"Cosa vuoi dire?"

Translation:What do you mean?

May 4, 2013



Can this also mean "what do you want to say", or would you require a "a" or "di", etc. before "dire"?

May 4, 2013


"What do you want to say?" was accepted for me.

May 9, 2013


Am pretty sure I've heard this, or maybe more polite variant "cosa vuole dire" used in a few intense Italian arguments.

March 5, 2014


Yes, it's an Italian idiom.

May 27, 2016


Exceptional! There are two translations given : "What do you mean?" and "What do you want to say", but "What do you mean to say" loses a heart....

June 5, 2014


Voler dire only translates to 'mean' as an alternative to 'want to say'. Its subject can be a person or a word / phrase / text.

Your last example needs intendere or synonym. Other cases need significare or synonym. The context decides.

September 13, 2018


"what do you mean? and what do you want to say?" are not the same thing=cosa vuoi dire?

June 16, 2015


I'm thinking the same thing. To me, "What do you mean" implies that you've already said something but it requires further clarification. "What do you want to say" implies that you have not yet said something but you would like to.

March 15, 2016


I suspect it is along the lines of, especially in arguments, "What do you really mean, what do you really want to say?" Where someone has said something possibly ambiguous, possibly offensive, and someone is asking for clarity. Or raising the level of the argument.

September 12, 2016


When do we use "Che cosa" and when only "Cosa"?

August 2, 2015


I found several places that said it is regional. Here is one https://dante-learning.com/eng/che-cosa-or-che-cosa-the-italian-way-to-say-what-podcast/

April 29, 2018

April 29, 2018


why not "what do you want to tell?"??

August 8, 2016


How would you say "what do you want to say" in Italian?

January 27, 2018


I used 'What do you want to say', and it is accepted

May 4, 2018
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