Thu, 22 November 2018
If I had to choose a few words that I’m asked about all the time in Italian, ones like “proprio” and “magari” would surely be up there, but the one I hear about being difficult constantly is “mica”.
In fact, it’s such a difficult word that I was still fuzzy on how to use it as I wrote this lesson. I had to get lots of help from our lovely in-house native Italian editor, Carlotta.
Despite that, we’ve done our best to drill “mica” -- a word that’s used informally in everyday spoken conversation -- down to its simplest usages.
Overall, know that it's used in order to strengthen the negative meaning of a sentence.
POPULAR EXPRESSION #1: Mica Male
“Mica male” can best be translated as “not bad”, as in:
POPULAR EXPRESSION #2: Mica tanto
“Mica tanto” can best be used to mean “not really” or “not much”.
A: Ti è piaciuto il film “Superman vs. Batman”? - Did you like the movie “Superman vs. Batman”?
B: Mica tanto! - Not really!
Mica costano poi (così) tanto/Non costano mica tanto, prendile! - They are not that expensive after all./ They are not that expensive, go and get them!
DEFINITION: Not at all/not one bit
DEFINITION: By chance/happen to
DEFINITION: It’s not like...
Non sono mica nato/a ieri! - It’s not like I was born yesterday!
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