The high season is coming, which means better weather (at least for most European countries), open restaurant gardens and… even more cheap flights to Italy!
If you are planning a trip to Rome, Naples or Sicily but your knowledge of Italian is limited to “Ciao Bella”, then this post might be worth keeping at hand. Here are a few WORDS and phrases which can save you some troublesome misunderstandings!
Buongiorno – good morning
(you might also hear buon pomeriggio in the afternoon or buonasera in the evening)
Arrivederci – goodbye
(even though the most popular ciao will work anytime during the day)
Come va? – how’s it going?
(possible answers: bene – fine, male – not fine (improbable!) and così-così – so-so)
Grazie mille! – thank you very much!
(you can also choose between molte grazie and grazie tante)
Per favore – please
Mi scusi – excuse me
(this is a formal form – use scusa while talking to a friend)
Dov’è? – where?
(e.g. while looking for a restroom: dov’è il bagno?)
Quanto costa? – how much is it?
Il conto – bill/check
(simply say il conto per favore and the bill will arrive soon)
L’acqua minerale – mineral water
(either naturale –still or frizzante – sparkling)
mangiare – to eat
ti amo – I love you
mi piace – I like it
mi dispiace – I am sorry
assaggia! – try it!
sono – I am
sono felice – I am happy
la casa – a house
l’aeroporto – the airport
il supermercato – supermarket
il bancomat – ATM
il vino (rosso/bianco) – wine (white/red)
la birra – beer
Last but not least:
si – yes
no – no
non lo so – I don’t know
In case, feel free to drop me a message – I’ll be glad to assist!