Italian Word of the Day - Quando

How to use "quando" in everyday conversation

Italian businessman talking on cellphone in Venice
Italian businessman talking on cellphone in Venice. Sam Edwards / Getty Images

Word of the Day: Quando

English translations:

  • When

  • Once

  • After

If you want to be able to ask “when” something is happening in Italian, you’re going to have to get cozy with the word “quando”.

 

Here are a handful of examples to help you become familiar with how and “when” to use “quando”.

Esempi:

  • Quando parti per l’Italia? - When do you leave for Italy? (informal)

  • Quando torni dall’Italia? - When do you return from Italy? (informal)

  • Quando inizia il film? - When does the movie start?

  • Quando è il compleanno di Giulia? - When is Giulia’s birthday?

  • Chiamami quando torni. - Call me when you return. (informal)

  • Arrivo da te quando ho finito di lavorare/col lavoro. - I’ll come over to your house once I’m done with work. (informal)

  • Ci vediamo stasera quando arrivi. - We’ll see each other tonight after you arrive. (informal)

Common expressions:

  • Di quando in quando - Sometimes

  • Quando vuoi - Whenever you want

  • Quando mai? - Since when?

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