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What’s your favorite Italian saying?

Italians are known for gesticulating emphatically while speaking. Here are our favorite Italian expressions that are just begging for the accompanying hand gestures.

1. Mamma mia! This means literally, my mother, but it is definitely a term that can express everything from exasperation to wonder. Your kid didn’t clean his room…again? Mamma mia!! The garbage stinks to high heaven? Mamma mia!! That Spaghetti alle Vongole just made you have a foodgasm? Mamma mia!!

Get it?

2. Basta! This means enough. You can say this (politely, followed by grazie) when an Italian mother has shoved a second heaping serving of spaghetti your way. You can also yell it when you just can’t take anymore of whatever you’ve had enough of (attitude, food, tickles, or inane conversation).

3. Uffa! There’s no translation for this, but it is yet another way to express that you are highly annoyed. The trains are on strike AGAIN? Uffa! Your feet hurt from walking around Rome in those new shoes you bought? Uffa! Flight delays? UFFFFAAAAA!!!

What’s your favorite Italian saying?

Image via ArtTrav.

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