30 Minute Italian
30 Minute Italian
Italian Insults That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud
13 minutes Posted Jan 27, 2019 at 5:59 am.
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There is something so satisfying about learning swear words in another language. That’s why so many new language learners rush to ask native speakers how to say things like, “f*** you” and “you’re an idiot.”

After Rachel wrote this article with 8 swear words to add sass to your Italian vocabulary, we thought it would only be fair to follow up with another list of insults.

They range from affectionately rude (like to tease your friends) all the way to when you’re really angry, or when you’re incazzato nero (totally pissed off).

Some basic vocab for you:

-- Gli insulti - Insults

-- Insultare - To insult

Affectionately rude

-- Sei pazzo(a)? - Are you crazy?

-- Sei diventato pazzo(a)? - Have you gone crazy?

-- Sei impazzito(a)? - Have you gone insane?

-- Ci sei cascato come una pirla! - You fell for it like a stupid person!

If there’s an “a” in parentheses, it means that this adjective can be masculine or feminine. Remember that adjectives also change in number in Italian. If you’re unfamiliar with this grammar concept, click here for a refresher.

For more (including one Roman phrase that’s extra extra insulting but it’s used all over Italy) go to:



Special thanks to The Creative Impostor Studios for producing this show.

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