Before your trip to Italy, we recommend you review some everyday Italian slang so you stay in touch with young natives. These seven words and phrases will be extremely helpful during your trip and will make learning the Italian language much more interesting.
Figo (feeh-go) = Cool
It's as simple as that.
Dai (die-e) = Come on
Although this phrase is strange to hear at first, as it's pronounced virtually the same as "die" in English, it is commonly used around Italy and simply means ‘come on’ as in, “come on, try the gelato!”
Basta (like pasta but with a B) = Enough
You can use this at restaurants when your waiter is pouring you a drink or serving you food. Or, say it with emphasis to anyone if you've simply had enough of something.
Via (vee-yah) = Away, go away, no way, get out of here!
This could mean a variety of things ranging from ‘go away’ to ‘no way’ depending on the intonation. The word alone can be used to replace the English expression ‘get out of here!’
Figurati (fee-goo-rah-tee) = No problem, my pleasure
Instead of the usual ‘prego’ after saying ‘grazie,’ you might hear the occasional ‘figurati.’ It is similar to the replacement of ‘you're welcome’ with ‘no problem’ or ‘don’t worry about it’ in the English language. If you’re trying to pronounce this term properly, remember to emphasize the 'u' in ‘figurati.’
Che schifo! (keh skee-fo) = How gross!
When Italians are grossed out by their food or drink, which is rare, they may use this phrase. It may come in handy after you find out that many Italians don’t pick up after their dogs on the sidewalk…
Che figata! (keh fee-gah-tah) = How cool!
You’ll probably hear this phrase in an everyday conversation between young Italians. It’s the Italian slang equivalent of ‘that’s sick’ or ‘that’s dope.’