To do the homework in Italian

How do you translate to do the homework in Italian?

In this lesson, we’ll take a look at this very expression, also known as collocation, and we will also look at a few verbs you can use to talk about tasks.

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To do the homework in Italian

First of all, let’s translate to do the homework in Italian.

Fare i compiti
To do the homework

Another way to say this is fare i compiti a casa, but fare i compiti is much more common.

Fare i compiti a casa
To do the homework

boy frantically doing homework

To do the homework in Italian – Let’s break it down!

Fare i compiti literally means to do the tasks. A casa means “at home”.

To do, to make

I compiti
The tasks

For example, you could say…

Mio figlio non fa mai i compiti.
My son never does his homework.

La maestra ci dà da fare un sacco di compiti a casa.
The teacher gives us a lot of homework to do.


Fare is a verb of the first -are group and it happens to be the most common verb in the Italian language. Its indicativo presente conjugation is irregular and is as follows.

lui, leifa

It’s a common mistake even for some native speakers to say “voi facete”. It sounds so natural, doesn’t it? However, this is a BIG mistake. So remember: the correct conjugation is voi fate!

You will find fare in a huge number of expressions. Some of them are:

Fare la spesa
To do the shopping

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Fare presto/tardi
To be early/late

Fare una domanda
To ask a question

For example, you could say:

Faccio la spesa ogni martedì.
I do the shopping every Tuesday.

Paolo non fa mai domande.
Paul never asks questions.

Martina fa spesso tardi al lavoro.
Martina is often late for work.

businesswoman running to work


We said that the translation for to do the homework in Italian is fare i compiti. Compito is a masculine noun. Its main meaning is “task”.

Un compito
A task, a single homework

Dei compiti
Some tasks/homework

Il compito
The task, the single homework

I compiti
The tasks/homework

man worried about medical expenses

Some common verbs that are used with compito in Italian are:

Svolgere un compito
To carry out a task

Rifiutare un compito
To refuse to do a task

Assegnare/affidare un compito
To assign a task

For example, you could say…

Non ho mai rifiutato i compiti più faticosi.
I have never refused the most difficult tasks.

Pulire le finestre non è un compito piacevole, ma va svolto.
Cleaning windows is not a pleasant task, but it must be done.

School tests and quizzes are commonly called compiti in classe, “tasks in [the] classroom”.

kids taking a school test

To do the homework in Italian – Examples

A mia figlia piace molto fare i compiti.
My daughter really likes doing her homework.

Monica non finisce mai i compiti prima delle dieci di sera.
Monica never finishes her homework before ten o’clock at night.

Non posso uscire a giocare. Ho troppi compiti da fare!
I can’t go out and play. I have too much homework to do!

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