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Have you always dreamt about learning Italian?

Perhaps you're fascinated by Italian culture. Or Italian people and their way of life.

In order to get started and have your first basic Italian conversations, you’re going to need to learn your first words!

In this post, you’ll learn 83 basic Italian phrases to help you have your first interactions in the language.

To make it easier for you, I’ve divided the phrases up into different categories based on the different situations they’re used in:

  1. Simple Italian Greetings
  2. “I Don’t Understand!”
  3. Italian Numbers
  4. Visiting An Italian Restaurant
  5. Transport In Italy
  6. Asking For Directions
  7. Shopping In Italian
  8. Dealing With Medical Emergencies

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Why Learn Italian Phrases?

In certain parts of Italy, chances are you’ll find some of the locals can speak good English. In big cities like Rome and Venice, the tourist industy is well developed and for locals working there speaking English is a must!

But as soon as you go off the beaten track, you’ll find that a little Italian goes a long way! In smaller towns, many people speak little or no English, so being able to get by in Italian makes a huge difference.

Get to grips with the basic Italian phrases in this post and you'll be able to have much more enjoyable and authentic experiences in Italy.

And even at home, learning Italian will allow you to discover more about the country's culture and history.

You don’t need to have a natural flair for languages. Learning a few key Italian sentences and a willingness to speak the language is all you need.

You never know, maybe learning these phrases will motivate you to go on and become fluent in Italian.

To make it as easy as possible for you to practice these phrases in your Italian conversations, I’ve created an audio of the phrases and a special PDF version of this article to save on your phone to listen to and read anywhere, anytime and practice your Italian.

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Note: The anglicised pronunciation listed for each phrase is approximate. There are certain aspects of Italian pronunciation (such as the double consonant sounds, for example) which are unique sounds not common in English. In order to get a clear understanding of how each of the words and phrases in this post are pronounced, I’ve created a set of free audio files to accompany the post. To download these for free, just click here.

Simple Italian Greetings

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The first thing you need to learn to do in any language is to meet and greet people!

After all, you’re going to be using greetings every time you have a conversation in Italian!

These phrases are simple, easy to remember and will go a long way to help you make friends and have your first conversations in the language.

  • #1 Ciao! – Hello/Goodbye (informal)
    • (chow)
  • #2 Salve! – Hello [any time of day]
    • (sal-vay)
  • #3 Salve, come va? – Hello, how are you?
    • (sal-vay ko-may va?)
  • #4 Buongiorno – Good morning
    • (bu-on-jour-no)
  • #5 Buon pomeriggio – Good afternoon
    • (bu-on po-mer-eej-jio)
  • #6 Buonasera – Good evening
    • (bu-on-a-say-ra)
  • #7 Buonanotte – Good night
    • (bu-ona-not-tay)
  • #8 Grazie mille – Thank you very much
    • (gra-tsee mee-lay)
  • #9 Grazie a Lei – Thank you, too [in reply to “thank you” from someone else]
    • (gra-tsee a lay)
  • #10 Arrivederci, alla prossima – Goodbye, see you next time
    • (arr-ee-va-der-chee al-la pros-see-ma)
  • #11 Bella giornata oggi, vero? – The weather is lovely today, isn’t it?
    • (bella jee-or-na-ta ojji vay-ro?)
  • #12 Mi chiamo… – My name is _
    • (mee kee-amo)
  • #13 Sono americano/canadese/inglese – I’m American/Canadian/English
    • (so-no am-er-ee-kah-no / kan-a-day-say / een-glay-say)
  • #14 Lei di dov'è? – Where are you from?
    • (lay dee do-vay?)
  • #15 Piacere – Nice to meet you
    • (pee-a-chay-ray)
  • #16 Mi sto divertendo molto – I’m having a great time!
    • (mee sto dee-ver-ten-do mol-to)

Italian Vocabulary To Say “I Don't Understand”

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As a beginner, there will be many moments when you get stuck and can't understand what people are saying to you in Italian.

When this happens, don't worry! It's a perfectly normal part of the learning process and in time, you'll begin to understand more and more of what you hear.

In the meantime, the key is know how to handle these situations when you can't understand. Let's learn a few simple phrases that will allow you to remain in control of the situation even if you don't know what's being said to you.

