Learn to Speak Italian: Ripete per favore? Key Italian Words and Phrases
When learning to speak Italian in Italian 101 you’ll probably learn how to describe your hair color, an apple, maybe even how to count.
Unfortunately, telling the cashier your hair color won’t help you find out where the bathroom is.
Here are some essential Italian words and phrases to know:
Ciao: Hello or goodbye. A very informal greeting.
Salve: A way to say hello, slightly more formal, in between “ciao” and “buongiorno.”
Arrivederci — A formal way to say goodbye.
A presto! — See you soon!
Buongiorno — Good morning/day. Said throughout the day until about 3 or 4pm.
Buona giornata — Good morning/day goodbye. Said when leaving during the day.
Buona sera — Good evening. Said in the evening after 4pm or so.
Buona serata — Good evening farewell. Said when leaving during the evening.
Buona notte: Good night. Only used to say goodbye like before parting ways after a night out after 10pm, or before going to sleep.
Mi chiamo Luca/Sono Luca. — My name is Luke/I am Luke.
Piacere di conoscerti! — Nice to meet you!
Vorrei… — I would like… A very important word to know that you can use frequently. It is a nice way to say ‘I want.’ Vorrei una pizza/un gelato per favore. — I would like a pizza/a gelato please.
Prendo — I take. Another way to indicate you want something when ordering. Prendo un cappuccino e un dolce. — I’ll take a cappuccino and a dessert.
Dov’è? — Where is? Just add whatever you need to find at the end! Scusi, dov’è la stazione? Ci siamo persi. — Excuse me, where is the train station? We are lost.
Come si dice…? — How do you say…?
Che figata! — How cool!
Vorrei un bicchiere di vino per favore. — I would like a glass of wine please.
Devo andare in bagno. — I need to go to the bathroom.
Che bel tramonto! — What a beautiful sunset!
Ti voglio bene. — I love you. Used for friends and family
Ti amo. — I love you. Only used for significant others. Note the difference!
Devo scappare! — I gotta run!
Here are just some of the many words and phrases there are to learn in Italian. Pick a few that you can remember and start out with learning those first! In bocca al lupo! (Good Luck!)