door Regina Coeli

In our Spanish lessons for beginners, we often hear our course members using the word ‘finito’. In the Netherlands, it’s become a reasonably accepted word to use if you want to say that something is ready or has been completed. In Spanish, however, it means something completely different (thin, fine/delicate, neat).

If you want to say in Spanish that you’ve finished an assignment, you can use the verb ‘terminar’ (to finish/terminate). ‘Terminado’ would then be the correct alternative for ‘finito’.

So, where does the Dutch usage of the word ‘finito’ come from? In Italian it does mean ‘finished’ and you can use it as often as you like!

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