  • #17 Mi scusi, non capisco – I don't understand!
    • (mee scoo-see non ka-pee-sko)
  • #18 Non parlo italiano molto bene – I don’t speak Italian very well
    • (non par-lo ital-ee-ah-no mol-to beh-nay)
  • #19 Potrebbe ripetere, per favore? – Could you say that again please?
    • (po-tre-bay ree-peh-teh-reh per fa-vawr-ay)
  • #20 Potrebbe scrivermelo? – Please write that down for me
    • (po-tre-bay skree-ver-may-lo?)
  • #21 Cosa vuole dire? – What does that mean?
    • (ko-sa vu-ol-ay dee-ray?)

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  • Cosa vuol dire questo/quello? = “What does this mean?”, when showing something written

We don't say cosa vuol dire quello? implying something the other person said. We just say Cosa vuole dire? = “what do you mean by that?”

  • #22 Parla inglese? – Do you speak English?
    • (par-la een-glay-say?)
  • #23 Mi scusi – I’m sorry
    • (mee skoo-see)
  • #24 Non lo so – I don’t know
    • (non lo so)
  • #25 Va bene – All right
    • (va be-nay)
  • #26 Non importa – Never mind
    • (non eem-por-ta)

Numbers In Italian

Whether you're ordering drinks, paying a bill or buying a train ticket, numbers are something you'll need to be familiar with in Italian right from the beginning.

The good news is that numbers in Italian are pretty logical and straightforward. Once you learn 1-20, the rest just follow on from there!

  • uno – one
    • (oo-no)
  • due – two
    • (doo-ay)
  • tre – three
    • (tray)
  • quattro – four
    • (kwat-ro)
  • cinque – five
    • (chee-kway)
  • sei – six
    • (say)
  • sette – seven
    • (say-tay)
  • otto – eight
    • (ot-to)
  • nove – nine
    • (no-vay)
  • dieci – ten
    • (dee-ay-chee)
  • undici – eleven
    • (oon-dee-chee)
  • dodici – twelve
    • (do-dee-chee)
  • tredici – thirteen
    • (tray-dee-chee)
  • quattordici – fourteen
    • (kwa-tor-dee-chee)
  • quindici – fifteen
    • (kween-dee-chee)
  • sedici – sixteen
    • (say-dee-chee)
  • diciassette – seventeen
    • (dee-chee-a-set-tay)
  • diciotto – eighteen
    • (dee-chee-ot-to)
  • diciannove – nineteen
    • (dee-chee-no-vay)
  • venti – twenty
    • (ven-tee)
  • ventuno – twenty-one
    • (ven-too-no)
  • ventidue – twenty-two
    • (ven-tee-doo-ay)
  • trenta – thirty
    • (tren-ta)
  • quaranta – forty
    • (kwa-ran-ta)
  • cinquanta – fifty
    • (cheen-kwan-ta)
  • sessanta – sixty
    • (ses-san-ta)
  • settanta – seventy
    • (se-ten-ta)
  • ottanta – eighty
    • (o-tan-ta)
  • novanta – ninety
    • (no-van-ta)
  • cento – one hundred
    • (chen-to)
  • duecentocinquanta – two hundred and fifty
    • (doo-ay-chen-to-cheen-kwan-ta)
  • cinquecento – five hundred
    • (cheen-kway-chen-to)
  • settecento ottantatré – seven hundred and eighty three
    • (set-tay-chen-to ot-tan-ta-tray)
  • mille – one thousand
    • (mee-lay)

Italian Expressions To Use At The Restaurant

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Arguably one of the most motivating reasons to learn Italian is to explore the country's cuisine!

Italian food is famous the world over and with good reason! These next few phrases will help you get by in restaurants so you can try out some of those delicious Italian recipes.

