Can You Tell Spanish Words from Italian?

By: Isadora Teich
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Spanish and Italian are both Romance languages, which means that they evolved from Latin. These two romantic languages seem very similar to many English speakers. See if it's all Greek to you with this HowStuffWorks quiz!

Hola

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

Sono stanco

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

Adiós.

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

Buenos días.

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

Grazie.

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

L'autunno

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

L'auto

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

¿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?"

Buon Natale

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

¿Por qué?

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

Il mare

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

¿Cómo está usted?

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

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."

El cumpleaños

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

El sol

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

El queso

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

Il dolce

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

Rojo

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

La escuela

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

L'amore

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

Yo no comprendo.

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

Un hombre

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

Azul

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

Come ti chiami?

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

Un ángel

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

Mi dispiace.

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

La donna

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

Te amo.

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

La muerte

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

Una manzana

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

Prego.

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

Mi esposo

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

Hijo

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

La strega

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

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