Mammi mia! Do you know your Italian slang?
When in Italy, it is easy to know what people mean when they say "Mamma mia!" They are saying "oh my gosh!". Momma mia is an easy way of expressing excitement or expressing the fact that you are impressed by something awesome! Mamma mia is one phrase out of many phrases that are considered slang in Italy. Italian people use just as much slang terminology as American people do! The usage of slang verbiage helps people feel more at home when they are traveling to foreign countries and places and trying to learn new languages. Speaking to locals using slang words and phrases can help the speaker feel like they aren't so out of place! Using Italian slang words like Essere nelle nuvole, Prendere la palla al balzo, Che palle, Amore a prima vista, and Una guastafeste might help you feel right at home! So will Italian slang words like Mettere il carro davanti ai buoi, Non fai scumpari, Cogliere in castagna, Avere le mani in pasta, and Come il cacio sui maccheroni! A lot of these slang words might seem like they are referencing food or something completely different but they aren't! They are sort of similar to America's usage of metaphors and similes. Italy is one of the best countries in the world to visit with its green, white, and red flag proudly waving and welcoming tourists to come through! The culture is excellent due to the music, food, people personalities, shopping centers, and more but the slang is probably the best part! Now it's your turn to prove that you know the slang!