How do you translate the expression to take a shower in Italian?
In this lesson we’ll take a look at this very expression, also known as collocation, and will even talk about what kind of different showers are there in Italian and what words you are likely to hear when taking a shower or a bubbly bath.
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To take a shower in Italian
First things first, let’s translate to take a shower in Italian.
Fare la doccia
To take a shower
You may 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 this up!
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, meaning to do a shower or to do oneself a shower.
All these expressions for saying to take a shower in Italian are interchangeable.
Among young people, docciarsi (to shower) is also used, but it’s a very colloquial expression that you should refrain from using in formal settings.
Mi sono fatto la/una doccia.
I took a shower.
Fare is a verb of the first -are group and it happens to be the most common verb in the Italian language. Its indicativo presente conjugation is irregular and is as follows.
It’s a common mistake even for some native speakers to say “voi facete”. It sounds so natural, doesn’t it? This is a BIG mistake though, so remember: the correct conjugation is voi fate!
You will find fare in a huge number of expressions. Some of these 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 a descriptive adjective.
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 takes a shower.
There are many kinds of shower. 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 either mean cold shower or wet blanket depending on 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, meaning “meteor swarm”!
Sciame di meteore
Literally: Meteor swarm
And baby shower in Italian… translates to baby shower. It is borrowed from English and it is a masculine noun.
Il baby shower
The baby shower
As we’ve seen, people who want to relax can also take a bath, translated as fare un bagno in Italian. 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 could you need while you take a shower in Italian? You need sapone, soap, bagnoschiuma, body wash or sciampo, 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 many times do you take a shower in a week?
Credo che farsi la doccia due volte al giorno sia un po’ eccessivo.
I think that taking a shower twice a day is a little too much.
Faccio la doccia tutti i giorni.
I take a shower every day.
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