Vocabulary TEST: ADVANCED Level (C1-C2)

Once you reach a rather advanced level in a foreign language (something like a C1-C2 level, according to the European parameters), it gets harder to learn new words. A very efficient method would be to read books and watch videos – interviews or documentaries. You have already reached this level, I have no doubts, but do you remember the meanings of all the words you have stumbled upon? I mean the difficult ones, obviously! Well, let’s found it out together with this advanced level test (C1-C2) on Italian vocabulary!

ADVANCED Italian TEST

In order to test your knowledge, I have prepared a list of words that are rather complicated – proportionate to the level C1-C2. This is how it works: first, I give you each word and I contextualize it, meaning that I put it in a given context (for example, a quote from an interview, a book or a movie); then, I give you 3 options for the meaning – obviously, it’s up to you to find the right one.

  • FAMIGERATO

“Non vuol essere famoso? E io lo faccio diventare famigerato!” (From the movie Spider-Man)

He doesn’t want to be famous? I’m going to make him ____ , then!

  1. Di dubbia o pessima fama (of dubious or bad reputation)
  2. Sconosciuto (unknown i.e., with little to no fame)
  3. Inutile (useless)

  • AFFABILE

“Un uomo coraggioso deve sempre dimostrarsi affabile e farsi piuttosto rispettare che temere.” (Chilon of Sparta)

A brave man has to always prove himself to be ____and be respected rather than feared.”  

  1. Scostante (unpleasant/standoffish)
  2. Formale (formal)
  3. Cordiale (cordial/friendly)

  • STENTARE

“Non stancatevi di aspettare qualcosa che stenta ad arrivare, le cose belle meritano attesa.” (Annalisa Carrera)

Don’t get bored to wait for something that ___ to arrive* because good things deserve to be waited.”

  1. Fa fatica (struggles)
  2. Impiega ore (takes a long time)
  3. Ha facilità (*arrives easily)

  • SCHIERA

“La verità cammina sola, invece il pettegolezzo si porta dietro una schiera di ammiratori.” (Loredana Bertone)

The truth walks on its on, while gossip carries around a ___ of admirers.”

  1. Una coppia (couple)
  2. Una moltitudine (moltitude)
  3. Una manciata (handful)

  • ACCALAPPIARE

“Porca miseria, quella che l’ha accalappiato deve essere una con una classe irraggiungibile.” (From the movie Jerry Maguire)

For God’s sake, the one who ___ him must be a girl of unattainable class.

  1. Bloccare (block/blocked)
  2. Ignorare (ignore/ignored)
  3. Sedurre (seduce/seduced)

  • SGARGIANTE

“È sempre emozionante il tramonto, indigente o sgargiante che sia.” (Jorge Luis Borges)

The sunset is always touching, weather it’s lacking or ____.

  1. Pallido (pale)
  2. Vivace (vivid)
  3. Spento (dull)

  • SPACCONE

“I bravacci e gli spacconi […]sono di gran lunga più deboli di voi: sono fragili, insicuri, spaventati.” (Mauro Corona)

“Braggarts and ____ are much weaker than you: they’re fragile, insecure, scared.”

  1. Gradassi (boasters)
  2. Umili (humble individuals)
  3. Ipocriti (hypocrites)

  • RETROGRADO

“Far passare ciò che fa comodo per verità, è un errore comune e malsano degli individui retrogradi.”(Marco Trevisan)

To pass off what is convenient as the truth is an unhealthy mistake that is common to ____ individuals.”

