Not everything in Italy is bello and the life here isn’t simply dolce. In fact, there are quite a few things I’ve found to be down right BUONA.
And I made a list.
You see, the Italian language in all of its grammatically challenging and gender-orienting ways isn’t that hard to grasp. It is hard to master, but that is a topic for another day … or another blogger. Regardless, over the years I’ve learned that just about anything can be made sweeter by adding a little buona to it.
Most people know the basics …
Buon Giorno – Good day
Buon Pomeriggio – Good afternoon
Buona Sera – Good evening
Buona Notte – Good night
Buona Giornata – Have a good day
Buona Serata – Have a good evening
Buon Riposo – Have a good rest
Nice, right? There are more …
Buon Appetito – Enjoy your meal (or rather, good appetite)
Buon Pranzo – Enjoy your lunch
Buona Cena – Enjoy your dinner
and not to be outdone…
Buona Colazione – Enjoy your breakfast
oh, and Buon Caffé – Enjoy your coffee
Then there are …
Buon Divertimento – Have “good” fun
Buona Settimana – Have a good week
Buon Weekend – Have a good weekend
Buona Domenica – Have a good Sunday. This one is used a lot, even on Fridays and Saturdays as I can only assume people are in preparation for their “good” Sunday.
And there are the holidays …
Buon Natale – Merry Christmas
Buona Pasqua – Happy Easter
Buona Pasquetta – Happy Easter Monday (or, Happy “Little Easter”)
Buon Compleanno – Happy Birthday
Buon Onomastico – Happy Saint Day
Of course you have …
Buone Vacanze – Have a good vacation
Buon Viaggio – Have a good trip
Then there are some that just make me chuckle …
Buon Gelato – Enjoy your gelato Or good gelato? Is there any other kind?
Buona Digestione – Good digestion Hmmm ….
Buon Mare – Enjoy the beach
Buon Lavoro – Enjoy your work They say this all of the time, and I mean – come on, it’s work. Italians don’t enjoy it. Why should we?
Buon Shopping – Now we are talking
Buon Cosenza – Enjoy your trip to Cosenza
Seriously. If you can add “Buon” before the name of a city and wish someone a nice trip you can add it just about anywhere you like. The list is endless.
So tell me, what are your favorite “Buon” expressions in Italian and can you add any other chuckle-worthy expressions to my list?
Happy Love Thursday or should I say Buon Giovedi d’Amore!