What’s the meaning of “Ride bene chi ride ultimo”?

In this short lesson, we will learn the meaning of the Italian proverb Ride bene chi ride ultimo along with its pronunciation. Prepare your jaw muscles for a big laugh!

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Ride bene chi ride ultimo

Meaning of the proverb

Ride bene chi ride ultimo can be literally translated as “he who laughs last laughs well”, meaning that your luck could turn at any moment, so before you start celebrating your new victory, make sure you are really, really confident that you are going to win at all. It’s the Italian equivalent of the English idiom he who laughs last laughs best.

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This proverb is often used in challenges where people compete against each other. In a race, it’s never too late, non è mai troppo tardi, to enjoy a victory!

Linguistically, this idiom can be broken down into…

  • ride (“it laughs”, from ridere, to laugh)
  • bene (well)
  • chi ride (who laughs)
  • ultimo (last)

Pensi di aver già vinto? Ride bene chi dire ultimo!
Do you think you have already won? He who laughs last laughs best!

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Pronunciation of the proverb

Now let’s hear how this proverb is pronounced.

Ride bene chi ride ultimo.
He who laughs last laughs best.
Literally: He who laughs last laughs well.

If you need help learning Italian pronunciation, check out the lesson on the Italian alphabet and pronunciation.

And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian proverb Ride bene chi ride ultimo!


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