Italian love phrases and quotes

January 3, 2011

These Italian quotes and phrases about love and beauty are taken from “A dictionary of foreign phrases and classical quotations” by Hugh Percy Jones. Note that in many cases the spelling conforms to old or regional rules. Several of these romantic quotations come from popular poetic works, the rest are merely common sayings. You may […]

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How to say ‘Happy New Year’ in Italian

December 29, 2010

Felice Anno Nuovo! = Happy New Year! (Feh-lee-cheh Ahn-noh Nooh-oh-voh)

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‘Merry Christmas’ in Italian

December 21, 2010

How to say Merry Christmas! in Italian? Buon Natale! bwohn nah-tah’-lay!

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Italian sundial mottos

December 20, 2010

The language of choice for sundial mottos is usually Latin, however Italian inscriptions are also very common. I would just like to note that these short Italian phrases that have to do with time, eternity and similar themes are excellent for engraving on watches and clocks. AD OGNI ORA CHE IO SEGNO, TU RAMMENTA CHE […]

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