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Basic Phrases

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Hello!Ciao!
Hi!Salve!
GoodbyeArrivederci! (formal)
GoodbyeCiao! (informal)
Yes
NoNo
How are you?Come sta? (formal)
 Come stai? (informal)
Very goodMolto bene
Very well thanks, and you?Molto bene, e lei? (formal)
 Molto bene, e tu? (informal)
ExcellentBenissimo
OK / GoodVa bene or D'accordo
Good dayBuongiorno
Good eveningBuonasera
Good nightBuonanotte
See you laterCi vediamo!
See you tomorrowCi vediamo domani!
PleasePer favore
Thank youGrazie
Thank you very much.Molte grazie.
- or -Grazie mille.
You're welcome.Prego.
It was nothing.Niente.
Excuse me / Sorry!Scusa!
May I?Permesso?
Cheers! (toast)Salute!
OpenAperto
ClosedChiuso
PullTirare
PushSpingere
bigGrande
smallPiccolo

Do you speak English?Parla inglese?
A little.Un po'.
I don't speak Italian.Non parlo italiano.
I only speak a little Italian.Parlo solo un po' d'italiano.
I understood.Ho capito.
I don't understand.Non ho capito.
Could you say that again, please?Puoi ripetere, per favore?
Could you please speak more slowly?-
Could you write that down, please?Potrebbe scriverlo, per favore?
My bag was stolen!-
My wallet was stolen!-
My passport was stolen!-
I need a doctor!-
Call the police!-

Italian Phrases


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