8 Italian Slang Phrases to Help You Sound Like a Local

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Italians speak more than 30 dialects resulting in slang terms that are as varied as the country’s cuisine. Some terms, however, are commonly used throughout Italy. Learning them can help you improve your cross-cultural communication and impress the locals.

Although it literally means “beautiful,” Bella! is a common informal greeting that’s used among friends usually those under 30.

Che Figata!
This phrase is a casual way of saying “cool!” You can use it when someone tells you about an exciting place they’ve visited or a new skill they’ve learned.

Similar to the word “guys,” raga is used to address a group of young people. “Andiamo raga” means “Let’s go guys.” In Rome metropolitan area the variation regà is used instead.

Another Roman slang term that is now popular all over Italy is “scialla,” meaning “take it easy.”

This exclamation means “Absolutely” or “You better believe it!” If someone asks you if you liked the tiramisu, you can respond “Eccome!”

Non vedo l’ora!
This phrase’s literal translation is “I don’t see the hour.” It’s used to mean “I can’t wait!” or “I’m so excited.”

Pronounced like the word “Die,” this term means “Come on” or “Hurry up.” If someone is doing something you don’t like, you can also say “Dai” as a way of telling them to “Stop it!”

If you’re indecisive about something, you can communicate that with the word Boh.  It means “I don’t know” and can be a good response when someone asks you if you’d prefer going to the movies or to hear a live band—Boh.