What’s the meaning of “Leggere tra le righe”?

In this short lesson, we will learn the meaning of the Italian idiom Leggere tra le righe along with its pronunciation. If you are highly perceptive, this expression is for you!

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Leggere tra le righe

Meaning of the idiom

Leggere tra le righe can be literally translated as “to read between the lines“. Its meaning is the same as that English expression, used in Italian to convey the idea of understanding an implicit or hidden meaning in what someone is saying or writing. It implies grasping the unspoken message or subtext.

Linguistically speaking, it can be broken down into…

  • leggere (to read)
  • tra (between)
  • le (the, feminine plural)
  • righe (lines, plural of riga, line or row)
woman inviting to write on a blank paper

For example, you could say…

La sua risposta era vaga, ma leggendo tra le righe si capiva la sua preoccupazione.
His answer was vague, but reading between the lines, you could sense his concern.

In un romanzo, spesso il significato più profondo si trova leggendo tra le righe.
In a novel, the deeper meaning is often found by reading between the lines.

Pronunciation of Leggere tra le righe in Italian

Now let’s hear how this idiom is pronounced.

Leggere tra le righe.
To read between the lines.

If you need help with Italian pronunciation, check out the lesson on the Italian alphabet and pronunciation.

Where does Leggere tra le righe come from?

There are blank spaces between lines in a written text, testo.

If you can “read” these lines, it means you can understand the hidden message of a text, something that is not written nero su bianco, that isn’t clearly stated in black and white. You can read the subtext, the sottotesto.

text on white paper

And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian idiom Leggere tra le righe!

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