"È un pezzo di torta."
Translation:It is a piece of cake.
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I'm just curious. In English, this sentence also has the less obvious meaning of 'it is easy to do'. I'm wondering if it can be used the same way in Italian.
I don't think it is used that way. Here is an Italian text explaining the meaning of "piece of cake" as "qualcosa di molto facile", so they probably don't have the same saying: http://blog.babbel.com/it/lamericano-colloquiale-facile-come-pezzo-torta/ .
Interesting enough, "pezzo di torta" doesn't seem to be your first choice of describing a slice of cake, either, that would be "fetta di torta". http://www.wordreference.com/iten/pezzo%20di%20torta vs http://www.wordreference.com/iten/fetta%20di%20torta
Here is Reverso Context's take on it. It seems that "pezzo di torta" would be taken literally to mean a slice of cake, and what English speakers refer to as a "piece of cake' meaning something easy to do would be something like gioco da ragazzi or perhaps una passeggiata
The italian saying for "very easy" is "È una passeggiata", literally meaning "It is a stroll" .
I'm not native but heard English people say "it's a walk in the park" when they describe something that's easy to do or manage.
It's fairly common in South Africa too, as is "as easy as pie", "child's play" and "a piece of cake".
Also una pacchia [trivia (in a bad sense)], un'impresa facile [an easy feat], una cosa da nulla [a nothing], un gioco da ragazzi/bambini [child's play].
In Australian and New Zealand English I haven't heard that, although everyone knows from American TV what it means.
The pronunciation of "torta" is incorrect. The voice is placing an accented sound at the end on the "a" and it sounds like "tortà" which is incorrect.
FYI, when learning with DL from the French "la torta" was used indifferently for "cake" and "tart". Here, a piece of tart was refused. I'm confused.
let me see: if i say a piece of the cake that is wrong apparently because i've included the article, but when i am making soup it has to be la zuppa....