How exactly do you say now in Italian?
As you will see in this lesson, there’s actually more than one way of translating this word depending on the intended meaning and situation.
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How do you say now in Italian?
Adesso is how you most commonly translate now into Italian.
For example, you could say…
Adesso vivi a Boston, giusto?
You live in Boston now, don’t you?
Ho fatto una colazione abbondante, quindi adesso non ho molta fame.
I had a huge breakfast, so I’m not really very hungry now.
Al mattino il cielo era sereno, adesso è nuvoloso.
In the morning, the sky was clear; now it’s cloudy.
Ora has two meanings in Italian. Depending on the context, it can either be a noun or an adverb.
- l’ora, the hour
- ora, meaning now, at this moment
Ora non abbiamo tempo per questo.
We have no time for that now.
Ora abbiamo bisogno di un buon leader.
What we need now is a good leader.
Ora possiamo andare?
Can we go now?
Ora also translates time in the question che ora è? or che ore sono?, meaning what time is it?.
Che ora è?
What time is it?
Literally: What hour is it?
Che ore sono?
What time is it?
Literally: What hours are they?
Mi sapresti dire che ore sono, per favore?
Could you tell me what time it is, please?
Adesso and ora are perfectly interchangeable when translating now in Italian, but you cannot use adesso to translate “the hour”.
You can also use or ora, or proprio ora, to emphasize that something is occurring right now.
Right now, just now
Proprio ora, however, is much more common than or ora, which is a more literary translation for right now in Italian.
Sono tornato proprio ora dal supermercato. Ti serviva qualcosa?
I came back just now from the supermarket. Did you need anything?
Il treno sta arrivando proprio ora in stazione.
The train is just now coming into the station.
In questo momento/istante
You can also say right now in Italian using the expressions in questo momento or in questo istante, respectively translating to in this moment and in this instant. Momento and istante are both masculine nouns.
In questo momento
Right now, at this moment
In questo istante
Right now, in this instant
In questo momento sono impegnata, ma fra dieci minuti sono da te.
I am busy right now, but in ten minutes I’ll be at your place.
You can also use al momento, meaning at the moment.
At the moment
Non è a casa al momento.
He isn’t at home at the moment.
Scusami, ma al momento ho molto da fare.
Sorry, but I’ve got a lot to do at the moment.
Subito is more commonly translated as at once! or now! when used as an exclamation (like a mother ordering their child to clean their room NOW).
It’s not used as a translation for now in Italian with the meaning of “in the present time”.
Arrivo subito, dammi un minuto!
I’m coming right now, give me a minute!
Dobbiamo andarcene subito da qui.
We need to get out of here right now.
Immediatamente is similar to subito because it’s used to say now in Italian only when you or someone wants something to be done immediately. It’s still a useful word to know.
Il ladro è stato immediatamente catturato.
The thief was immediately caught.
Luca! Vieni qui immediatamente!
Luca! Come here immediately!
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Al giorno d’oggi
Literally: At today’s day
Al giorno d’oggi non è facile crescere un figlio.
Nowadays it is not easy to raise a child.
Oggigiorno è difficile scegliere cosa comprare.
Nowadays it is difficult to choose what to buy.
Expressions with now in Italian
Let’s wrap up our lesson with a couple of expressions (espressioni, from the singular espressione) that feature the word for now in Italian.
D’ora in poi
From now on
Literally: From now in then
D’ora in poi farò il bravo, promesso!
I will be good from now on, I promise!
D’ora in avanti
From now on
Literally: From now in forward
D’ora in avanti, dovrai essere responsabile di quello che fai.
From now on, you must be responsible for what you do.
Dove sei stato finora?
Where have you been until now?
Rimani in macchina, per ora.
Stay in the car for now.
And that’s it, now you know how to say now in Italian!
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