Alzare la voce

Alzare la voce in Italian

Alzare la voce
To raise your voice

Literal translationTo raise the voice
MeaningTo get angry and shout
IPA pronunciation/alˈtsaːre la ˈvɔːtʃe/

Where does this 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.

man scolding a child

For example, you can 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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