How do you translate the expression to take a shower in Italian?
In this lesson, we are going to take a look at this very expression, also known as collocation, and even talk about what types of showers there are in Italian and what words you’re likely to hear when you take a shower.
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To take a shower in Italian
First of all, let’s translate to take a shower in Italian.
Fare la doccia
To take a shower
You can also find this expression as farsi la doccia, literally to do oneself a shower.
Farsi la doccia
To take a shower
Literally: To do oneself a shower
To take a bath, on the other hand, would be fare il bagno.
Fare il bagno
To take a bath
Literally: To do a bath
To take a shower in Italian – Let’s break it down!
Fare la doccia literally means to do the shower.
To do, to make
It can also be written as fare una doccia or farsi una doccia, which means to do a shower or to do oneself a shower.
All these ways of saying to take a shower in Italian are interchangeable.
Young people also use docciarsi (to shower), but it’s a very colloquial expression that should not be used in formal situations.
Mi sono fatto la/una doccia.
I took a shower.
Fare is a verb of the first -are group and happens to be the most common verb in the Italian language. Its indicativo presente conjugation is irregular and is as follows.
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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? But it 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:
To be late
Fare il letto
To make the bed
Fare i compiti
To do the homework
For example, you could say:
Luca fa spesso tardi a scuola.
Luca is often late for school.
Faccio il letto ogni mattina.
I make the bed every morning.
Mio figlio deve fare molti compiti.
My son has to do a lot of homework.
Mi fa male un dente!
My tooth hurts!
We said that the translation for to take a shower in Italian is fare la doccia. Doccia is a feminine noun. It is often followed by certain adjectives.
La doccia è rotta!
The shower is broken!
Sto per farmi una doccia.
I’m going to take a shower.
L’uomo si fa una doccia.
The man is taking a shower.
There are many kinds of showers. Some you may find in Italian are…
Fare una doccia calda
To take a hot shower
Fare una doccia fredda
To take a cold shower
Doccia fredda in Italian can mean either cold shower or wet blanket, depending on the context.
La notizia è arrivata come una doccia fredda.
The news came as a wet blanket.
Meteor shower is another word that doesn’t translate well into Italian. We actually say sciame di meteore, which means “meteor swarm”!
Sciame di meteore
Literally: Swarm of meteors
And baby shower in Italian… translates to baby shower. It is borrowed from English and is a masculine noun.
Il baby shower
The baby shower
As we’ve seen, people who want to relax can also take a bath, which in Italian translates as fare un bagno. Bagno is a masculine noun.
In questo bagno manca una doccia.
This bathroom lacks a shower.
In Italian, there’s no difference between bath and bathroom: they are both translated as bagno!
What do you need to take a shower in Italian? You need sapone, soap, bagnoschiuma, body wash or sciampo/shampoo, shampoo. Maybe you prefer baths. In that case, you can even let a few paperelle di gomma, rubber ducks, float on the surface of the water!
Questo bagnoschiuma ha un ottimo profumo.
This body wash smells great.
To take a shower in Italian – Examples
Quante volte ti fai la doccia alla settimana?
How often do you take a shower in a week?
Credo che farsi la doccia due volte al giorno sia un po’ eccessivo.
I think that showering twice a day is a bit too much.
Faccio la doccia tutti i giorni.
I take a shower every day.
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