  • #27 Un tavolo per uno / due, per favore – A table for one / two please
    • (oon ta-vo-lo per oo=no / doo-ay, per fa-vo-ray?)
  • #28 Siete già aperti? – Are you open yet?
    • (see-et-ay jee-ah a-per-tee?)
  • #29 Possiamo aspettare (per un tavolo)? – Can we wait (for a table)?
    • (poss-ee-amo as-pett-ah-ray per oon ta-va-lo?)
  • #30 Possiamo sederci laggiù? – Can we sit over there?
    • (poss-ee-amo se-der-chee la-jee-oo)
  • #31 Mi scusi! – Excuse me! [Calling a waiter]
    • (mee skoo-see)
  • #32 Cosa mi consiglia? – What do you recommend?
    • (ko-sa mee kon-sihl-ya?)
  • #33 Qual è la specialità della casa? – What’s your most popular dish?
    • (Kwal e la spe-chee-a-lee-tay de-la ka-sa?)
  • #34 Cos'è questo? – What’s this?
    • (ko-say kwes-to?)
  • #35 Mi farebbe un assortimento dei piatti migliori? – Please bring me a selection of nice things
    • (mee fa-ray-bay un a-sor-tee-men-to day pee-a-tee mil-yor-ee?)
  • #36 Faccia Lei! / Lascio decidere a Lei. – It’s up to you/You can decide
    • (fach-ee-a lay! / las-chee-o de-chee-day-ray a lay)
  • #37 Il conto, per favore – The cheque, please
    • (il kon-to, per fa-vor-ay)
  • #38 Potrei avere il menu, per favore? – Can I have the menu, please?
    • pot-ray a-vay-ray eel me-noo, per fa-vo-ray?)

Transport In Italy

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If you're planning a trip to Italy, you're probably going to need public transport to get around. These phrases will help you to buy tickets and find your destinations easily.

  • #39 Vorrei andare a ___ – I want to go to _
    • (vo-ray an-da-ray a _)
  • #40 A che ora parte il prossimo treno/autobus per ___? What time is the next train/bus to _ ?
    • (a kay oh-ra par-tay eel pros-see-mo tray-no / auw-to-boos per _?)
  • #41 Quanto costa? – How much is it?
    • (kwan-to kos-ta?)
  • #42 1 biglietto / 2 biglietti (per ___, per favore – 1 ticket / 2 tickets (to _), please
    • (oon bil-yeto / doo-ah bil-yetti per _, per fa-vo-ray)
  • #43 Quanto dura il viaggio? – How long does it take?
    • (kwan-to doo-ra eel vi-ahj-o)
  • #44 Dove devo andare adesso? – Where should I go now?
    • (do-vay day-vo an-da-ray a-day-sso?)
  • #45 Quando parte? – When does it leave?
    • (kwan-do par-tay?)
  • #46 Che ore sono (adesso)? – What time is it (now)?
    • (kay ora so-no a-day-sso?)
  • #47 Questo treno/autobus ferma a ___? – Does this train/bus stop in _?
    • (kwes-to tray-no / auw-to-boos fer-ma a _?)
  • #48 Mi scusi, è qui ___? – Excuse me, is this _? [Useful when you’re on the bus/train and aren’t sure when to get off]
    • (mee skoo-see, ee kwee _?)
  • #49 Dove si trova ___ sulla carta? – Where is _ on the map?
    • (do-vay see tro-va _ soo-la kar-ta?)

Asking For Directions In Italian

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Exploring new places is exciting, but it can also be frustrating when you find yourself lost! But fear not, by learning to say and understand the following phrases, you'll be able to ask for and receive directions from the locals.

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  • #50 Mi scusi, posso farle una domanda? – Excuse me, could I ask you something?
    • (mee skoo-si, posso far-lay oo-na do-man-da?)
  • #51 Vorrei andare a ___ – I want to go to _ [If you know the name of your destination]
    • (vo-ray an-da-ray a _)
  • #52 Vorrei andare qui – I want to go here [Pointing to your destination on the map]
    • (vo-ray an-da-ray kwee)
  • #53 Mi sono perso / Mi sono persa – I’m lost
    • (mee so-no per-so / mee so-no per-sa)
  • #54 Come posso arrivarci? – How can I get there?
    • (ko-mo pos-so a-rree-var-chee?)
  • #55 È di qua? – Is it this way? [Useful for checking if you’re walking in the right direction]
    • (ay dee kwa?)
  • #56 Potrebbe indicarmelo sulla carta? – Can you show me on the map?
    • (po-tray-bay een-di-kar-may-lo soo-la kar-ta?)
  • #57 Dov'è ___? – Where is _ ?
    • (do-vay _?)

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Whether in the supermarket, the shopping centre or the local farmer’s market you’re going to want to buy things at some point or another!

