Meaning of VOLENTIERI in Italian

What is volentieri in Italian? How do you pronounce it? How do you translate it into English?

In this lesson, we will look at how to use this word with the help of many audio recordings and example sentences. Read on to learn everything you need to know.

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How to use volentieri in Italian

Meaning of 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.

First of all, let’s hear how volentieri is pronounced.

Willingly, gladly; sure, of course

Its pronunciation is close to voh-len-TYEH-ree. If you have trouble pronouncing Italian sounds, check out the Italian pronunciation guide.

Now, let’s see some example sentences with volentieri in Italian, before we look at how to use this word.

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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

Now let’s see how to use volentieri.

Use of volentieri in Italian

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!

And that’s the end of our lesson on the meaning of volentieri in Italian!

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