how are you today? I guess you are quite happy because it’s Friday.
Well, before starting to party I would like to help you in improving your Italian in case you’ll meet some nice Italian guys walking into a bar.
Here it is a short list of the minimum Italian Phrases you should master perfectly.
|Ciao||It means “Hello”. You can say “Ciao” when you meet or leave someone you know, it’s a very informal way to say hello to people.
|Buongiorno||It means “”Good morning” and of course you are allowed to say “Buongiorno” from the early morning until midday.|
|Buonasera||It means “Good evening” and you can use it from 6 pm until 9 pm. If you are leaving some friends and you want to wish them a good evening you can also say: “Buonaserata”.|
|Buon pomeriggio||It means “Good afternoon”. You can say “Buon Pomeriggio” from midday until 5 pm|
|Buonanotte||It means “Good night” and it is usually used when someone is going to sleep.
|Arrivederci||“Arrivederci” means “see you” and you can use it everytime you know you are going to see again a person.|
|Io mi chiamo||If someone asks you “Come ti chiami?” which means “What’s your name” you should answer:”Io mi chiamo xxx”.|
|Quanti anni hai?||Let’s someone asked you “come ti chiami?” and you answer “Io mi chiamo xxx” now it’s your turn to make a question such us:”Quanti anni hai?” which means “how old are you?”|
|Di dove sei?||If you are speaking with a girl maybe it’s not really appropriated to ask “Quanti anni hai?” so you could opt for “Di dove sei?” which means “Where are you from?”|
|Scusami, sto imparando l’Italiano ma non parlo molto bene.||The conversation starts to be difficult? If so you could say “Scusami, sto imparando l’Italiano ma non parlo molto bene” which means “Sorry, I’m learning Italian but I don’t speak really well”.|
|Scusami non ho capito la parola xxx||Your interlocutor keeps speaking but you feel you missed a specific word to get the meaning of his/her question. You can simply say “Scusami non ho capito la parola xxx” which means “Sorry what xxx does it mean?”|
|Potresti scriverla su questo foglio?||It means “Could you write it down for me?” People are happy to look smart and most will help you. So you can ask her/him to write down the word for you, smile and give the person a piece of paper.|
|Grazie mille, sei molto gentile||“Thanks a lot, you are very kind” you”ll make the person really happy and delighted.|
Today I feel surprisingly kind and I also recorded for you the real Italian pronunciation of these phrases. Listen to the podcast below and improve your Italian with 12speak!
ENJOY THE WEEKEND!