Italy TravelA Quick Italian Language Lesson

A Quick Italian Language Lesson
Published on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 by

Don’t let the fact that you don’t speak Italian intimidate you. Most of the Italians you will meet, especially in the cities, will speak at least a few words of English and many speak the language fairly fluently. Those working in tourism depend on English-speaking visitors for their livelihoods and thus try to speak English.

It’s a good idea to try to learn a few words of Italian before your trip because Italians are absolutely thrilled when foreigners make an effort to speak their language. Remember that as a rule, every letter in an Italian word is pronounced. Though in some dialects of the language, you’ll hear words shortened.

Here are a few basic words to get you started:

Hello                                             Ciao (chow)
Please                                           Per favore (pear fa-vo ray)
Thank you                                  Grazie (grah-tsee-ay)
You’re welcome                       Prego (pray-go)
Excuse me                                  Scusi (skoo-zee)
Sorry                                            Mi dispiace (mee dis-spee-oh-chay)
Good day                                    Buon giorno (bwohn-jor-no)
Good bye                                    Arrividerci (a-ree-vah-dore-chee)
Nice to meet you                    Piacere (pee-ah-chair-ray)
How are you?                           Come sta? (ko-may stah)
Very good                                 Bene (ben-ay)
Do you speak English?         Parla Inglese? (par-la een-glay-zay)
I don’t speak Italian             Non parlo Italiano (non par-lo ee-tal-yah-no)
I don’t understand                Non capisco (non ka-peess-ko)
My name is…                           Mi chiamo… (mee kee-ah-mo)
How much is it?                     Quanto costa? (kwahn-toe coast-a)
Where is…?                              Dov’e (doe-veh)
Where is the bathroom? Dov’e il bagno? (doe-veh eel bahn-yo)

By Kathy McCabe

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