Il Viaggio Verso L'Italia

Learning Italian, Phrase by Simple Phrase

October 2, 2017

A domani!

See you tomorrow!

a = to, as in, (I look forward) to

domani = tomorrow

So the literal translation is probably closer to "Until tomorrow," similar to Spanish hasta mañana, meaning "until tomorrow." I suspect that this would be really useful if I actually lived in Italy or spent more than a handful of days there! A similar phrase is a presto, which translates to "see you soon."

Other words worth knowing along this line are oggi, meaning today, and ieri, meaning yesterday. Something that I found fascinating was that in Sicily, people don't usually speak in the future tense, even in Italian. Typically, the present tense is used and through context, it is understood that it refers to some time in the future. An example of this was the message that my Sicilian friend D. sent me before we met up, Ci vediamo presto, meaning "We (will) see each other soon." A domani!