Italian Proverbs!

Here’re some Italian proverbs that I really like!

Chi cerca trova – He who seeks shall find.

Anni, amori e bicchieri di vino nun se contano mai – Years, lovers, and glasses of wine – these are the things that shouldn’t be counted.

Chi va piano, va sano e va lontano – Who goes slow, gets far (Slow and steady wins the race).

Tra il dire e il fare, c’è in mezzo il mare – Between saying and doing there’s the sea in the middle (Easier said than done).

Fidarsi è bene ma non fidarsi è meglio – To trust is good, but not to trust is better.

Chi non risica non rosica – Who doesn’t risk, doesn’t gain.

Volere è potere  – When there is a will, there is a way.

Chi fa da sè fa per tre – If you want something done, do it yourself.

Rosso di sera bel tempo si spera – Red sky at night shepherds delight.

L’ospite è come il pesce: dopo tre giorni puzza – The guest is like the fish: after 3 days it stinks! (Don’t overstay your welcome).

Roma non fu fatta in un giorno – Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Non è tutto oro quel che luccica – Not all that glitters is gold.

Mal che si vuole non duole – The bad that you want doesn’t hurt.

In un’ora Dio lavora – God gets a lot done in an hour.

Tentar non nuoce – There’s no harm in trying.

L’orgoglio dei piccoli consiste nel parlare sempre di sé, quello dei grandi nel non parlarne mai – The pride of the small is to talk always of themselves, that of the great is to do so never.

Dove c’è gusto non c’è perdenza – Time, spent with pleasure, is never wasted.

Hai voluto la bicicletta? Pedala! – You wanted a bike? Pedal! (You made your bed, lie in it!)

Chi non spende non vende – Who doesn’t spend money, doesn’t make money. (To make money you need to spend money).

Il mondo è bello perché è vario – The world is beautiful tanks to its variety.

Chi la dura la vince – He who holds out wins.

Se son rose, fioriranno – If they are roses, they will bloom.

Ogni principio è duro – Every beginning is hard.

Chi capisce patisce – Those who understand suffer.

Chi misura se stesso, misura tutto il mondo – Those who know themselves, know all the world.

Chi male non fa, male non ha – Whoever does no wrong will suffer no wrong.

Non è bello ciò che è bello ma è bello ciò che piace – Beauty is not something that is beautiful, but something that you like (Beauty is in the eye of the beholder).

Detto – fatto! – Done and dusted! (Said – done).


It’s time to swap your beliefs to positive ones. Prepare for the dose of motivation!

Any person has the ability to learn at least one extra language. You’ve done it before with your native language. Somehow all kids manage to do it. How? They don’t doubt their ability. They don’t give up. That’s the secret. Moreover, as you manage to learn one foreign language, it gets easier because you start to see what your strengths are and how to do it the way that works for you.

It’s not about having “super powers”, it’s about using what you’ve got. Figure out your strengths and weaknesses. For instance, I have a perfect short-term memory, but my long-term memory sucks. That means if I don’t constantly revise information, I might forget it. Luckily, with languages I don’t have to sit over books to do so, I just need to use a language from time to time. And I gladly do it by watching movies, listening to songs, etc. That’s how it works for me. Same thing with you – figure out you abilities and wing it!

Think about all those amazing things you can do once you know the language fluently. What are your little goals? Keep those things in mind. If there’s no point for you to learn a language, it’ll be tempting to quit whenever you run into an obstacle.

You don’t need to believe. When I started learning English I didn’t think I could possibly succeed. I had the same negative beliefs from the previous chapter. But I did it anyway. So, if you still don’t believe in yourself – don’t waste your energy on convincing yourself that you can. Just go for it.

Do not stop. Promise me that you won’t stop and I can promise you that you will succeed. Give yourself a year. And make sure that every day you do at least something language-related. Then see what happens. I assure you that fallowing tips from this book you’ll get results.

I believe in you and I wish you to succeed!

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