The word andiamo is an Italian word you’ll end up using all the time when you’re in Italy.
It’s in the first-person plural (“we”) form of the verb andare, which means “to go.”
The most straightforward meaning of andiamo is “we go” in English, but it’s used very often as an imperative, like “Let’s go!”. It can also be used as an exclamation of enthusiasm, triumph, and joy, and even to express disapproval or disbelief and to make a suggestion.
All of the Meanings of Andiamo
Andiamo meaning “We go”
As mentioned previously, andiamo is the first person plural present form (we) of the verb andare, which means “to go.” Let’s take a look at some examples:
- Io e Sara andiamo a fare Nordic Walking al parco ogni sabato mattina.
- Io e mio marito andiamo al lavoro in autobus perché l’auto è dal meccanico.
- Sara and I go Nordic Walking in the park every Saturday morning.
- My husband and I go to work by bus because our car is at the mechanic’s for repairs.
As you can see from the above examples, andiamo means “we go” in its most straightforward form.
Andiamo meaning “Let’s go!”
Andiamo can be used as an imperative to suggest that someone go and do something together.
Let’s take a look at some examples to get an idea of how it works.
- Andiamo al cinema a vedere il nuovo film di Leonardo DiCaprio!
- Andiamo a casa!
- Andiamo al mare il prossimo fine settimana!
- Let’s go to the cinema to watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s new movie!
- Let’s go home!
- Let’s go to the beach next weekend!
If you just say andiamo, it corresponds to “let’s get going” or “let’s go” in English. Let me give you an example.
Siete pronti? Andiamo!
Are you ready? Let’s go!
Andiamo meaning “Hurry up!”
Use andiamo when you need to tell someone to hurry up or move faster. Let’s look at some examples:
- Andiamo, siamo in ritardo!
- Andiamo, ci stanno aspettando!
- Andiamo, faremo tardi se non ti dai una mossa!
- Hurry up! We’re late!
- Hurry up! They’re waiting for us!
- Hurry up! We’re going to be late if you don’t get a move on!
Andiamo meaning “Come on!”
Andiamo can be used to encourage someone to do something, to try harder, or to tell you something. In this case, the meaning of andiamo is “come on!”
Have a look at the following examples to get an idea of how it works:
- Andiamo, Sabrina, a me puoi dirlo. Non lo dirò a nessuno.
- Andiamo, puoi farcela!
- Andiamo! Non ti abbattere.
- Andiamo, Giorgio, di me ti puoi fidare.
- Come on, Sabrina, you can tell me. I won’t tell anyone.
- Come on! You can do it!
- Come on! Don’t let it get you down.
- Come on, Giorgio, you can trust me.
Andiamo meaning “Nonsense!”
You can use andiamo to express disapproval or disappointment and to show someone that you are angry with them
In this case, the definition of andiamo changes completely, and it can be translated as something like “Nonsense!” or “Don’t be ridiculous!”, similar to how in English one would say “Come on”.
Have a look at the following examples:
- Andiamo, Alessandro, hai accampato la stessa scusa la settimana scorsa.
- Vedere un gatto nero porta sfortuna? Andiamo!
- Andiamo, Daniele, fammi il piacere di stare zitto.
- Come on, Alessandro, you made the same excuse last week.
- It’s bad luck if you see a black cat? Nonsense!
- Oh, Daniele, please shut up.
Andiamo can also be used to express disbelief or surprise. See some examples below:
- Andiamo! Stai scherzando?
- Andiamo! Non puoi dire sul serio!
- Andiamo! Pensi davvero che io sia così stupido?
- Come on! Are you serious?
- Come on! You must be joking!
- Come on! How dumb do you think I am?
You can use andiamo to tell someone that you don’t believe what they’re saying, or that you disagree with them. Let me give you an example.
Oh, andiamo. Non hai prove concrete.
Oh, come on. You have no evidence whatsoever.
Andiamo meaning “Hurrah!/Yay!”
Especially in northern Italy, andiamo is used as an exclamation of enthusiasm, triumph, and joy. It’s something that you shout when you’re happy because of something that has just happened.
In this case, andiamo corresponds to the interjection “Hooray!” and is usually preceded by the conjunction e. Some examples will make it clearer:
- E andiamo! La prossima settimana il mio capo è fuori città!
- E andiamo! Il Milan ha vinto la terza partita consecutiva!
- Hooray! My boss has to go out of town next week!
- Hooray! Milan has won the third match in a row!
E andiamo! Now you know the different meanings the Italian word andiamo can have depending on the context. Use it with conviction to add flair to your conversations.