How do you say mind your own business in Italian?

How exactly do you say mind your own business in Italian? What is more appropriate to say depending on the relationship between you and the other person?

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 mind your own business in Italian?

Singular: Fatti gli affari tuoi!

Fatti gli affari tuoi is the translation for mind your own business in Italian when you are speaking to someone you are on familiar terms with. It literally translates as “do your own business”.

Use this with your friends and your Uncle Sam, DO NOT use this with strangers. The sentence itself is very rude, and using fatti gli affari tuoi makes it sound even more rude!

Fatti gli affari tuoi!
Mind your own business!
(singular, informal)

Fatti is the second-person singular conjugation of the reflexive verb farsi, “to do/make oneself”, in the imperative mood.

io
tufatti
lui, leisi faccia
noifacciamoci
voifatevi
lorosi facciano

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For example, you could say…

Non facciamoci illusioni: non abbiamo possibilità di vincere la partita.
Let’s not delude ourselves: we have no chance of winning the game.

Nessuno ha votato per Lorenzo. Si faccia due domande sul perché.
Nobody voted for Lorenzo. Let him ask himself a few questions about why.

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Now, what do you have to say to say mind your own business in Italian to a group of people? You will need to conjugate the verb farsi in the second person plural. Let’s see what this form is in the next paragraph.


Plural: Fatevi gli affari vostri!

Fatevi gli affari vostri is the translation for mind your own business in Italian when you are speaking to a group of more than one person.

Fatevi gli affari vostri
Mind your own business
(plural)

In Italian, unlike English, there are two kinds of “you”. There is a singular “you” and then there is a plural “you”. If you are addressing a group, you will need to conjugate any verb or pronoun accordingly.

Look again at the conjugation table. The subject pronoun for the second person plural is voi, and its farsi verb conjugation is fatevi.

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But there’s another thing to consider: the possessive adjective at the end of the sentence. All adjectives in Italian must match the gender and number of the noun. Tuoi is the masculine adjective for the singular you. Vostri is the masculine adjective for the plural you.

Now, how do you say mind your own business in Italian when you need to be polite (but is that even possible?)? Read on to find out!


Polite: Si faccia gli affari suoi!

If you are just visiting Italy and often meet new people, unless you both agree to use the informal pronoun tu, you will have to stick to the polite pronoun Lei when talking to other adults and people you are not familiar with. With children, it’s customary to use tu regardless of familiarity.

This is the English equivalent of she. Basically, when speaking formally, Italians address each other with the subject “she”, lei.

That said, how do you formally say mind your own business in Italian?

Si faccia gli affari suoi!
Mind your own business!
(singular, polite)

Of course, you can add a per favore, please, but that does not make it sound any friendlier…

Si faccia gli affari suoi, per favore!
Mind your own business please!
(singular, polite)

And that’s the end of our lesson on how to ask mind your own business in Italian in all situations!


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