Meaning of VOLENTIERI in Italian

Volentieri in Italian

Volentieri is an adverb. It translates into English as willingly or happily/gladly, but also sure/of course as a response to an invitation.

OriginFrom the Latin word voluntarie, “voluntarily”

Willingly, gladly; sure, of course

Starnuto in Italian: Examples

Mia figlia va a scuola volentieri.
My daughter goes to school willingly.

Prendi una birra con noi? – Volentieri!
Will you have a beer with us? – Of course!

Verrei volentieri alla festa, ma devo lavorare.
I would gladly come to the party, but I have to work.

Mio zio è una buona forchetta. Mangia volentieri.
My uncle is a good eater. He eats willingly.

You can also use other adverbs with it to form expressions like molto volentieri or ben volentieri.

Verrò molto volentieri al tuo compleanno!
I will very gladly come to your birthday!

a boy eatings a lot of food

Starnuto in Italian: How to use it

As an adverb, volentieri modifies a verb. It comes after the verb, never before it.

Ascolto volentieri musica classica.
I enjoy listening to classical music.
Literally: I listen willingly to classical music.

Lo farò io volentieri.
I will gladly do it.

You can find it in the expression spesso e volentieri, which means “very often”. Literally, it means “often and willingly”.

Spesso e volentieri mi dimentico di fare i compiti.
I forget to do my homework very often.

Vado spesso e volentieri in vacanza con la mia migliore amica.
I very often go on vacation with my best friend.

man and women running on the beach

As said, volentieri can also be used as a response to an invitation:

Vuoi un’altra tazza di tè? – Volentieri!
Would you like another cup of tea? – Sure!

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