What’s the meaning of “Alzare la voce”?

In this short lesson, we will learn the meaning of the Italian saying Alzare la voce along with its pronunciation. If you have an aggressive personality, this idiom is for you.

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Alzare la voce

Meaning of the expression

Alzare la voce can be literally translated as “to raise the voice”, which is the equivalent of the English expression… to raise your voice. It couldn’t get any easier!

This saying is often used to describe someone who is getting angry.

It comes from alzare, which means to raise, and voce, which means voice.

For example, you could say…

Mio padre alza spesso la voce.
My father often raises his voice.

Il ragazzo alzò la voce per farsi sentire dall’altro lato della strada.
The boy raised his voice so that he could be heard from the other side of the street.

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Pronunciation of Alzare la voce in Italian

Now let’s hear how this expression is pronounced.

Alzare la voce
To raise your voice
Literally: To raise the voice.

If you need help with Italian pronunciation, check out the lesson on the Italian alphabet and pronunciation.

Where does Alzare la voce come from?

When we get angry, we want to make sure our voice is heard. We want to dominate the conversation.

We want to be right (avere ragione) even when we are wrong. Raising our voices is such a natural instinct that this expression is shared in both Italian and English.

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And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian saying Alzare la voce!

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