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[Italian Lesson] Don't mention it.

[Italian Lesson] Don't mention it.

Understanding figurati and figuriamoci

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Come potreste rispondere alla frase sotto?

Grazie mille!!

Si può dire:

  • Prego. - You’re welcome.

  • Niente. - It’s nothing.

  • Non c’è di che. - You’re welcome/It’s nothing.

  • Di nulla. - It’s nothing.

Ma la mia frase preferita?

  • Figurati. - Don’t mention it. 

Another use of “figurati” is to mean “yeah, right.”

Tipo, “Luca viene stasera?” >> “Figurati, lui non viene mai alle feste.”

Is Luca coming tonight? >> Yeah right, he never comes to parties. 

Sometimes you’ll hear “figuriamoci” too, but it means “no way.”

  • Penso che pioverà domani. >> Figuriamoci! Le previsioni del tempo dicono che ci sarà il sole! – I think it's going to rain tomorrow. – No way! The forecast says that it’s going to be sunny!

During the editing process, Irene also pointed out "figuriamoci" can be used to mean "let alone". 

  • E se è estremamente difficile raggiungere l'unanimità con 15 paesi, figuriamoci con 25. - It's really hard to reach consensus among 15 countries, let alone 25.

Buono studio!

Un caro saluto,


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