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Handy Italian Words and Phrases

Thu Aug 2014

Freelance Travel Writer, Bibianna, has put together some of the best and most useful Italian phrases to use when on holiday there.

Yes, in most parts of the world English speakers will get away with communicating just in their own language. In Italy, the number of people who speak English is growing and probably after no more than a few attempts you will find someone who will understand you. However, it’s always useful to know even just a few basic words in the local language. Especially if you will be going to a smaller town or village, it will give you more chances to interact with locals.

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Clearly, this will not mean that you will be able to sustain a whole conversation in Italian, but that is not the point. It’s all about making the effort. People will appreciate that you are trying to say a few words in Italian, even if you are making mistakes!

Give it a go and remember: if there is good will on both sides, no language barrier will stop you from understanding each other!

 

Italian

English

Pronunciation

Ciao (informal)

Hello

Chow

Buongiorno

Good morning

Buh-on-jee-orno

Buonasera

Good evening

Buh-onah-say-rah

Buonanotte

Good night

Buh-onah-not- tay

Salve (formal)

Hello

Sal-veh

Arrivederci

Goodbye

Arri-vay-der-chee

Yes

See

No

No

Noh

Grazie

Thank you

Grat-s-yeh

Prego

You are welcome

Pray-go

Per favore

Please

Per fa-vo-ray

Come sta?/Come stai? (formal/informal)

How are you?

Ko-may stah/sta-ee

Mi chiamo..

My name is..

Mee ky-a-mo...

Come si chiama/Come ti chiami

(formal/informal)

What’s your name?

Komay see kee-ahma/Komay tee kee-ahmee?

Mi scusi

Excuse me/I’m sorry

Mee skoo-zee

Non capisco

I don’t understand

Non ka-peesko

Può ripetere?

Can you repeat?

Pu-oh ree-peh-teh-ray

Quanto costa?

How much is this?

Kwanto kosta?

Dov’è..

Where is..

Do-vay..

Stazione

Station

Stats-yonay

Ospedale

Hospital

Os-pe-dalay

Farmacia

Pharmacy

Pharma-chee-yah

Ristorante

Restaurant

Reesto-rantay

Menù

Menu

May-noo

Vino bianco

White wine

Veeno byanko

Vino rosso

Red wine

Veeno rosso

Birra

Beer

Beer-rah

Colazione

Breakfast

Kolats-yonay

Pranzo

Lunch

Prantso

Cena

Dinner

Chey-na

Acqua

Water

Akwa