What’s the meaning of “Sbarcare il lunario”?

In this short lesson, we will learn the meaning of the Italian idiom Sbarcare il lunario along with its pronunciation. If you sometimes struggle to make ends meet, this expression is for you!

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Sbarcare il lunario

Meaning of the idiom

Sbarcare il lunario can be literally translated as “to unload the moon almanac”. Its meaning is the same as the English expressions to make ends meet and to get by, so it’s used when you have enough money to cover your basic living expenses.

Linguistically speaking, it can be broken down into…

  • sbarcare (to unload, to disembark)
  • il (masculine singular definite article)
  • lunario (almanac, from luna, moon)
woman trying to make ends meet on a notebook

For example, you could say…

Laura riesce a sbarcare il lunario con il suo lavoro part-time.
Laura manages to make ends meet with her part-time job

È stato difficile sbarcare il lunario dopo la perdita del lavoro, ma ce l’ho fatta.
Making ends meet was tough after losing my job, but I did it.

Pronunciation of Sbarcare il lunario in Italian

Now let’s hear how this idiom is pronounced.

Sbarcare il lunario.
To make ends meet.
Literally: To unload the moon almanac.

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

Where does Sbarcare il lunario come from?

Sbarcare il lunario could be translated as “to reach the goal of letting a year pass”.

The lunario was a popular almanac that provided information on the phases of the moon, weather forecasts, country festivals, and fairs. Each page contained proverbs, sayings, poems, and pearls of wisdom.

a calendar full of notes

In this idiom, lunario means “year”. Sbarcare derives from barca, boat, and can also be translated as “bringing the boat to shore”. Bringing a boat to shore means that you have made it through that year in spite of all the obstacles you may have faced. With time, sbarcare also took on the meaning of “to survive” with the meaning of “to arrive at destination”.

Idioms with similar meanings are tirare a campare and tirare avanti la baracca.

And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian idiom Sbarcare il lunario!

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