What does Chi Fa Da Sé Fa Per Tre mean?

Chi Fa Da Sé Fa Per Tre is a popular Italian idiom!

It’s so common that sometimes even if you hear only the first words you catch it!

Idioms are just perfect: with a few words they sum up long explanations or complex concepts.

The meaning is hidden between the lines.

It says that those who do something on their own do it better than three people together.

Maybe the reason is that we are responsible for what we do, or that we do not need to accept compromises

Do you agree with this idiom?

In English we would say “if you want something done, do it yourself”.

Here we have some examples!

Italian English
Sono riuscito a riparare la mia macchina da solo in tre ore. Chi fa da sé fa per tre! I managed to fix my car on my own in three hours. If you want something done, do it yourself!
Marta ha aspettato che le amiche la aiutassero a pulire la casa per settimane, alla fine l’ha fatto da sola. Chi fa da sé fa per tre! Marta waited for her friends to help her clean the house for weeks, finally she did it herself. If you want something done, do it yourself!
Avevo chiesto a Gianni di aiutarmi a preparare l’esame di matematica ma non aveva mai tempo. Quindi ho studiato da sola e ho superato l’esame con un ottimo voto! Chi fa da sé… I had asked Gianni to help me prepare the maths exam but he never had time. So I studied on my own and passed the exam with great marks! If you want something done, do it yourself!

How many times you have done something yourself without waiting for others?

Try to make some examples!

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