How exactly do you say today in Italian?
As you will see in this lesson, there’s more than one way to translate this word in Italian. Why is that? Read on to find out!
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Most common way to say today in Italian
Oggi is the most common translation for today in Italian.
Its pronunciation is similar to ohj-jee and it comes from the Latin hodie, short form for hoc die meaning “in this day”.
Ti chiamo oggi verso sera. Ora devo andare!
I’ll call you today around evening. I have to go now!
Oggi sei impegnato? Vorrei che mi aiutassi a riparare la rete.
Are you busy today? I would like you to help me repair the net.
Avevo intenzione di andare al mare oggi, ma poi ha iniziato a piovere.
I was planning on going to the beach today, but then it started to rain.
Today with parts of the day
You can use oggi together with pomeriggio, afternoon, to say this afternoon, literally translated as “today afternoon”.
You can also say questo pomeriggio, literally “this afternoon”.
Oggi pomeriggio ho da fare. Posso venire da te domani mattina.
I’m busy this afternoon. I can come over tomorrow morning.
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Expressions with today in Italian
If for some reason you want to stress that you will be doing something today, there’s a number of expressions (modi di dire, “ways of saying”) that you can use, for example…
Literally: Today itself
Non posso aspettare fino a domani. Devo svuotare la libreria oggi stesso.
I can’t wait until tomorrow. I have to empty the bookcase today.
Literally: Just today
Perché hai deciso proprio oggi di voler ridipingere camera tua?
Why did you just decide today that you wanted to repaint your room?
Literally: This today
La lezione di quest’oggi sarà molto più interessante delle precedenti.
Today’s lecture will be much more interesting than the previous ones.
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Oggi can also mean nowadays.
Al giorno d’oggi
Literally: At today’s day
Al giorno d’oggi non è facile crescere un figlio.
Nowadays it is not easy to raise a child.
Oggigiorno è difficile scegliere cosa comprare.
Nowadays it is difficult to choose what to buy.
Sayings with today in Italian
Let’s wrap up our lesson with a few sayings (proverbi, from the singular proverbio) that feature the word for today in Italian. For each expression you will find the translation into English and a literal meaning.
Non rimandare a domani quello che puoi fare oggi
Never put off till tomorrow what can be done today
Literally: Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today
Meglio un uovo oggi che una gallina domani
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
Literally: Better an egg today than a chicken tomorrow
Oggi a me, domani a te
Your day will come
Literally: Today to me, tomorrow to you
Oggi qui, domani là
Here today, gone tomorrow
Literally: Today here, tomorrow there
Dall’oggi al domani
All of a sudden, within a single day
Literally: From today to tomorrow
That’s it, now you know how to say today in Italian!
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