Italian Text Slang: The Ultimate Guide to Text Messaging in Italian


Text and instant messaging slang words, phrases, abbreviations and acronyms get little if any respect from teachers and dictionaries, but are a key part of communication in any language, including Italian.

This post will cover the most common Italian text slang and chat abbreviations that any learner should be aware of in order to fit in with the natives and sound authentic in Italian. Let’s have a look, then, at what you might see when chatting on WhatsApp, Facebook or Telegram as well as in forums, chatrooms, message boards, dating apps, etc.

The Ultimate Guide to Text Messaging in Italian

Texting and chatting in Italian

At the dawn of text messaging, using the number “6” to mean “sei” as in “you are” was the height of slang sophistication. The number is spelled the same as the verb, just like how “2” corresponds to “too” in English.

Today, a whole cryptic looking system of signs and abbreviations has evolved, and it is especially popular with under-21s. Here is a selection of the most common texting abbreviations and phrases currently in circulation.

Let’s start with the easy stuff. Here is a list of text expressions and emoticons that are common to both Italian and English:

ahahah / hahaha = risate laughing
🙂 = sorriso smile, smiley-face
😀 = sorriso smile
🙁 = triste sad
:(( = molto triste very sad
XD = risate laughing
😉 = occhiolino winking.
It’s used for flirting and as a signal of
common understanding.
😛 = linguaccia sticking tongue out
<3 = cuore heart
xoxoxoxo = tanti baci many kisses
:* = bacio kiss
:*** = baci kisses

A potentially confusing abbreviation for English speakers is “x” for “per”. The multiplication sign “x” is actually called “per” in Italian. So, use “x” any time you would use the preposition “per”, as well as in longer words that include the syllable “-per”. Here are some very common examples:

x = perfor, to, in order to, because of, towards, through
xkè, xk, x’ = perchéwhy, because
xciò = perciòtherefore, so, for this reason
= peròbut, however, though
xsona = personaperson
sxo = spero I hope
xfetto = perfetto perfect
xmesso = permesso permission, allowed, permitted

“K” is another letter that is used a lot in Italian text slang. The letter “k” has the same hard c sound of “ch” and “c” when followed by “a”, “o” and “u”. For this reason, the letter “k” is frequently used in textspeak as a shorthand for “ch” and “c”. See some examples below:

anke = anche also, too, as well
xkè, xk = perché why, because
ke = che what, which, that
ki = chi who
qlk = qualche some, a few
qlcn = qualcuno someone, somebody, anyone, anybody
kiakkiera = chiacchiera chit-chat, small talk
kn = con with
ks = cosa what, thing
ksì = così so, therefore

As you might have noticed, vowels tend to get eliminated in internet chat spellings, to shorten words. Have a look at these examples to get an idea of how it works:

cmq = comunque anyway, however, in any case
msg = messaggio message
grz = grazie thanks
prg = prego you’re welcome
tnt = tanto a lot, very much
trp = troppo too much
allr = allora then, so
qnd = quando when
qndi = quindi therefore, so, then
qnt = quanto how much
qst = questo this
qls, qlcs = qualcosa something
cn = con with
d = di of, about, from, by, than
c = ci there
t = ti you
v = vi you
nn = non no
nnt = niente nothing, anything
tt = tutto, tutti all, everybody, everyone
brv = bravo, brava, bravi, brave good
brvximo, brvxima, brvximi, brvxime = bravissimo, bravissima, bravissimi, bravissime very good, excellent
risp = rispondi reply, answer
stas = stasera this evening
prox = prossima next
gg = oggi, giorno today, day
dm = domani tomorrow
dp = dopo after
dr = dire to say
dx = destra right
sx = sinistra left
frs = forse maybe
num, nm = numero number
and = andare, andato to go, gone
scs = scusa sorry, excuse me
sl = solo only, just
smpr = sempre always
sn = sono I am, they are
trnqi, trnqui = tranquillo calm, relaxed
vlv = volevo I wanted
bst = basta stop

Numbers and symbols are widely used in Italian text slang, both on their own and to replace syllables in words. Here are some examples:

6 = sei you are
1 = un, uno, una a, one
qlk1 = qualcuno someone, somebody, anyone, anybody
ness1 = nessuno no one, nobody
+ = piùmore
- = meno less
x = per for, to, in order to, because of, towards, through
3no = treno train
4ini = quattrini money
sal8 = salotto living room

Finally, here is a list of very common text slang phrases, acronyms and slogans, decoded:  

c6, c6? = ci sei? U there?
dv6? = dove sei? Where are you?
pfv = per favore Please
ncs = non ci siamo No way!
vbn = va bene That’s fine!
qv = qualche volta Sometimes, every now and then
c sent = ci sentiamo I’ll talk to you later
c ved = ci vediamo See you
cvd = ci vediamo dopo See you later
d nnt = di nienteYou’re welcome, my pleasure, no problem
ke bll = che bello!Cool!, how beautiful!
t fcc sap = ti faccio sapere I’ll let you know
+ trd = più tardi Later
t tel + trd = ti telefono più tardi I’ll call you later
= più o meno More or less
ap = a presto See you soon, talk to you soon
t prg = ti prego Please
-male = meno male Thank God!, thank goodness!
kissene, chissene = Chi se ne frega Whatever, who cares?
mmt = mi manchi tantoI miss you so much
tvb = ti voglio bene I like you, I feel a lot of affection for you
tvtb, tvtttttb = ti voglio tanto bene I like you a lot, I feel a lot of affection for you
tv1mdb = ti voglio un mondo di bene I like you so much, I feel a lot of affection for you
tv1kdb = ti voglio un casino di bene I like you so much, I feel a lot of affection for you
t.a. = ti amo I love you
t.a.t. = ti amo tanto I love you a lot

Got a favorite one you don’t see here? Let us know in the comments.

So, you’ve got your list of Italian text slang phrases and abbreviations. The next step is to put your newfound text slang knowledge into action with your text-addicted Italian friends.

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