How to Make Small Talk in Italian as a Guest at a Family Gathering

Fri, 12/16/2022 - 01:38
Italian family gathering at Christmastime
You're likely to face family members of all sizes and ages when invited to an Italian holiday dinner / Photo: Giorgio Magini via Shutterstock

Across most countries where Christmas is widely celebrated — including and especially Italy — the holiday season is often synonymous with riunioni di famiglia (family gatherings) and time spent with friends. But la convivialità (conviviality) can quickly give way to embarrassing moments if you’re invited to an Italian family or friend-group gathering and are unable to express yourself as you would in your mother tongue.

Let’s go over some phrases you can use to fare bella

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