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Italian word of the day: 'Primavera'

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Italian word of the day: 'Primavera'
11:21 CET+01:00
Spring has sprung here in Italy and we've got a few phrases to help you talk about it.

Some people are surprised by just how cold winter can get in Italy, so it's always a relief when the spring sunshine arrives.

And today's word, primavera, means spring  - as well as being the name of Botticelli's infamous Renaissance painting.

Here are a few examples of how you can use this noun in a sentence.

- La primavera è la mia stagione preferita

- Spring is my favourite season

- È stato il primo giorno di primavera

- It was the first day of spring

- la primavera è finalmente arrivata

- Spring has finally arrived

- Le mie allergie si infiamma ogni primavera

- My allergies flare up every spring

You might see the word used in other contexts to mean the 'beginning' of something.

- la primavera di una civiltà

- the beginning of a civilization

And while 'spring' has several meanings in English, you'll need different words for all of them in Italian.

For example, a water spring is una sorgente or una fonte, and the verb 'to spring' would be scattare or sorgere.

Do you have a favourite Italian word, phrase or expression you'd like us to feature? If so, please email our editor Jessica Phelan with your suggestion.

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