How do you say SLOW in Italian?

Slow in Italian

Lento

Lento is how you translate slow into Italian.

OriginFrom the Latin word lentus, meaning “slow, foldable”
Pronunciation/ˈlɛnto/

Lento
Slow


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.

SingularPlural
MasculineLentoLenti
FeminineLentaLente
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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