The verb ‘fare’ literally translates as ‘to do’ or ‘to make’, but depending on the context it can also mean ‘to have’, ‘to take’, ‘to go’, ‘to be’, ‘to let’. It is one of the most commonly used verbs in Italian.

It is an irregular verb and in the present tense it is conjugated:

Io faccio

Tu fai

Lui / Lei fa

Noi facciamo

Voi fate

Loro fanno

 

The past participle is also irregular, and is ‘fatto’.

 

Work

There are many ways to use this verb. For example, when asking someone about their job in Italian, you would use the verb ‘fare’. 

Che lavoro fai? - What is your job?

 

To answer this question, you can use ‘fare’, such as:

 

Faccio il medico - I am a doctor

Faccio il giardiniere - I am a gardener

Faccio la professoressa - I am a teacher

 

You could also use the verb ‘essere’ (to be) to tell someone what your job is in Italian:

 

Sono una dentista - I am a dentist

Sono un fornaio - I am a baker

 

Hobbies

 

The verb ‘fare’ is often used when talking about hobbies.

 

Che cosa fai nel tempo libero? - What do you do in your free time?

 

Here are some hobbies that use the verb ‘fare’:

 

Faccio sport - I play sport

Mi piace fare delle passeggiate - I like to go for walks

Faccio le foto - I take photos

 

Weather

 

‘Fare’ is commonly used when talking about the weather.

 

Che tempo fa - What is the weather like?

Fa bel tempo - It is nice weather

Fa cattivo tempo - It is miserable weather

Fa caldo - It is hot

Fa freddo - It is cold

In primavera fa sempre fresco - It is always cool in spring

Ieri ha fatto caldissimo - Yesterday it was really hot

 

Maths

 

When talking about maths calculations, you would use ‘fare’ to mean ‘equals’. 

 

Due per quattro fa otto - two times four is eight

 

Idiomatic expressions

 

There are some expressions that always use ‘fare’, here is a selection below:

 

A casa - At home

 

Fare colazione - to have breakfast

Fare una doccia - to have a shower

Fare un bagno - to have a bath

Fare la spesa - to go food shopping

Fare un pisolino - to have a nap

Fare da mangiare - to make something to eat

Fare il bucato - to do the laundry

 

A scuola - At school

 

Fare gli esami - to take exams

Fare una pausa - to take a break

Fare una domanda - to ask a question

Fare i compiti - to do homework

Fare di tutto - to do everything possible

Fare il bravo / la brava - to be good

 

In vacanza - On holiday

 

Fare una fotografia - to take a photo

Fare un viaggio - to take a trip

Fare la valigia - to pack a suitcase

Fare un giro - to have a wander around

Fare il biglietto - to buy a ticket

Fare la fila / la coda - to wait in line / in a queue

Fare un brindisi - to make a toast

 

Con amici - With friends

 

Fare amicizia - to make friends

Fare una telefonata - to make a call 

Fare pace - to make up / to make peace

Fare due chiacchiere - to have a chat

Fare finta - to pretend

Fare presto - to be early

Fare tardi - to be late

Fare in tempo - to be on time

Fare una festa - to have a party

Avere molto da fare - to have a lot to do

Fare un regalo - to give a present

Fare una sorpresa - to surprise

 

Fare + infinitive

 

‘Fare’ + an infinitive verb can mean ‘to make’, ‘to get’ or ‘to let’. Here are some examples:

 

Fai riparare la macchina - Get the car fixed

Fai andare via Laura - Make Laura go away / get Laura to go away

Fammi sapere - Let me know

Marco mi ha fatto ridere - Marco made me laugh

Fallo studiare! - This could mean ‘make him to study’ (persuade him) or ‘let him study’ (don’t distract him), depending on the context

 

Proverbs

 

There are many proverbs and sayings which use ‘fare’, see some below:

 

Chi la fa l’aspetti - What comes around goes around 

Chi fa da sé fa per tre - If you want something done well, do it yourself

Tra il dire e il fare c’è di mezzo il mare - It is easier said than done

Fare orecchio da mercante - To turn a deaf ear

Fare d’ogni erba un fascio - To tar everyone with the same brush 

Tutto fa brodo - Every little bit helps

 

I hope this lesson has helped with your understanding of the verb ‘fare’ and that you’ll use it in Italian conversation soon!