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Italian Text and Internet Slang: 75 Terms

Texting or chatting with native Italian speakers is a great way to practice your language skills.

You get to use your new vocabulary and informal phrases without the pressure of speaking in person.

But you might be caught off guard by some Italian text or internet slang that you haven’t seen in your textbook or even on a language learning app. 

In this post, you’ll learn over 75 Italian slang terms and abbreviations that native Italians use when chatting online or by text. 

No matter what level you’re at, this guide will be useful for your future Italian communications!

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The Letter “K”

While the letter “k” isn’t in the Italian alphabet, the Italians still make use of its presence on their keyboard. In these slang words, it indicates the same sound as it has in English.

It replaces the more complex “h” that Italian spelling rules sometimes require between the “c” and the vowel ( ca, co, che, chi, cu ).

Internet/Text SlangStandard ItalianEnglish Translation
k or kichiwho, what
kechewhat, that
kmcomehow
knconwith
kscosawhat, thing
ksìcosìso, therefore
ankeanchealso
xkè or xkperchéwhy, because
kiakkierachiacchierachit-chat, small talk

The Letters “C” and “Q”

The “c” is called ci  (with a hard “ch” sound) and can thus be used by itself.

You’ve probably already noticed from these examples that vowels tend to get eliminated in internet chat spellings. This is especially true of the letter “u” after a “q.”

Internet/Text SlangStandard ItalianEnglish Translation
ccithere
c6?sei ci?are you there?
qlkqualchesome, a few
qlk1qualcunosomeone
qndquandowhen
qndiquinditherefore
qntquantohow much
qstquestothis
qlsqualcosasomething
qlcnqualcunosomeone, somebody, anyone, anybody

The Letter “X” 

One potentially confusing very common abbreviation is “x” for per (for, by, etc.). To understand why, you need to see how per is used in math:

x 4=20 (said as: cinque per quattro fa venti )

You can thus use “x” anywhere you would use per, as well as in these bigger words that contain the letters per together:

Internet/Text SlangStandard ItalianEnglish Translation
xkèperchébecause
xciòperciòtherefore, for this reason
xhper orafor now
peròbut
xsonapersonaperson
sxosperoI hope
sxiamosperiamowe hope
xfettoperfettoperfect
xmessopermessopermission
+ - xpiù o meno permore or less

It helps to see that last one in a larger context:

Sarò da te +-x le 4 — Sarò da te più o meno per le 4. — I’ll be at your place at about 4:00.

Other Common Abbreviations Used in Italian Texting

This series of abbreviations doesn’t follow any particular rules except that they tend to eliminate vowels:

Internet/Text SlangStandard ItalianEnglish Translation
allrallorathen, so
brvbravo, brava, bravi, bravegood
brvximo, brvxima, brvximi, brvximebravissimo, bravissima, bravissimi, bravissimevery good, excellent
cmqcomunqueanyway, however, in any case
ddiof, them
midimi dispiaceI'm sorry
pfvper favoreplease
grzgraziethanks
prgpregoyou’re welcome
nnnonnot
nntnientenothing, anything
tntantoa lot, much, long time
risprispondianswer
proxprossimanext
ggoggi, giornotoday, day
stasstaserathis evening
dmdomanitomorrow
c sentci sentiamowe'll talk later
dpdopoafter
bstbastastop
drdireto say
dv 6?dove sei?where are you?
dxdestraright (this is also a medical abbreviation, and not simply for the internet)
sxsinistraleft
frsforsemaybe
mmt+mi manchi tantissimoI miss you so much
num, nm or nrnumeronumber
msgmessaggiomessage
scsscusasorry
slsoloonly, just
smprsemprealways
snsonoI am, they are
t tel + trdti telefono più tardiI'll call you later
t km dpti chiamo dopoI'll call you later
tttutto, tuttiall, everybody, everyone
trnqui or trnqitranquillorelax (this is very Milanese)
trptroppotoo much
vlvvolevoI would like, I wanted
-malemeno malethank goodness, "phew" (used to express relief)
bimbominkia / bimbaminkia (m./f.)bambino/a minchiaA disparaging slang term used to describe a young person who's immature or annoying. Often refers to their misuse of grammar and overuse of abbreviations and emojis.

Another common occurrence in Italian text slang is removing the final vowel from direct object pronouns. Here are some examples:

Italian Text Slang for Expressing Your Feelings

You’ll notice lots of dropped vowels occur in these very common expressions of affection:

Internet/Text SlangStandard ItalianEnglish Translation
tvbti voglio beneI like you, I care about you (not generally romantic)
tvtbti voglio tanto beneI like you so much (getting more affectionate but generally still not romantic)
tvtttttbti voglio tanto tanto tanto tanto...beneAn exaggeration of the above, with as many "t's" as desired, and is possibly getting closer to an "I love you" (ti amo)
t.a.ti amoI love you
t.a.t.ti amo tantoI love you a lot
bcbacikisses

Reactions, Emojis and Symbols for Italian Texting

While the following aren’t necessarily universal to all languages, they’re common to both English and Italian. You should feel free to use them and know that your Italian friends will understand.

  • Laughing (risate): lol, haha, hahaha, hehehe/hihihi 
  • Emojis and symbols such as:
    • :) — the smile (il sorriso) or smiley face (faccia sorridente)
    • ;) — The wink, known in Italian as strizzare l’occhio, fare l’occhiolino or fare l’occhietto. Note that Italians wink in conversation much more than English speakers do as a signal of common understanding, and not simply for flirting.
    • Xoxoxoxo, :* or :*** — kisses (baci)

One expression with a slightly different meaning between Italian and English is raising both eyebrows. As an English speaker, you might think of this as an expression of surprise. But for Italians, it often indicates superiority or that someone seems to have come out on top in a particular story. 

You may see it online or in a text as two caret symbols: 

  • ^^alzare le sopracciglia — to raise the eyebrows

 

With this Italian text slang, you’ll be able to follow along wherever you’re communicating in the digital world. 

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