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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 - 123-456-7890 - 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?

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Italian Word of the Day - older sister (phrase)

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sorella maggiore older sister (phrase)

La sorella maggiore sta tenendo la sorella minore.
The older sister is holding her younger sister.

avere una sorella maggiore
have an older sister

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4 Reasons Why Italian Slang Words Will Make You Fluent

Learn 4 honest reasons you need Italian slang words and why they are so vital to truly learning and mastering the language.

Teachers may normally cringe at the thought of their students learning Italian slang words. After all, slang words and phrases are typically defined as being grammatically incorrect. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak Italian? Here are 4 of the top reasons why you should study slang words and expressions when learning Italian or any new language.

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1. Native Speakers Use Slang Expressions in Everyday Conversation

If you are going to study a foreign language and plan to use it to speak with native speakers, then you have to learn slang words and expressions. Otherwise, just using formal expressions and grammar may alienate you from native speakers and make it more difficult to establish a real connection. So it is best to at least learn some common slang words and expressions if you’re planning to meet or speak socially with someone.

2. Slang Words Are Used All Throughout Italian Culture

If you turn on any popular Italian TV show, listen to any song, or watch any movie, you are quickly going to see the value of learning Italian slang phrases. Just like everyday conversations between native speakers, Italian culture is filled with slang phrases and expressions. Without at least some knowledge of the more common slang phrases, popular culture and most conversations will be very confusing and potentially alienating.

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3. Slang Expressions Help You Better Express Your True Thoughts and Feelings

Only relying on formal grammar and vocabulary is very limiting, especially in social situations. Just like in your native language, using the appropriate Italian slang words can help you express a broader range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

4. Proper Use of Slang Makes You Sound More Natural

We’ve all met foreigners who technically used formal language perfectly but still sounded odd and well….foreign. But when you use the right slang words and expressions, you will sound more natural and like a true native speaker. If you notice, even most politicians include a sprinkling of slang expressions and words throughout their speeches to help them sound more natural and to better connect with the audience.

The Dark Side of Slang Expressions

Learning Italian slang words can indeed help you sound more natural, better understand the people and culture, and make integration much easier. However, there is a dark side: using the wrong slang expressions can also make you look foolish, uneducated, and potentially disrespectful.

But how do you know which slang words or phrases to use and when?

The truth is that you can’t learn the most modern and appropriate slang words in textbooks or formal classroom settings. By the time the information gets incorporated into a formal curriculum, it’s already outdated and no longer in use by actual Italian people. And while you can learn current slang expressions from Italian TV shows, movies, songs, and games, you may not understand the context. If that happens, you may use the right Italian slang words but in the wrong situation and still look like a fool or possibly even offend someone.

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At ItalianPod101, native speaking instructors create audio and video lessons that can include slang expressions and words. Our instructors provide context and examples for all the Italian slang words used in any lesson to make sure students understand the right time and place to use them.

Italian slang words and expressions may be grammatically incorrect but they are vital to truly understanding and immersing yourself in the culture. In fact, it will be very difficult to fully understand any movie, TV show, song, game, or even 1-on-1 conversation without knowing a few of the more common slang expressions.

However, it is important to learn the proper context and use of even popular slang expressions or you may come across as confusing, disrespectful, or uneducated.
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Top 20 Italian Words and Phrases you need to survive the Apocalypse

Zombies are coming, and they speak Italian! Do you have what it takes to survive? No?
How lucky you are, we have exactly what you need. Here is the Top 20 Words and Phrases you need to survive this Apocalypse!

top Italian words and phrases to survive zombies apocalypse

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infezione (n)
infection

spaventoso (adj)
scary

teschio (n)
skull

tomba (n)
grave

Qual è il tuo film di zombi preferito??
What’s your favorite zombie movie?

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apocalisse (n)
apocalypse

alzarsi dalla tomba.
rise from the grave

Zombi! Correte!
Zombies! Run!

