Can You Tell Spanish Words from Italian?

By: Isadora Teich

Adiós.

This means "Goodbye" in Spanish. In Italian you say "Addio."

El cumpleaños

This is "birthday" in Spanish. In Italian, it's "Il compleanno."

Hola

This means "Hello" in Spanish. The Italian equivalent is "Ciao."

¿Qué hora es?

This is how you ask for the time in Spanish. In order to do so in Italian, you ask "Che ore sono?"

Buenos días.

This means "Good morning" in Spanish. In Italian, you say "Buongiorno."

Buon Natale

You can wish someone a merry Christmas in Italian with this phrase. In Spanish, it's "¡Feliz Navidad!"

Sono stanco

This means "I'm tired" in Italian. In Spanish, it's "Estoy cansado."

¿Cómo está usted?

This means "How are you?" in Spanish. In Italian, you say "Come va?"

L'auto

This is how you say "the car" in Italian. In Spanish it's "El coche."

L'autunno

In Italian, this is the season "Autumn." In Spanish, it's "El Otoño."

Grazie.

This means "Thank you" in Italian. In Spanish, you say "Gracias."

El sol

This is Spanish for "the sun." In Italian it's "Il Sole."

Aiutami!

This is "Help me!" in Italian. In order to call for help in Spanish, you say "¡Ayuadame!"

In bocca al lupo

This is Italian for "Good luck." It literally means "In the wolf's mouth." To wish someone luck in Spanish you say "Buena suerte."

Il mare

This is Italian for "the sea." In Spanish it's "El mar."

Un hombre

This is Spanish for "a man." In Italian it's "Un uomo."

La escuela

This is Spanish for "the school." In Italian it's "La scuola."

Il dolce

This is Italian for "the dessert." In Spanish it's "El postre."

La strega

This is Italian for "The Witch." In Spanish it's "La bruja."

Rojo

This is how the color red is said in Spanish. In Italian, it's said "Rosso."

Prego.

This means "You're welcome" In Italian. In Spanish, you say "De nada."

El queso

This means "The cheese" in Spanish. In Italian, cheese is "Il formaggio."

L'amore

This is Italian for "love." In Spanish it's "El amor."

Una manzana

This is Spanish for "An apple." In Italian it's "Una mela."

Un ángel

This is Spanish for "an angel." In Italian it's "Un Angelo."

La muerte

This is Spanish for "death." In Italian it's "La morte."

Come ti chiami?

This is how to ask for someone's name in Italian. In Spanish, it's "¿Cuál es tu nombre?"

Mi dispiace.

This means "I'm sorry" in Italian. In order to apologize in Spanish, you say "Lo siento."

¿Por qué?

This is how you ask "Why" in Spanish. In order to do so in Italian you say "Perché?"

Te amo.

This means "I love you" in Spanish. In Italian it's "Ti amo."

Azul

This is how the color blue is expressed in Spanish. In Italian, it's "Blu."

La donna

This means "The woman" in Italian. In Spanish it's said "La mujer."

Mi esposo

This is Spanish for "My husband." In Italian, you would say "Mio Marito."

Yo no comprendo.

This means "I don't understand" in Spanish. In Italian you say "Non capisco."

Hijo

This is Spanish for "Son." In Italian it's said "Figlio."

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