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[Italian Lesson] Off on a tangent!

[Italian Lesson] Off on a tangent!

Sono partita per la tangente.

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Over the past 10 years, I’ve had my fair share of awkward conversations in Italian. I’ve botched grammatical constructions, acted like pronouns didn’t exist, and posed invasive questions at the wrong time in an effort to avoid awkward silences.

Trading one type of awkward for another. Take it from me, they equally suck. 

That’s why I find it so helpful to memorize phrases that connect one thought to another or that help me smoothly make transitions while having a conversation.

Here are three that I’ve recently encountered:

  • Detto ciò - That said

  • Parlando di… - Speaking of

  • Sono partito/a per la tangente. - I’m going off on a tangent. 

Vi faccio degli esempi:

  • Detto ciò, possiamo continuare. - Having said that, we can continue.

  • Ah, parlando di tua sorella. Come sta? - Ah, speaking of your sister. How is she?

  • Parlando della festa del ringraziamento, voglio invitarvi ad una cena. Faccio i ravioli con la zucca! - Speaking of Thanksgiving, I want to invite you to dinner. I’m making pumpkin ravioli!

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