How do you translate to take a break in Italian?
In this lesson, we’ll take a look at this very expression, also known as collocation, and even talk about the different kinds of breaks in Italian.
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To take a break in Italian
First of all, let’s translate to take a break in Italian.
Fare una pausa
To take a break
It’s interesting to learn that to take a break can also be translated as prendersi una pausa, which uses the reflexive verb prendersi, “to take oneself”. The two expressions are interchangeable, although prendersi una pausa is more colloquial.
Prendersi una pausa
To take (oneself) a break
To take a break in Italian – Let’s break it down!
Fare una pausa literally means to do a break.
To do, to make
Sono stanco. Facciamo una pausa?
I’m tired. Shall we take a break?
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It’s a common mistake even for some native speakers to say “voi facete”. It sounds so natural, doesn’t it? However, this is a BIG mistake. So remember: the correct conjugation is voi fate!
You will find fare in a huge number of expressions. Some of them are:
Fare una domanda
To ask a question
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Fare i compiti
To do the homework
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To be early/late
For example, you could say:
Posso farti una domanda?
Can I ask you a question?
Michela fa i compiti in autonomia.
Michela does her homework independently.
Ieri ho fatto tardi al lavoro.
I was late for work yesterday.
We said that the translation of to take a break in Italian is fare una pausa. Pausa is a feminine noun.
Some common breaks in Italian are:
For example, you can say…
Ora sono in pausa pranzo. Chiamami più tardi.
I am now on my lunch break. Call me later.
La pausa estiva dura quasi tre mesi.
The summer break lasts almost three months.
I miei colleghi fanno almeno una pausa caffè durante la giornata.
My colleagues take at least one coffee break during the day.
There is also the expression pausa di riflessione, which is translated into English as “time to reflect”:
Devo prendermi una pausa di riflessione. Ti farò sapere.
I need to take some time to reflect. I will let you know.
The pausa caffè is also known as pausa sigaretta, “cigarette break”. Do you take a cigarette break where you live?
To take a break in Italian – Examples
Non farò alcuna pausa finché non avrò finito.
I will not take any break until I am finished.
Lorenza fa sempre una breve pausa verso le undici.
Lorenza always takes a short break around 11 o’clock.
Lavoro ininterrottamente da quasi otto ore. Devo fare una pausa.
I have been working continuously for almost eight hours. I need to take a break.
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