What's the difference between "sere" and "notti". Do both mean "nights"? Or is "sera" closer to "evening"?
Misheard once again, and didn't even think of "nights' as I thought "night" was "notte" and evening was "sera".
Please, can anyone make clear what is the period of time of "pomeriggio", "sera" and "notte"? Just like this: night is from 6 pm until midnight or until the sunset.
I invoke f.formica to help, because I really need help with this.
Also, how do Italians call the period of time between midnight and the sunset( the down)?
il pomeriggio = afternoon - noon to aprox. 18.00
la sera = evening - approx. 18.00 to 23.00/midnight.
la notte = night. 23.00/midnight to dawn.
You can use 'serata' for the whole evening.
Eg. We spend a musical evening together - Passiamo una serata musicale insieme
I hope that helps. 21 Jan 2015
Are you italian? Those definitions seem very US/anglo. I am sure i have heard some folk in the south use "sera" for a time which to my brit mind would be "afternoon"
No, I'm English. My wife grew up in Italy and I am in regular contact with an Italian friend via Skype. Those times are approximate, I tend to think of 'la sera' starting at 'il tramonto,' the sunset; also, I don't like starting the day much before noon!!
Cin cin, Terrey
Italians use evening for what I would generally consider night. From about 5pm - 11pm seems to classify as evening. Whereas in Australia I'd say from about 5-7/8 would be evening
I think that is pretty much what I wrote [ above]. Are you claiming that Australians say that the evening ends and night starts at about 7 - 8 in the evening?
La tramonte = the sunset, or dusk - from old English [ǣfnung]- the start of the evening. Don't forget that this changes throughout the year. By your definition, at the north and south poles, at certain times of the year, the night starts before evening.
In Italia si dice buona notte solo quando ci si saluta per andare via dopo le ore 23.00. Quando , per esempio, si arriva al bar o in pizzeria anche tardi dopo le 23.00 si dice buona sera. Buona notte quando si va via.
I think you mean - Why not 'The nights they are long?' Not - Why no...
Don't forget that in Italian you don't usually need to add the 'io' for the singular, or the 'loro' for the plural, when using the verb. ['io sono - I am' or 'loro sono - they are.'] In English or Italian, one would only insert the 'they' to add emphasis - 'The nights, they are long.' Or in Italian - 'Le notti, loro sono lunghe.
And as others have noted: sera/sere = evening/evenings, notte/notti = night/nights
I hope that helps = 9 April, 2016
I hate that on the microphone ones there's no "cant speak right now" option like on mobile. I CANT SPEAK RIGHT NOW, DUOLINGO