We were shocked how many Italians thanked us for trying to speak their language. They guided us to special dining tables, brought amazing samples from the kitchen, and were blessed with friendly smiles all around. Some of the words and phrases we learned are listed below:
Buon giorno – Good morning
(The Italians greet you with buon giorno until 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. Although buon pomeriggio means good afternoon we never heard anyone use this greeting.)
Buona sera – Good afternoon
(The Italians greet you with buona sera from 4:00 p.m. until almost midnight. Buona notte is typically used when you are going to sleep.)
Buona notte – Good night
Buona giornata – Have a good day
Buona serata – Have a good evening
Ciao/Salve – Hello – The preferred greeting for a quick Hello is Salve.
(Only use ciao for hello if you know the person.)
Ciao/ Arriverderci – The preferred greeting for Goodbye is Arriverderci.
(Only use ciao for goodbye if you know the person.)
A presto – See you soon
A dopo – See you later
Altrettanto – Same to you
Mi chiamo – My name is
Sono di – I am from
Come ti chiami? – What is your name?
Piacere – Pleased to meet you
Piacere mio – Pleased to meet you too
Come sta – How are you?
Molto bene, grazie – Very well, thank you
Bene, grazie – E tu? – Fine, thank you, and you?
Per favore – Please
Mi scusi – Excuse me
Scusa – I’m sorry
Grazie – Thank you
(Remember to pronounce every syllable. Grazie is a three-syllable word.)
Grazie mille – Thank you very much
Molto grazie – Many thanks
Prego – You’re welcome
Perche? – Why?
Come? – How?
Quando? – When?
Dove? – Where?
Quanto? – How much?
Quanti? – How many?
Si – Yes
Uno, due, tre – 1,2,3
Quatro, cinque, sei – 4,5,6
Sette, otto, nove – 7,8,9
Dieci – 10
Due biglietti, per favore – two tickets please
Un cappuccino, per favore – a coffee, please – this is cappuccino
Un café, per favore – a coffee, please – this is espresso
Panino – Sandwich
Non ho molta fame – I am not very hungry
Penso di no – I do not think so
Posso chioderle un informazione – May I ask for directions?
Mi puo aiuntare, per favore – Can you help me please?
Parlo Inglese – Do you speak English?
So soltianto un po di Italiano – I only speak a little Italian
Non capsico – I do not understand
Fermi qui, perfavore – Please stop here
Bagno – Bathroom
Dov’é il bagno? – Where is the bathroom?
Posso usare il bagno, per favore? – May I use the bathroom?
Dov’é la stazione? – Where is the train station?
Dov’é la banca? – Where is the bank?
É lontano? – Is it far?
Vorrei mangiare – I would like something to eat
Vorrei bere – I would like something to drink
Il ristorante – The restaurant
Il cameriere – The waiter
La lista dei vini – The wine list
Antipasto – Appetizer
Il primo – The first course
Il secondo – The second course
Il dolce – The dessert
Il conto, per favore – The check please
La mancia – The tip
Che ora é? – What time is it?
Lunedi – Monday
Martedi – Tuesday
Mercoledi – Wednesday
Giovedi – Thursday
Venerdi – Friday
Sabato – Saturday
Domenica – Sunday
Vowels – A-E-I-O-U / Pronounced the same as in Spanish
Double letter pronunciations:
ai – i as in ripe
au – ow as in now
ei – ay as in say
eu – ay as in say & oo as in noon
ia – ya as in yarn
ie – ye as in yet
io – yo as in yodel
iu – you
oi – oy as in boy
ua – wa as in wand
ue – we as in wet
uo – wa as in war
ui – wee as in sweet
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