To do this, you need to be able to ask questions [or even haggle a bit!] just like you would in English! Here are the Italian phrases you'll need:

  • #58 Mi piace questo – I like this
    • (mee pee-a-chay kwes-to)
  • #59 Quanto costa questo? – How much is this?
    • (kwan-to kos-ta kwes-to?)
  • #60 Se li compro entrambi? – If I buy these together? [A useful way to knock the price down]
    • (see lee com-pro en-tram-bee?)

Note:
li means “them” for masculine nouns. It is OK to use it with two masculine nouns or a mix of feminine and masculine nouns, but when referring to two feminine nouns le should be used instead

  • #61 È troppo caro per me – It’s too expensive for me
    • (ay troh-poh ca-roh per may)
  • #62 Può farmi uno sconto? – Can you do me a discount?
    • (poo-o far-mee oo-no skon-to?)
  • #63 Cerco una ___ – I’m looking for a _
    • (cher-ko oo-na _)
  • #64 Sto solo guardando – I’m just looking around
    • (Sto so-lo gwar-dan-do)
  • #65 Grazie, continuo a guardare – Thank you, I’ll keep looking [when you’re getting hassle to buy something]
    • (gra-tsee, kon-tee-noo-o a gwar-da-ray)
  • #66 Un attimo – Just a moment
    • (oon attee-mo)
  • #67 Sì, grazie – Yes, please
    • (see, gra-tsee)
  • #68 No, grazie – No, thanks
    • (no, gra-tsee)

Dealing With Medical Emergencies In Italian

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Hopefully, you’ll never need the phrases in this section! Nonetheless, it’s always good to know some basic medical vocabulary so that can handle an emergency in case you get sick or suffer an accident.

  • #69 Può aiutarmi, per favore? – Can you help me, please?
    • (poo-o ay-oo-tar-mee, per fa-vo-ray?)
  • #70 Devo andare da un medico – I need to see a doctor
    • (de-vo an-day-ray da oon me-dee-ko)
  • #71 Non mi sento bene – I don’t feel well
    • (non mee sen-to bay-nay)
  • #72 Non si sente bene – He/she doesn’t feel well
    • (non see sen-tay bay-nay)
  • #73 C'è un ospedale da queste parti? – Is there a hospital near here?
    • (chay oon os-pay-da-lay da kwes-tay par-tee)
  • #74 Mi porti in ospedale, per favore – Take me to the hospital please [To a taxi driver]
    • (mee por-tee in os-pay-da-lay, per fa-vo-ray)
  • #75 Mi fa male qui – It hurts here [pointing to body part]
    • (mee fa ma-lay kwee)
  • #76 Ho bisogno di medicine – I need some medicine
    • (o bi-son-yo dee me-dee-cee-nay)

Finally, let's learn some simple phrases that will help you discover the hidden gems on your next trip to Italy! Locals are always keen to share their favourite restuarants and cafes with visitors, but if you want to find out about them you need to know how to ask!

  • #77 Mi scusi, ma… – I’m sorry to bother you, but…
    • (mee skoo-see ma)
  • #78 Posso farle una domanda? – Could I ask you something quickly?
    • (posso far-lay oo-na do-man-da?)
  • #79 Cerco un posto qui in zona dove si mangi bene – I’m looking for a place with good food around here
    • (cher-ko oon pos-to kwee in zo-na do-vay see man-gee bay-nay)
  • #80 Cerco un bar carino qui in zona – I’m looking for a nice cafe in the area
    • (cher-ko oon bar kar-ee-no kwee in zo-na)
  • #81 Ne conosce qualcuno? – Do you know anyone [here]?
    • (nay kon-os-chay kwal-koo-no?)
  • #82 C'è qualche posto interessante da visitare qui in zona? – Is there anything interesting to see in this area?
    • (chay qual-kay pos-to in-ter-es-san-tay da vee-see-ta-ray kwee in zo-na?)
  • #83 Grazie comunque – Thank you, anyway [if they can’t help you]
    • (grat-see ko-moon-kway)

Your Next Steps In Italian

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So there you have it: all of the basic Italian phrases you need to help you discover and start using the Italian language.

With these phrases in your back pocket, you will soon find yourself having your first basic conversations with native speakers and getting excited about developing your conversational Italian.

So now that you’ve learned the basics, are you ready to take the next step in your Italian adventure?

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FAQs

What is a common Italian phrase? ›

Start learning the most common Italian phrases

Prego: You're welcome. Mi scusi: Excuse me. Mi dispiace: I am sorry.

