Conversational Italian: UN PO’ PER UNO (sharing)

By Manu Venditti | Advanced

Nov 12

Transcript

  • ENGLISH
  • ITALIANO

 

In this video 100% in Italian (and therefore for Advanced Students) we look at a very “italian” expression.

And it’s:

UN PO’ PER UNO

It basically means:
– Sharing something. Taking turns at something. A little bit for me and a little bit for you!


For example, let’s imagine two children playing with a swim at the park. One child could tell the other child who doesn’t want to get off the swim:

FACCIAMO UN PO’ PER UNO CON L’ALTALENA
(literally: Let’s do a little bit each with the swing)

We are basically saying:
Let’s take turns with the swing

We can use this expression in a variety of situations. For example, if we only have one slice of cake “facciamo un po’ per uno” would mean “let’s share the cake”.

In Italian we have a proverb that goes:
UN PO’ PER UNO NON FA MALE A NESSUNO

and it means that, if we share something, we all end up happy!

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