I probably knew on a rational level that a romantic future between us wasn't likely — he lived in another country, for god's sake — but I was more than willing to delude myself.I'd been unhappily single for six years, but not for lack of trying.If you're talking about a single date, you'd say 'ho un (primo) appuntamento con un ragazzo/una ragazza' (I have a (first) date with a guy/girl), but if you're dating regularly, you can say 'sto uscendo con qualcuno' or 'mi sto vedendo qualcuno' (I'm going out with/seeing someone).Some other useful dating vocabulary to have up your sleeve: 'un appuntamento al buio', literally 'date in the dark' is the Italian term for a blind date; 'pagare alla romana' (to pay the Roman way) is to split the bill equally, and 'bidonare' or 'dare buca a qualcuno' is 'to stand someone up'.If you're talking directly to the object of your affections, make sure not to get confused by the verb 'piacere', which is often tough for non-native speakers.' Mi piaci' is ' I like you', while 'ti piaccio' means 'you like me'.
"Dear Laura, thanks for the excellent, disheartening essay you wrote about sober dating," an articulate stranger named Eli (not his real name) typed in an email to me. Within a month, the tone of our exchanges changed from flirty to outright romantic.
This wasn't the first time a random lonely heart had reached out about my writing. Within days of that first message from Eli — whom I'd promptly Google-stalked and happily discovered was gorgeous — we were emailing constantly, sharing both day-to-day minutiae ("Here's a sexy picture of my omelet! He was a few years younger, but we had a ridiculous number of things in common. "Marry me," he texted back when I mentioned my decade-long obsession with Britney Spears.
") and our darkest fears ("I'm scared of dying alone"). His missives became the sunny spots in my otherwise existence.
And just as in English, there's a risk that the romantic undertone might not be picked up on, so if you want to be clearer, you can say 'mi sono presa una cotta per qualcuno' (I have a crush on someone) or, stronger still, 'mi sono innamorarto/a in qualcuno' (I have fallen in love with someone).
Meanwhile, 'sono pazzo/a per lui/lei' means ' I'm crazy about him/her'.