How can I learn basic Italian? ›

How to learn Italian easily?
  1. Create an easy-to-follow plan.
  2. Start with the alphabet and sound system.
  3. Practice basic grammar.
  4. Build up your vocabulary.
  5. Make Italian fun.
  6. Create a little Italy around you.
Sep 12, 2022

What are some beautiful Italian sayings? ›

Ogni giorno ha il suo amore e dolore./Every day she has her love and her pain. Amore non è senza amaro./Love is not without bitterness. L'amore non è bello se non è litigarello./ Amor senza baruffa, fa la muffa./Love is not beautiful if it is not a quarrel. / Love without a quarrel, it makes mold.

What is the most Italian thing to say? ›

Top 10 Italian Expressions Italians Love Saying
  • Mamma mia! Mamma mia! ...
  • Che bello! Che bello! ...
  • Uffa! Uffa! ...
  • Che ne so! / Boh! ...
  • Magari! ...
  • Ti sta bene! ...
  • Non te la prendere! ...
  • Che macello!
Mar 29, 2016

What are the 20 examples of phrases? ›

Take a look at our selection of phrase examples below.
...
Noun Phrases
  • The bewildered tourist was lost.
  • The lost puppy was a wet and stinky dog.
  • The flu clinic had seen many cases of infectious disease.
  • It was a story as old as time.
  • The sports car drove the long and winding road.
  • Saturday became a cool, wet afternoon.

What are the 10 phrases? ›

10 Phrases You Should Start Saying More Often at Work
  • "That was my fault." ...
  • "I can't tell you how much [something performance-related] meant to all of us." ...
  • "I loved the way you handled that." ...
  • "Can I get your advice on this?" ...
  • "I'm happy to see you!" ...
  • "I trust your judgment." ...
  • "What was the highlight of your day (or week)?"
Nov 29, 2017

Do Italians say Mamma Mia? ›

Mamma mia, which means “my mother,” is kind of like “Oh my God” in English. While Americans often think mamma mia is only an expression of surprise, Italians might say it when they're angry, upset, surprised or sometimes even amused.

What Prego means? ›

/'preɡo/ (risposta / invito) please / you're welcome , after you , don't mention it. - “Grazie mille” – “prego” “Thank you so much” – “You're welcome”

Can I self teach myself Italian? ›

Traditional classroom instruction and language immersion are always going to be great ways to learn a new language like Italian, but you can definitely learn Italian on your own, too. Start by dedicating at least 20 minutes a day to studying Italian.

Can I learn Italian in 3 months? ›

While you can certainly learn the Italian language faster than 3 months, you will get better results by taking your time and making sure that you are putting in the effort. The best way to learn Italian in 3 months is to find a program that is designed to teach you Italian and speak like a native speaker.

What is the prettiest Italian word? ›

What are the prettiest Italian words? Some beautiful Italian words are: Pensierino, Zanzara, Farfalla, Pantofolaio, and Addirittura.

What is the hardest Italian word to say? ›

  • pèsca. feminine. (n) peach. Le pesche provengono originariamente dalla Cina, ma ora sono coltivate in tutto il mondo. ...
  • ghiaccio. masculine. (n) ice. ...
  • pésca. feminine. (n) fishing. ...
  • cinque. masculine. (n) five. ...
  • già (a) already.
  • scherzo. masculine. (n) prank.
  • chiacchierare. (v) chat.
  • segno. masculine. (n) sign.

What is the most famous Italian quote? ›

Veni, vidi, vici. (“I came, I saw, I conquered.”) In Italian, it's: Venni, vidi, vinsi. This is probably the oldest and most memorable of all the popular Italian quotes, and it comes from ancient Italian times (and more precisely, from ancient Rome).

What are the 100 idioms? ›

100 Common English Idioms
  • Break the ice. Meaning: To get the conversation going. ...
  • A dime a dozen. Meaning: Very common: quite ordinary. ...
  • Beat around the bush. Meaning: To avoid saying something. ...
  • Back against the wall. ...
  • Bite the bullet. ...
  • Wrap one's head around something. ...
  • Under the weather. ...
  • Better late than never.
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What are the 8 common types of phrases? ›

Based on its function in a sentence, the phrases are divided into various types: 1) Noun Phrase, 2) Verb Phrase, 3) Adject Phrase, 4) Adverb Phrase, 5) Gerund Phrase, 6) Infinitive Phrase, 7, Prepositional Phrase, and 8) Absolute Phrase.

