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How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Italian

How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Italian!

Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

Table of Contents

  1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
  2. Italian Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
  3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
  4. How Can ItalianPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
  5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Italian - Testing New Technology

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1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Italian? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Italian words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

  1. joke - scherzare
  2. funny - buffo
  3. April 1st - Pesce D’aprile
  4. prank - scherzo
  5. lie - mentire
  6. sneaky - subdolo
  7. prankster - burlone
  8. play a joke - fare uno scherzo
  9. humor - umorismo
  10. fool - buffone
  11. deceptive - ingannevole
  12. surprise - sorprendere

2. Italian Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

Italian Phrases for April Fools' Day

Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Italian to prank your favorite Italian friend or colleague!

  1. I learned Italian in 1 month.
    • Ho imparato l’italiano in 1 mese.
  2. All classes for today got canceled.
    • Tutte le lezioni di oggi sono state cancellate.
  3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
    • Mi dispiace, ma ho appena rotto il tuo paio di occhiali preferito.
  4. Someone has just hit your car.
    • Qualcuno ha appena urtato la tua auto.
  5. I’m getting married.
    • Sto per sposarmi.
  6. You won a free ticket.
    • Hai vinto un biglietto gratuito.
  7. I saw your car being towed.
    • Ho visto la tua macchina che veniva trainata.
  8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
    • Stanno distribuendo buoni regalo gratuiti di fronte all’edificio.
  9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
    • Un bel ragazzo ti sta aspettando fuori.
  10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
    • Una bella signora mi ha chiesto di darti questo numero di telefono.
  11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
    • Puoi venire giù? Ho qualcosa di speciale per te.
  12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
    • Grazie per la tua lettera d’amore stamattina. Non avrei mai potuto immaginare i tuoi sentimenti.

Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

Choose Bad or Good

Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Italian, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

Cockroach prank

1- Infestation

This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

3- Something Weird in the Restroom

At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

Funny Face

4- Call Me Funny

Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - XXX XXXXXXX - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

5- Minty Cookies

This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

6- Wild Shopping

At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

8- Sneeze On Me

Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

9- Word Play Repairs

Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

10- Scary Face

Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

11- Wake Up To Madness

Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

Computer Prank

12- Computer Prank

This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

13- Monster Under the Cup

This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

Door Prank

14- Prank Door

Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

4. How Can ItalianPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

If you happen to visit Italy, or if you work for any Italian company, knowing the above Italian prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Italian words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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Italian Word of the Day - open (verb)

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aprire open (verb)

Apri il tuo libro.
Open your book.

La donna sta aprendo le tende.
The woman is opening the curtains.

Il ragazzo apre la porta.
The boy opens the door.

Il ragazzo ha aperto la porta.
The boy opened the door.

Il ragazzo sta aprendo la porta.
The boy is opening the door.

aprire la finestra
open a window

aprire la porta
open a door

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Italian Word of the Day - can opener (noun)

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apriscatole can opener (noun)

Prefesrisco aprire la lattine di caffè con un apriscatole manuale che uno elettrico.
I prefer to open coffee cans with a manual can opener over an electric one.

lattina e apriscatole
can and can opener

apriscatole elettrico
electric can opener

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Italian Word of the Day - change (verb)

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cambiare change (verb)

Il camaleonte ha cambiato il suo colore in arancio, verde e giallo
The chameleon changed its color to orange, green and yellow.

cambiare occupazione
change an occupation

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Italian Word of the Day - winter (noun)

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inverno winter (noun)

L’inverno è la stagione dei giorni più brevi e delle temperature più fredde.
Winter is the season of shortest days and coldest temperatures.

scena invernale
winter scene

freddo giorno d’inverno
cold winter day

solstizio d’inverno
winter solstice

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Italian Word of the Day - guitar (noun)

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chitarra guitar (noun)

Suoni la chitarra molto bene.
You play the guitar very well.

chitarra a sei corde
six-string guitar

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Italian Word of the Day - book (noun)

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libro book (noun)

Il ragazzo sta leggendo un libro nel parco.
The boy is reading a book in the park.

libro di testo blu
blue textbook

libro elettronico
electronic book

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Italian Word of the Day - computer (noun)

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computer computer (noun)

Passo almeno cinque ore al giorno a lavorare al mio computer.
I spend at least five hours a day working at my computer.

La donna sta usando il computer.
The woman is using a computer.

Ho due computer: un portatile e un computer da tavolo.
I have two computers: a laptop computer and a desktop computer.

computer da tavolo
desktop computer

usare il computer per lavoro
use a computer for work

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Italian Word of the Day - vegetable (noun)

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verdura vegetable (noun)

Le verdure sono una ricca risorsa di vitamine e minerali.
Vegetables are a rich source of vitamins and minerals.

La donna sta comprando le verdure dal fruttivendolo.
The woman is shopping for vegetables at the grocery store.

Una dieta ricca di verdura e frutta mantiene il corpo in salute.
A diet rich in vegetables and fruit keeps the body healthy.

Peperoni, broccoli, zucchini, porri, carote, melanzane e lattuga sono tutte verdure.
Peppers, broccoli, zucchini, leeks, carrots, eggplants, and lettuce are all vegetables.

verdure fresche
fresh vegetables

reparto frutta e verdura del supermercato
vegetable section of the supermarket

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Italian Word of the Day - guidebook (phrase)

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guida turistica guidebook (phrase)

Una guida turistica darà informazioni utili per il viaggio.
A guidebook will give you helpful information for your trip.

leggi la tua guida turistica
read your guidebook

guida turistica con mappa
guidebook with a map

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