By Stefano Lodola
Why learn the most common Italian sentences and phrases first
Don’t feel overwhelmed only because there’s an infinite number of sentences in Italian. I have some good news: you only need to know a fraction of the total number of Italian sentences to be able to speak Italian fluently. For example, by knowing as little as 100 words you will understand 50% of any text in Italian. With little effort, you can have a real conversation with someone during your trip.
Have real conversations from day one
Once you start learning a few basic sentences in Italian you will have the knowledge to start your first Italian conversation. That’s why I put together sentences and phrases that simulate real-life conversations to get you speaking Italian in no time.
Feel how easy it is to learn become confident
Every language experience should start gradually, from the easiest to the more complex concepts. Learn Italian, starting with the easiest and most common Italian phrases, you will feel confident in your ability to learn a new language.
Become fluent quicker
Starting with the basics, we quickly lay a foundation for you to learn more complex Italian phrases and sentences. We gradually build your Italian knowledge so you get fluent faster than you could imagine.
Become smarter by learning Italian
Learning a new language is a perfect way to boost your IQ. In no time, your brain will make new connections and associations and you’ll feel that learning Italian was one of the best choices you ever made.
Listen and repeat useful sentences and phrases
The best way to learn Italian is by speaking. Not just listening or reading. Right now, you should be speaking Italian with a native speaker, even if you’re just a beginner. If you don’t have the time, the money, or the courage, you can still practice speaking by yourself. How? With an audio course like “Ripeti con me!”.
With this Italian audio course, you’ll improve your Italian by listening and repeating. As you go through the course, small changes are made to the sentences, moving different components in and out. In this way, you’re learning new words and how sentences are formed. Grammar isn’t explicitly taught but you’ll begin to pick up the various grammar points on your own.
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100+ Essential Italian travel phrases and words
Everyone should learn essential Italian conversational words and phrases before traveling to Italy. These words and expressions are sure to come up in most everyday conversations.
Make sure to pack these phrases to help you prepare for those common situations travelers find themselves in. Learn Italian sentences that you actually need.
Greetings and courteous phrases
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. You’ll already speak like a native.
- Salve! – Hello (any time of day)
- Buongiorno – Good morning/afternoon. It is always polite to say “Hi” every morning because Italian speakers are really sociable. “Good morning” in Italian is “Buongiorno”.
- Buonasera – Good evening
- Buonanotte – Goodnight
- Grazie mille – Thank you very much
- Arrivederci – Goodbye
- Mi chiamo… – My name is _
- Sono americano/canadese/inglese – I’m American/Canadian/English
- Piacere – Nice to meet you
Being polite is important also when you travel to Italy. And it doesn’t cost anything, it’s free! Learn the following words and phrases to have a basic, polite conversation, and sound like a native.
- Sì (yes)
- No (no)
- Per favore; per piacere; per cortesia (please)
- Grazie (Thank you)
- Molte grazie (Thank you very much.)
- Prego! (You’re welcome!)
- Si figuri! (It’s nothing.)
- Mi scusi. (Excuse me.)
- Prego (by all means)
- Può ripetere, per cortesia? (Can you please repeat)
I don’t understand
You want to learn Italian sentences to communicate. However, 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. You just need to learn Italian sentences to show that you don’t understand.
- Mi scusi, non capisco – I don’t understand!
- Non parlo italiano molto bene – I don’t speak Italian very well
- Cosa vuole dire? – What does that mean?
- Parla inglese? – Do you speak English?
- Mi scusi – I’m sorry
- Non lo so – I don’t know
- Va bene – All right
- Non importa – Never mind
At the restaurant
Dining is one of the best parts of traveling to Italy. However, reading an Italian menu can be intimidating!
Nevertheless, understanding how Italians dine will help you get the most out of your travel experience, especially in the many local, off-the-beaten-path establishments. So you should learn Italian sentences and phrases related to food and dining.
Here are some helpful hints on how to pick a restaurant on your trip to Italy and how to navigate its menu with confidence (and pay the bill too!).
- Un tavolo per uno / due, per favore – A table for one / two ,please
- Siete già aperti? – Are you open yet?
- Mi scusi! – Excuse me! (Calling a waiter)
- Cosa mi consiglia? – What do you recommend?
- Qual è la specialità della casa? – What’s your most popular dish?
- Cos’è questo? – What’s this?
- Faccia Lei! – It’s up to you/You can decide
- Il conto, per favore – The cheque, please
- Potrei avere il menu, per favore? – Can I have the menu, please?
- Possiamo aspettare (per un tavolo)? – Can we wait (for a table)?
- Possiamo sederci qui? – Can we sit here?