What does Scifo mean in Italian? ›

Schifo is how you say 'disgust', which is exactly what you'll provoke in most Italians by drinking milky coffee after noon. It comes from an early Germanic word that meant 'to frighten' – the same that gave us the English word 'eschew'. In Italian it's most commonly used as an exclamation… Che schifo! How disgusting!

What do Italians call their sister? ›

The Italian word for sister is sorella (plural: sorelle).

What does Wee Wee mean in Italian? ›

wee-wee {noun}

pipì {f} [child.

What are the 25 phrases? ›

  • Give someone a hand – Help. ...
  • Sharp – Exactly at a particular time. ...
  • Take it easy – Relax or Slow down and similar meaning. ...
  • Up to the minute – Most recent news/information. ...
  • About to – Intending to. ...
  • According to – As indicated. ...
  • As a matter of fact – In reality. ...
  • As long as – Provided that.

How can I learn phrases easily? ›

Here is our step-by-step guide on how you can make your conversations in English even better:
  1. Step 1: Learn basic English words and phrases that will help you have a dialogue with native speakers. ...
  2. Step 2: Practice these phrases and say them out loud. ...
  3. Step 3: Immerse yourself! ...
  4. Step 4: Go speak! ...
  5. Start learning.
Dec 2, 2021

What are 10 good sentences? ›

Good sentence example
  • It felt so good to be home. 1092. ...
  • You have a good family. 704. ...
  • She is such a good seamstress. 656. ...
  • It was a good thing they were going home tomorrow. ...
  • It was all just good clean fun. ...
  • It meant a good deal to him to secure a home like this. ...
  • It would do no good to ask him why. ...
  • He had done one good deed.

What are the 200 idioms? ›

Without further ado, here are 200+ popular idioms, each followed by its meaning and an example sentence (marked 'S').
  • Stir up a hornets' nest. ...
  • An eye for an eye. ...
  • Back against the wall. ...
  • Barking up the wrong tree. ...
  • Bite off more than you can chew. ...
  • Pigs might fly. ...
  • Upset someone's applecart. ...
  • Not enough room to swing a cat.
Dec 27, 2022

What is the oldest phrase? ›

The oldest decipherable full sentence in an alphabet ever found, dated to 1,700 B.C.E., is inscribed on a tiny ivory comb unearthed in 2016 at the Tel Lachish archeological site in central Israel. The faint letters read: “May this tusk root out the lice of the hair and the beard.”

What do Italians call a girl? ›

If you want to say “girl” in Italian, you would say “la ragazza.” Want to say “boy” instead? Then use “il regazzo.” The plural of each is “i regazzi” (the boys) and “le regazze” (the girls). The ins-and-outs of Italian nouns and pronouns are pretty straightforward.

Why do Italians say allora? ›

Allora (so, then, well) is one of those filler words that's highly useful when thinking of what to say in Italian. It buys you a little time and tells the listener you're thinking things over, especially when used by itself, or to introduce a sentence.

Why do Italians always say Prego? ›

To say you're welcome in Italian

When someone says “thank you”, Italians reply with prego. That's how you say “you're” welcome in Italian.

What is Grazie Prego? ›

If you've just said Grazie to someone, they may reply with Prego literally meaning You're welcome or My pleasure.

What is Mille Grazie? ›

In Italian, you say Grazie or Mille Grazie as a thank you… or a thousand thanks!

What does fuego mean in slang? ›

Borrowed from the Spanish word for fire, fuego is used in English as a slang term for something “excellent” or “sexy,” with the phrase en fuego expressing something “on fire,” or “performing extremely well.” Related words: fire emoji. lit.

How many years does it take to learn Italian fluently? ›

They estimated that the training required for the Italian language is 23-24 Weeks (575-600 Hours). This might sound intimidating but compared it with languages in Group 5 (like Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic) that can take up to an estimated 88 weeks to learn and you'll feel relieved.

How fast can I be fluent in Italian? ›

You can expect to need between 24 and 36 weeks of lessons to get that far. So, that's six to eight months to learn Italian from zero to working-in-an-office level. If you have the time and the motivation.

How many hours does it take to become fluent in Italian? ›

They categorise Italian as a 'Group One' or 'Category One' language meaning a student would spend nearly 600 hours in the classroom to reach basic fluency. The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) considers Italian to be one of the easiest languages to learn.