  1. Ingenui (naïve)
  2. Furbi (sly)
  3. Ancorati a idee del passato (conservative i.e. anchored to past ideas)

  • CAPITOLARE

“I pochi sopravvissuti avevano capitolato, per paura.” (From the book 1984 – George Orwell)

Because of fear, the few survivors had ____

  1. Si erano arresi (surrendered)
  2. Si erano nascosti (hidden)
  3. Erano scappati (run away)

  • DESPOTA

“Lo schiavo ha la propria vanità, non vuole obbedire che al più grande dei despoti.” (Honoré De Balzac)

Slaves have their own vanity, they do not want to obey to no one but the greatest of the ____

  1. Democratici (democrats)
  2. Dittatori (dictators)
  3. Intellettuali (intellectuals)

  • ISPIRARE

“Quanto più amo l’umanità in generale, tanto meno mi ispirano le persone in particolare.” (From the book The Brothers Karamazov – Fëdor Dostoevskij)

“The more I love humanity in general, the less people in particular ____ me”

  1. Attraggono (attract)
  2. Preoccupano (worry)
  3. Schifano (disgust)

  • IMPORTUNARE

“Le complicazioni sono nate per importunare i pensieri semplici.” (Fabrizio Caramagna)

Complications were made to ____ simple thoughts.”

  1. Rallegrare (cheer up)
  2. Stimolare (stimulate/encourage)
  3. Infastidire (pester)
  • DISSOLVERE

“La filosofia è un atto creativo che dissolve le ideologie.” (Martin Heidegger)

“Philosophy is a creative act that ____ ideologies.”  

  1. Disgrega (disintegrates)
  2. Congiunge (connects)
  3. Fortifica (strenghtens)

  • LUCROSO

“Si spinse fino a Golconda in India, dove si dedicò con fortuna al lucroso commercio delle gemme.” (From the biography of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier)

“He went as far as Golconda, in India, where he dedicated himself to the ____ gem trade, with great luck.”

  1. Faticoso (laborious)
  2. Fruttuoso (fruitful)
  3. Pericoloso (dangerous)

  • OLTREMODO

“Crescere? Una faccenda oltremodo barbara, piena di inconvenienti.” (From the movie Peter Pan)

“Growing up? It’s a(n) ____ barbarous business, full of inconvenience.”

  1. Moderatamente (fairly)
  2. Eccessivamente (excessively)
  3. Inaspettatamente (unexpectedly)

  • INVANO

“Non nominare il nome di Dio, non nominarlo invano.” (From the song Il testamento di Tito – Fabrizio de André)

“Do not use the name of God, do not use it ____.”

  1. Inutilmente (uselessly)
  2. Mai (ever)
  3. Ripetutamente (repeatedly)

  • RIPRISTINARE

“Lo scopo della poesia è quello di ripristinare il silenzio.” (Ana Blandiana)

The objective of this poem is to ____ silence.”

  1. Annullare (cancel)
  2. Ristabilire (restore)
  3. Colmare (fill)

  • EMINENTE

“Si sappia che le menti scadenti sono la regola, le buone l’eccezione, le eminenti rarissime e il genio un miracolo.” (Arthur Schopenhauer)

“Let it be known that mediocre minds are the norm, good ones are the exception, the ____ ones are extremely rare and the genius ones are a miracle.”

  1. Razionali (rational)
  2. Rigide (rigid)
  3. Eccelse (sublime)

  • NITIDO

“Il tempo è come una lente che rende più nitida la visione della realtà.” (Emanuela Breda)

“Time is like a lens that makes the vision of reality (more) _____.”

  1. Chiara (clear)
  2. Offuscata (dim)
  3. Colorata (coloured)

  • PERPETUO

“Una buona coscienza è un Natale perpetuo.” (Benjamin Franklin)

“A good conscious is a ____ Christmas.”

  1. Passeggero (fleeting)
  2. Eterno (eternal)
  3. Felice (happy)

Good! Now that you have completed the test, you just have to compare your answers with the results you can find at the end of the video! Did you already know some of these words? How did they seem, in your opinion – easy or difficult?

In case you wanted to deepen your vocabulary (both with formal and informal terms) I suggest you read our article on the Italian expressions that can replace the sentence “I’m Happy”, so that you can further increase your level of knowledge of the Italian language… and maybe even pass for a real Italian!

One thought to “Vocabulary TEST: ADVANCED Level (C1-C2)”

  1. Grazie per l’esercizio. È un buon modo per testare il mio livello. Le parole erano dure. Ho segnato 9/20. Vorrei più video come questo.

Leave a Reply