How exactly do you say it’s raining in Italian?
In this lesson, we will take a look at the different ways you can translate this sentence into Italian. Read on to learn them all!
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How do you say it’s raining in Italian?
Piove is how you most commonly translate it’s raining into Italian.
This common sentence in Italian is made of just one element.
Piove a catinelle. Vado a chiudere le persiane.
It’s raining dogs and cats. I’ll go close the shutters.
Piove comes from piovere, to rain, which belongs to the second -ere group. Its indicativo presente conjugation is as follows.
Present tense conjugation for piovere
This verb is usually found in the third person singular as an impersonal verb, it rains, as people don’t normally “rain”.
A giudicare dal cielo, pioverà presto.
Judging from the sky, it will rain soon.
Piovve per ore e ore.
It rained for hours and hours.
From piovere comes la pioggia, the rain.
Piove is not the only way to say it’s raining in Italian, however. Keep reading to find out why!
If you want to stress that it’s raining in this very moment, you can use sta piovendo, literally “it stays raining”.
The gerund tense in Italian uses the verb stare, to stay, while English uses to be. Sta is basically the third person singular present conjugation of stare (that’s a mouthful!).
Present tense conjugation for stare
Less common ways to say it’s raining in Italian
Piove and sta piovendo are not the only translations for this sentence. Although less common, there are other ways you can say it’s raining outside, such as è piovoso and c’è la pioggia.
Piovoso directly translates rainy.
C’è la pioggia literally means “there is rain”.
C’è la pioggia.
9 times out of 10, however, you will either hear piove or sta piovendo.
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Kinds of rain in Italian
Last but not least, I’d like to teach you a few words and expressions you can use for describing rain in Italian.
To rain heavily
Fuori sta piovendo molto forte. È meglio che tu esca più tardi.
It is raining very heavily outside. You’d better go out later.
Piovere a dirotto
To rain dogs and cats
Piove a dirotto da due ore.
It has been pouring rain for two hours.
Piovere a catinelle
To rain dogs and cats
Literally: To rain in basins
If the rain is bad enough, you can ditch piovere and use a stronger verb, like diluviare (to pour). If the rain is pretty light, you can use a weaker verb such as piovigginare, to drizzle.
Fuori diluvia e il gatto non è ancora tornato.
It’s pouring outside and the cat is not back yet.
Sta solo piovigginando. Basterà un piccolo ombrello.
It’s just drizzling. A small umbrella will suffice.
And that’s it, now you know how to say it’s raining in Italian in all its forms!
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