Se ci fosse un attacco di zombi, dove andresti?
If there was a zombie attack, where would you go?

soprannaturale (adj)
supernatural

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scorta alimentare (n)
food supply

morti che camminano
walking dead

pelle d’oca(n)
goose bumps

immaginazione (n)
imagination

cultura pop (n)
pop culture

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acqua dolce (n)
fresh water

cadavere (n)
corpse

raccapricciante (adj)
gruesome

nascondersi (v)
hide

cimitero (n)
graveyard

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10 Monthly Goals to become fluent in Italian

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Shortcuts for learning and tips to remember Italian words are useful but it’s even also important to fix objectives to reach every month! What Is Your Language Learning Goal for the Month?
In your journey to become fluent and conversational here are 10 monthly goals you can go after!

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1) I’ll finish Survival Phrases series on ItalianPod101.com by listening to two lesson a day.

2) I’ll give a 3 minute introductory speech in Italian to my Italian friends.

3) I’ll finish reading one Italian book by reading 10 pages a day.

4) I’ll pass my Italian test.

5) I’ll write 10 postcards in Italian to my Italian friends.

6) I’ll memorize 5 Italian songs.

7) I’ll finish memorizing 350 words with Flashcards on ItalianPod101.com.

8 ) I’ll fully understand one Italian movie by watching it every day.

9) I’ll learn how to talk about past, present and future events.

10) I’ll master 150 words by memorizing 5 words a day.

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How to be a Good Lover in Italy

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Ti amo.
I love you.

Sei così importante per me.
You mean so much to me.

Vuoi essere il mio Valentino?
Will you be my Valentine?

Sei così bella.
You’re so beautiful.

Penso a te come a più di un amico.
I think of you as more than a friend.

Un centinaio di cuori sarebbero troppo pochi per racchiudere tutto il mio amore per te.
A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

L’amore è solo amore. Non può mai essere spiegato.
Love is just love. It can never be explained.

Sei così bello.
You’re so handsome.

Ho una cotta per te.
I’ve got a crush on you.

Mi fai venire voglia di essere un uomo migliore.
You make me want to be a better man.

Lasciate che tutte le vostre cose siano fatte con amore.
Let all that you do be done in love.

Tu sei il mio sole, il mio amore.
You are my sunshine, my love.

Siamo fatti per stare insieme.
We were meant to be together.

Se stavate pensando a qualcuno durante la lettura, siete sicuramente innamorati.
If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

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Italian Word of the Day - funny (adjective)

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buffo funny (adjective)

Gli uomini stanno ridendo per qualcosa di buffo.
The men are laughing at something funny.

L’uomo buffo sta ballando senza pantaloni.
The funny man is dancing without pants.

film buffo
funny movie

ridere per qualcosa di buffo
laugh at something funny

guardare un programma buffo
watch a funny show

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Italian Word of the Day - ten thousand (numeral)

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diecimila ten thousand (numeral)

diecimila yen
ten-thousand yen

diecimila dollari
ten thousand dollars

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A Night to Remember in Italy

The Focus of This Lesson is Italian Greetings for the Evening Buona sera. “Good Evening.”

Good Evening

buona sera (also written buonasera) is the perfect equivalent for “good evening” and as such you should use this term when meeting someone.

Instead, you may use buona serata (never written buonaserata) to wish someone a nice evening. You should not use this greeting when meeting someone for the first time or upon entering a place.

When someone is about to go to bed, buona notte (also written buonanotte) is almost exclusively the word people use.

“With the Fly” per favore!

“Waiter, there’s a fly in my cup!”
How many times have we heard jokes and real anecdotes of this nature?
However, did you know that in Italy, some people like to drink their coffee “with the fly”?

Coffee is always present in a typical Italian breakfast, which usually consists of light pastries, croissants, and the simple bread, butter and jam.
Italian style coffee though, has many variations and is usually much more concentrated and strong that the American one, and is usually served in a smaller cup.
In Italy, your coffee can be served in many variations, the most popular ones being the espresso, made by machine; and the napoletano, prepared home-made style and in small kettles.

Furthermore, coffee can be machiato (spotted, with a dash of milk), or corretto (laced, with liquour).

And surprisingly enough, you can order your cup of coffee “con la mosca” (literally, “with the fly”)!

This means that inside the little coffee cup, you will be able to find either:

- a chocolate

or,

- a real coffee bean

In Italy, coffee is as rich and interesting as its culture. Next time you have an Italian breakfast, surprise the locals and request “the fly” in your cup!