To pay attention in Italian

To pay attention in Italian

Prestare attenzione
To pay attention

Literal translationTo lend attention
IPA pronunciation/preˈstaːre attenˈtsjoːne/

To pay is translated as pagare, but Italians never say pagare attenzione.

If you love Harry Potter as much as I do, you’ll remember Snape’s unforgettable first speech in the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

“Then again, maybe some of you have come to Hogwarts in possession of abilities so formidable that you feel confident enough to not pay attention!”

In the video below, you can hear that “to not pay attention” was dubbed in Italian as da non prestare attenzione.

“Tuttavia, magari alcuni di voi sono venuti a Hogwarts in possesso di abilità così formidabili da sentirsi completi abbastanza da non prestare attenzione!”

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To pay attention in Italian: Examples

Dovresti prestare attenzione a quello che dice.
You should pay attention to what he says.

Anna non presta attenzione ai dettagli.
Anna doesn’t pay attention to details.



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