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Useful Italian Phrases

  • Useful Italian Phrases

    Italians are very proud of their country and welcome tourists willingly to try their wonderful food and wine, to experience their culture and to speak a bit of their language… They just love it. The fathers of modern Italian were Dante, Manzoni and television. Each did his part in creating a national language putting together an infinity of regional and local dialects.

    Thank you..............................Grazie 
    Do you speak English?...........Parla inglese?
    You are welcome....................Prego 
    I don’t understand..................Non capisco
    Excuse me?...........................Mi scusi
    I am English...........................Io sono inglese
    Excuse me (may i pass).........Permesso
    Yes / No / Please...................Si / No / per favore
    Yesterday..............................Ieri 
    Today....................................Oggi
    How are you?........................Come sta?
    Fine, thank you......................Bene grazie
    Tomorrow..............................Domani 
    Good morning.......................Buon giorno
    Morning.................................Mattina 
    Good evening........................Buona sera
    Noon.....................................Mezzogiorno
    Good night............................Buona notte
    Afternoon..............................Pomeriggio
    Good bye..............................Arrivederci
    Evening.................................Sera 
    Hello.....................................Ciao
    When?..................................Quando? 
    What time is it?.....................Che ora è?
    How much does it cost?.........Quanto costa? 
    Where is it?...........................Dove è?
    Could you assist me?..............Potrebbe aiutarmi?
    I don’t know...........................Non lo so
    All right..................................Va bene 
    It doesn’t matter.....................Non importa
    I am lost ................................Mi sono perso
    Nothing...................................Niente
    I am tired ..............................Sono stanco
    I am hungry............................Ho fame
    I am sleepy.............................Ho sonno
    I am thirsty.............................Ho sete
    I am ill....................................Mi sento male
    I am sorry...............................Mi dispiace
    Breakfast................................Colazione
    Leave me alone.......................Lasciami in pace
    Lunch.....................................Pranzo         
    Dinner....................................Cena
    Big.........................................Grande
    Small......................................Piccolo
    Why.......................................Perché
    where.....................................Dove
    I would like............................Vorrei
    I want....................................Voglio
    please....................................Per favore
    right.......................................Destra
    left.........................................Sinistra
    hotel......................................Albergo
    bank......................................Banca
    market...................................Mercato
    shop......................................Negozio
    beach....................................Spiaggia
    hospital.................................Ospedale
    chemist.................................Farmacia
    station..................................Stazione
    train.....................................Treno
    platform...............................Binario
    ticket...................................Biglietto
    one way (ticket)………..........Andata
    return ticket..........................Andata e ritorno
    bus.......................................Autobus
    bus stop................................Fermata
    one way (street)....................Senso unico
    hot........................................Caldo
    cold......................................Freddo
    too much..............................Troppo
    well......................................Bene
    good luck.............................Buona fortuna
    parla lentamente....................Speak slowly
    What is your name?..............Come si chiama?

    PUBLIC NOTICES
    Open................................Aperto 
    No smoking......................Vietato fumare
    Closed..............................Chiuso
    Lift....................................Ascensore
    Entrance...........................Entrata / Ingresso
    Vacant..............................Libero
    Exit...................................Uscita
    Occupied..........................Occupato
    Entrance (trains /buses)...Salita   
    Stairs................................Scale
    Exit (trains / buses)...........Uscita
    Forbidden.........................Vietato
    Push.................................Spingere
    Do not touch....................Non toccare
    Pull..................................Tirare   
    Toilet...............................W.C / Bagno
    Ladies..............................Donne / Signore   
    Gents...............................Uomini / Signori
    Not drinkable water.........Acqua non portabile

    PRONOUNCIATION
    CH is pronounced K
    CI is pronounced CH
    C + Vowel is pronounced CHI / CHE
    CA is pronounced as in English

    NUMBERS
    Uno  -  one 
    Due -  two
    Tre - three
    Quattro - four
    Cinque - five
    Sei - six
    Sette - seven
    Otto - eight
    Nove - nine
    Dieci - ten
    venti - twenty
    trenta - thirty
    quaranta - forty
    cinquanta - fifty
    sessanta - sixty
    settanta - seventy
    ottanta - eighty
    novanta - ninety
    cento - hundred
    milione - million

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