Basic Italian

Phrase list

For this phrasebook, we use the polite form for all phrases, on the presumption that you’ll mostly be talking to people you don’t already know.

Common signs
OPEN
APERTO (ah-PEHR-toh)
CLOSED
CHIUSO (KYOO-soh)
ENTRANCE
ENTRATA (ehn-TRAH-tah)
EXIT
USCITA (oo-SHEE-tah)
PUSH
SPINGERE (SPEEN-jeh-reh)
PULL
TIRARE (tee-RAH-reh)
TOILET
TOILETTE (twah-LEHT)
MEN
UOMINI (WOH-mee-nee)
WOMEN
DONNE (dohn-NEH)
FORBIDDEN
PROIBITO (proy-BEE-toh)
NO SMOKING
NON FUMATORI (nohn foo-mah-TOH-ree)
Hello. (formal)
Buon giorno. (bwohn JOHR-noh)
Hello. (informal)
Ciao. (chow)
How are you?
Come stai? (informal)(koh-meh STAI?), Come sta? (formal)(koh-meh STAH?)
Fine, thank you.
Bene, grazie. (BEH-neh, GRAHT-tsyeh)
What is your name?
Come ti chiami? (informal)(KOH-meh tee kee-AH-mee?), Come si chiama? (formal)(KOH-meh see kee-AH-mah?)
My name is ______ .
Mi chiamo ______ . (mee kee-AH-moh _____)
Nice to meet you.
Piacere di conoscerla. (pyah-CHEH-reh dee koh-noh-SHEHR-lah)
Please.
Per favore. (PEHR fah-VOH-reh)
Thank you.
Grazie. (GRAHT-tsyeh)
You’re welcome.
Prego. (PREH-goh)
No problem.
Non c’è problema (non cheh proh-BLEH-mah)
Yes
Sì. (SEE)
No
No. (noh)
Excuse me
Mi scusi. (formal)(mee SKOO-zee), Scusa (informal)(SKOO-sah)
What’s that?
Che cos’è? (KAY kohz-ay)
I’m sorry.
Mi dispiace. (mee dee-SPYA-chee)
Goodbye. (informal)
Ciao. (ahr-ree-veh-DEHR-chee/ahd-DEE-oh)
Goodbye. (formal)
Arrivederci. (ahr-ree-veh-DEHR-chee)
See you. 
Ci vediamo. (chee veh-DYAH-moh)
Sure.
Certamente, or Certo (cher-TAH-men-teh or CHEHR-toh)
Really?
Davvero? (dahv-VEH-roh?)
I don’t speak Italian.
Non parlo italiano. (non PAHR-loh ee-TAH-lyah-noh)
Do you speak English?
Parla inglese? (Formal)(PAHR-lah een-GLEH-zeh?) Parli inglese? (Informal)(PAHR-lee een-GLEH-zeh?)
Speak more slowly, please.
Parli più lentamente/piano, per favore. (PAHR-lee pyoo lehn-TAH-mehn-teh/ PYAH-noh, pehr fah-VOH-reh)
I understand Italian a little.
Io capisco l’Italiano solo un po’. (EE-oh kah-PEES-koh lee-TAH-lyah-noh SOH-loh oon poh)
I speak just a few words of Italian. 
Conosco solo alcune parole in italiano. (koh-NOHS-koh SOH-loh ahl-KOO-neh pah-ROH-leh een ee-TAH-lyah-noh)
Is there someone here who speaks English?
Qualcuno parla inglese? (kwahl-KOO-noh PAHR-lah een-GLEH-zeh?)
What does it mean?
Che cosa significa? or, Che cosa vuol dire? (keh KOH-zah see-NYEE-fee-kah?, keh KOH-zah vwohl DEE-reh?)
I forgot.
Ho dimenticato. (oh dee-MEHN-tee-kah-toh)
Now I remember.
Ora ricordo. (OH-rah ree-KOHR-doh)
I don’t know.
Non lo so. (nohn loh soh)
After
Dopo (DOH-poh)
Before
Prima (PREE-mah)
Wait!
Aspetta! (ahs-PEHT-tah)
I have a question. 
Ho una domanda. (oh OO-nah doh-MAHN-dah)
Can you tell me… 
  Lei può dirmi… (lay pwoh DEER-mee)
How to get to… 
Come arrivare a… (KOH-meh ahr-REE-vah-reh ah)
Where/When do we meet?
Dove/Quando ci incontriamo? (DOH-veh/ KWAHN-doh chee een-KOHN-tryah-moh?)
How is the weather?
Che tempo fa? (keh TEHM-poh fah)
While
Mentre (MEHN-treh)
So
Così (koh-ZEE)
Why/Because
Perché (pehr-KEH)
Pardon? 
Come? (KOH-meh?)
Help!
Aiuto! (ah-YOO-toh!)
Good morning.
Buon giorno. (bwohn JOHR-noh)
Good afternoon.
Buon pomeriggio. (bwohn poh-meh-REE-joh)
Good evening.
Buona sera. (bwoh-nah-SEH-rah)
Good night.
Buona notte. (bwoh-nah-NOHT-teh)
I don’t understand.
Non capisco. (nohn kah-PEES-koh)
Where are the restrooms? (public place)
Dove sono i gabinetti? (doh-VEH SOH-noh ee gah-bee-NEHT-tee)
Where is the bathroom? (someone’s home)
Dov’è il bagno? (doh-VEH eel BAHN-yoh)

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