What’s the meaning of “Chi si somiglia si piglia”?

In this short lesson, we will learn the meaning of the Italian proverb Chi si somiglia si piglia along with its pronunciation. Do you have a BFF? Then this idiom is for you.

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Chi si somiglia si piglia

Meaning of the proverb

Chi si somiglia si piglia can be literally translated as “those who look alike choose each other”. It is equivalent to the English idiom birds of a feather flock together. It means that people who have similar interests or characteristics often become friends or spend time together.

Linguistically speaking, this idiom can be broken down into…

  • chi (who)
  • si somiglia (looks alike, from the reflexive verb somigliarsi)
  • si piglia (chooses each other, from the colloquial verb pigliarsi)
girl with an imaginary friend

For example, you can say:

Marta e Lorenza amano viaggiare insieme. Chi si somiglia si piglia!
Marta and Lorenza love to travel together. Birds of a feather flock together!


Pronunciation of Chi si somiglia si piglia in Italian

Now let’s hear how this proverb is pronounced.

Chi si somiglia si piglia.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Literally: Those who look alike choose each other.

You may have trouble pronouncing the -gl- cluster. If you need help with Italian pronunciation, check out the lesson on the Italian alphabet and pronunciation.


Where does Chi si somiglia si piglia come from?

There’s another Italian proverb that goes, gli opposti si attraggono, “opposites attract”, which says the exact opposite!

Actually, this idiom has it right. It likely developed as people noticed that individuals with similar characteristics, interests, or traits tend to become friends or form relationships. Only opposite magnets, calamite, attract each other!

a red magnet

And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian proverb Chi si somiglia si piglia!


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