How to LIFT someone’s SPIRITS in Italian

Have you ever found yourself not knowing what to say, especially in a foreign language, when someone is crying or feeling discouraged, in order to encourage them and lift their spirits?

In this new article, we will discover which expressions to use so that you’ll be able to not only be the perfect support for your friend but also have perfect Italian in those situations.

Italian expressions to encourage someone!

1. QUANDO SI CHIUDE UNA PORTA SI APRE UN PORTONE

Even if something negative or unpleasant happens, one should not lose hope and beat oneself up because soon life will plan a new, perhaps greater, opportunity.

2. AL MOMENTO DEL BISOGNO / NELLE SVENTURE SI CONOSCE L’AMICO

You really understand true friendship only in a time of need: those who really care about you will stay by your side and support you, doing everything to help you. Those who were not really interested in you will leave. It can be used as encouragement and emphasize that, for them, we will always be there because we are true friends.

3. ANNO NUOVO, VITA NUOVA

This proverb should be used only in the last weeks of the old year and/or the first weeks of the new year – for obvious reasons. If something bad happens to someone at the end of the year or right at the beginning of the new year, they can be reminded that a year is long, so there is plenty of time to radically change their life for the better.

4. FINCHÈ C’È VITA C’È SPERANZA

No problem or challenge is insurmountable if one is alive. If one has life (and health) then there is also hope that everything can be faced and solved.

5. IL TEMPO GUARISCE TUTTI I MALI

This proverb is used to encourage someone who is going through an unpleasant situation. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? When we experience an unpleasant situation or period, we tend to see everything in a negative way and to think that we will never get out of it. But then time passes, for everyone and everything, and sooner or later we start to feel better and leave the negative things behind. This is what we want to communicate when we use this proverb: we try to reassure the other person. As time goes by, all the negative will be washed away and you will return to positive situations.

6. L’UNIONE FA LA FORZA

This is a really good expression! Alone, you really can’t get very far, to achieve great things you have to surround yourself with trusted people and together work toward those goals, which will then be achieved sooner and better. You can use it either to offer your help to someone who is struggling with what they need to do, or to encourage someone and remind them that they don’t have to face unpleasant things alone, but that they have us and perhaps other loved ones, friends and family, to rely on in any case and to get through anything.

7. VEDRAI, ANDRÀ TUTTO BENE!

To reassure someone at a time of fear or uncertainty: everything will work out, it may take some time, but sooner or later everything will fall into place.

8. NON TUTTE LE CIAMBELLE RIESCONO COL BUCO

This informal expression is used to reassure someone who is feeling a little down in the dumps because things did not go the way they had hoped or expected. There is always something in life that will not go the way we want, but that is not a good reason to beat ourselves up; on the contrary, we should keep fighting and striving so that in the future we can achieve the desired outcome.

9. SBAGLIANDO S’IMPARA

To remind someone who has made a mistake that mistakes are part of human nature and that this is the only way we can progress and improve and avoid repeating them in the future.    

10. NULLA È IMPOSSIBILE

If someone is afraid to face or do something, we can use this one to remind them that anything can be overcome if approached in the right way and with the right mindset and attitude. In life, anything is possible and we humans are capable of anything!

11. SE INSISTI E RESISTI, RAGGIUNGI E CONQUISTI

Encourage someone at a time of low confidence or determination to start or complete something: If you want to achieve a goal, you have to keep trying, without giving up.

12. NON TI ARRENDERE MAI / NON MOLLARE MAI

They can safely be considered life mottos. “To surrender” and “to quit” are synonyms, meaning “to give up”. You should never do that in life, because you never know when your time will come, and if you are not there to seize the opportunity, you cannot succeed. Good encouragement to anyone who needs it, in short! By the way, there is a pretty famous Italian song that has indeed the title “Non mollare mai” (Never Give Up), which talks about the author’s dream of becoming a singer and the difficulties he had to face before finally being able to make it. And this can actually be applied to all other fields.     

13. SOGNA IN GRANDE

Is someone you know undecided about what to do or what to choose? This is the perfect expression to tell them! If it’s in the options, always aim high! If the opportunity is there and the skills are there, why not do it? Clearly, it gives the listener courage and a sense of optimism toward the future.  

14. SE VUOI, PUOI!

This is a bit of a continuation of the previous expression. Why dream big, you ask? To achieve goals! What is crucial is our will: with the right willpower, we can do anything! We just need to believe in it and … give it our all! Because still, things don’t magically fall from the sky.

And here we are at the end of this uplifting lesson! As you may already know, there are many idiomatic expressions we use in Italian in our daily lives. Many of these have ancient origins, and if you want to delve deeper into this topic, we recommend our article on 100-year-old expressions!

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