How hard is it for an American to learn Italian? ›

Is Italian hard to learn for English-speakers? We have good news: The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) considers Italian to be one of the easiest languages for English-speakers to learn. In fact, they estimate that you just need twenty-four weeks (or 600 hours) to acquire basic fluency.

How can I speak Italian fluently fast? ›

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How many words do you need to know to be fluent in Italian? ›

86% of spoken Italian uses only 1000 words. That is a huge drop from the intimidating 260,000 words in the Grande Dizionario Italiano dell'Uso. Learning those 1000 words would give you a huge head start in becoming fluent in Italian.

What is Molto bello? ›

[Italian] masc. Very Handsome.

How do you compliment an Italian girl? ›

Italian compliments for a woman:
  1. Come sei carina! (“How cute you are!” )
  2. Come sei dolce! (“How sweet you are!” )
  3. Sei una bella ragazza/donna. (“You are a beautiful girl/woman!” )
  4. Che begli occhi! (“Nice eyes!” )
  5. Che bel sorriso! (“Beautiful smile!” )
  6. Sei molto simpatica! (“You are very nice!” )
May 28, 2020

What does zoppa mean in Italian? ›

Etymology. Italian, literally, limping.

How do you diss in Italian? ›

Vaffanculo! Our top 5 Italian insults
  1. Vaffanculo a chi t'è morto. Translation: “Go f#**# your dead family members.” Or "the souls of your dead family members." ...
  2. Vattela a pigliare in culo. Translation: "Go take it up your ass." ...
  3. Levati dai coglioni. Translation: "Get off my balls." ...
  4. Testa di cazzo. ...
  5. Che cavolo.
Nov 21, 2019

Is there a word for awkward in Italian? ›

Italian Word of the Day: Imbranato (clumsy / awkward)

How do you say stubborn in Sicilian? ›

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What was Italy's motto? ›

The Italian Republic does not have an official motto, but it does have a common phrase: "L'Italia e' una Repubblica democratica, fondata sul lavoro" (Italy is a democratic Republic, founded on labor).

What is the Italian motto? ›

Italy: No official motto.

What are the most iconic lines? ›

Famous Movie Quotes
  • “ May the Force be with you.” - Star Wars, 1977.
  • “ There's no place like home.” - The Wizard of Oz, 1939.
  • “ I'm the king of the world!” - ...
  • “ Carpe diem. ...
  • “ Elementary, my dear Watson.” - ...
  • “ It's alive! ...
  • “ My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. ...
  • “ I'll be back.” -
Sep 21, 2018

What are basic Italian words? ›

Common Italian Words
  • Pizza = Pizza.
  • Year = Anno.
  • Yes = Si.
  • No = No.
  • Thank you = Grazie.
  • You're welcome = Prego.
  • Please = Per favore.
  • Excuse me = Mi scusi.

How can I learn Italian fast by myself? ›

Here are some of our top suggestions for how to learn Italian at home:
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  5. Use Italian language learning apps.
Aug 2, 2021

What should I learn first in Italian? ›

One of the first topics you need to learn are greetings and introductions. These expressions are essential to communicate with native-Italian speakers. “Buon giorno” (Good morning), “Buona sera” (Good evening), “Come ti chiami?” (What's your name), “Piacere” (Nice to meet you), “Arrivederci” (Goodbye), and so on.

What are 20 examples of phrase? ›

20 Phrases That Will Make Learning English Easy For You
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  • Take It Easy. Meaning: To relax. ...
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  • Herculean Task. ...
  • The Time Is Ripe. ...
  • Double Minded. ...
  • See Eye To Eye. ...
  • When Pigs Fly.
Jul 25, 2021

What do you call an Italian girl? ›

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say: you'll never fit in among Italians if you don't start using the word ragazzi. Look it up in the dictionary and you'll find a simple enough definition: un ragazzo is a boy, una ragazza is a girl, i ragazzi are boys and le ragazze are girls.

What does chooch mean in Italian? ›

Noun. chooch (plural chooches) (Italian slang) A stupid person; a meathead.

What's Gabagool means? ›

Formally known as capicola, gabagool is by no means the most trendy or popular of the Italian cold cuts, but it is, just on the mouth, the most fun to say.

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