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What does “allora” mean in Italian?

You can’t spend a day walking around Italy without hearing “allora” at least once. Many people look it up on Google Translate, which says it means “at that time.” While this translation is partly correct, it often doesn’t fit. That’s why you’re here to learn more about this mysterious word.

Right off the bat, “allora” is a filler word. Use it in your conversations, and you’ll sound more like a native Italian. For example, “Allora, let’s talk about the meaning of the word, huh?”

Meanings of “allora”

“Allora” primarily means “So,” “Thus,” or “As a consequence.” “Allora” can also be used to check in on someone without saying anything else. Add a sweet melody to your voice, and a quick and easy way to “How are things?” springs out.

But beware, because “allora” can also express impatience. When your dog doesn’t obey, you hit with the classic “Allora!”

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So, by knowing these meanings, there will be many daily situations where you can slip into an “allora.”

Origins of “allora”

“Allora” comes from Latin and is made up of three parts – “a,” which means “to” or “at,” “la,” which means “the,” and “ora,” which means “hour.” So, in a very literal sense, Google Translate is correct. “Allora” could mean “at that hour” or “at that time.”

Incorporating “allora” into your conversations

Once you start using “allora,” you’ll never go back. It adds Italian seasoning to your sentences.

For example, instead of “I’m hungry,” why not try “Sono affamato, allora dovrei mangiare qualcosa?”

“Allora” is a constant reminder of all things Italian. But don’t overdo it.

How to sound more Italian?

Sprinkle some “allora” into your daily life. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try throwing in a few Italian hand gestures for good measure. Nothing says “I speak Italian,” like mixing “allora” with a well-timed hand gesture.

Besides incorporating “allora,” you’ve got to start paying attention to the words Italians use a lot. And then also incorporate them into your daily speech. But how can you do this? Would you need to find a list of the 1,000 most popular words in Italian? That would help. But the most efficient way to incorporate expressions into your speech is to find a reliable source to imitate. And I’m not talking about those sketchy language apps that sound like they’re using a robot translator. Find somebody who speaks the language. You know, someone who can say “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” without any difficulty.

But not all of us have access to a native speaker. Maybe you’re stuck with your friend who only took one semester of Italian in college and now thinks he’s an expert. So, if you don’t have native speakers around you to learn Italian, you need to check out this platform.

Absorb from natives the flow of the language. And faster than you may think, people around you will believe you’re a native too.

Wrapping Up!

Continue practicing Italian with “allora” and any other expression you like. Find natives to copy and imitate. And remember: when in doubt, say “allora” and see where it takes you. Ciao for now!

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