Italian Idiomatic Expressions: Making Like a Parrot


I love Italian idiomatic expressions – those sayings you just can’t translate directly but which make the Italian language the colorful and charming language it is.

Today’s saying is a great example of how the Italians use descriptive phrases to say ordinary things, which always make me smile:

Sta facendo il pappagallo.

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This is an Italian way of saying, “He/she is repeating everything word for word,” but instead of just saying that literally, they use the phrase above – the direct translation of which is, “He/she is making like a parrot.” Now isn’t that more fun?

I’ll keep sharing Italian idiomatic expressions with you periodically; and if you’ve got a favorite saying, let me know!

If you like this one, check out some of the other Italian idiomatic expressions I’ve posted about, too.

Photo by: Norberto Medina Jimenez