How do you say SLOW in Italian?

Slow in Italian


Lento is how you translate slow into Italian.

OriginFrom the Latin word lentus, meaning “slow, foldable”


Slow in Italian: Different forms

Like all other adjectives in Italian, lento needs to match the gender (masculine or feminine) and the number (singular or plural) of the noun.

man slowed down by a slimy substance

Slow in Italian: Examples

La connessione a Internet è molto lenta.
The Internet connection is very slow.

La tartaruga è un animale lento.
A turtle is a slow animal.

Questo libro è troppo lento. Non succede mai niente!
This book is too slow. Nothing ever happens!

I progressi sono lenti, ma l’importante è andare avanti.
Progress is slow, but the important thing is to move forward.

woman looking at a chart on a computer

Slow in Italian: Expressions

There are many idioms featuring the word for slow in Italian. Let’s see a few:

  • essere lento come una lumaca (to be as slow as a snail)
  • cuocere a fuoco lento (to cook on low heat)
  • a passo lento (at a slow/leisurely pace)
  • essere lento di comprendonio (to be slow at grasping things)

For example, you can say…

La carne va cotta a fuoco lento per almeno venti minuti.
The meat should be cooked on low heat for at least 20 minutes.

Camminavamo a passo lento lungo la spiaggia.
We walked at a leisurely pace along the beach.

Luigi è lento come una lumaca.
Luigi is as slow as a snail.

a smiling snail

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