Useful Italian phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Italian.

To see these phrases in many other languages click on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person, inf = informal, frm = formal, m = male (said by males), f = female (said by females), >m = said to males, >f said to females.

English italiano (Italian)
Welcome Benvenuto (sg-m)
Benvenuti (pl-m)
Benvenuta (sg-f)
Benvenute (pl-f)
Hello
(General greeting)
Ciao
Salve
Hello (on phone) Pronto?
How are you? Come va?
Come stai? (inf)
Come sta? (frm)
Reply to 'How are you?' Bene grazie. E tu? (inf)
Bene grazie. E lei? (frm)
Long time no see Quanto tempo!
What's your name? Come ti chiami? (inf)
Come si chiama? (frm)
My name is ... Mi chiamo ...
Where are you from? Da dove vieni?
Di dove sei? (inf)
Da dove viene?
Di dov'è? (frm)
I'm from ... Vengo da ...
Sono di ...
Pleased to meet you Piacere
Piacere di conoscerti (inf)
Piacere di conoscerla (frm)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Buongiorno
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Buongiorno
Buon pomeriggio
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Buonasera
Good night Buonanotte
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Ciao
Ci vediamo
Arrivederci
Arrivederla (frm)
Good luck Buona fortuna!
In bocca al lupo!
Cheers!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Salute!
Cin cin!
Have a nice day Buona giornata!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Buon appetito!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Buon viaggio!
I understand Capisco
I don't understand Non capisco
Non ho capito
Yes
No No
Maybe Forse
Magari
I don't know Non lo so
Please speak more slowly Può parlare più lentamente?
Please write it down Può scriverlo, per favore? (frm)
Puoi scriverlo, per favore? (inf)
Do you speak English? Parli inglese? (inf)
Parla inglese? (frm)
Do you speak Italian? Parli italiano? (inf)
Parla italiano? (frm)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Sì, un poco
Speak to me in Italian Parla italiano con me
Potete parlarmi in italiano
How do you say ... in Italian? Come si dice ... in italiano?
Excuse me Permesso (let me through)
Scusa! (inf)
Scusami! (inf)
Scusi! (frm)
Mi scusi! (frm) - pardon
How much is this? Quanto costa?
Sorry Scusa! (inf)
Scusi! (frm)
Mi dispiace
Thank you Grazie
Molte grazie
Grazie mille
Reply to thank you Prego
Where's the toilet? Dov'è la toilette?
Dov'è il bagno?
This gentleman will pay for everything Pagherà tutto questo signore
This lady will pay for everything Pagherà tutto questa signora
Would you like to dance with me? Vuole ballare con me? (frm)
Vuoi ballare con me? (inf)
Balliamo? (inf)
I miss you Mi manchi (>sg)
Mi mancate (>pl)
I love you Ti amo
Get well soon Guarisci presto!
Auguri di pronta guarigione!
Leave me alone! Lasciami in pace! Vattene! (inf)
Mi lasci in pace! Se ne vada! (frm)
Help! Aiuto!
Fire! Al fuoco!
Stop! Ferma!
Stop!
Alt!
Call the police! Chiama la polizia! (inf)
Chiami la polizia! (frm/sg)
Chiamate la polizia! (inf)
Chiamino la polizia! (frm/pl)
Christmas and New Year greetings Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo
Easter greetings Buona Pasqua
Birthday greetings Buon compleanno
One language is never enough Una sola lingua non è mai abbastanza
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Il mio hovercraft è pieno di anguille
Il mio aeroscivolante è pieno di anguille
Il mio aliscafo è pieno di anguille

Italian audio and some translations by Andrea Pollett and Chiara Maggi

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Links

Other collections of Italian phrases (some with audio)
http://www.single-serving.com/Italian/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/languages/italian/italian_fix/phrase/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/italian/quickfix/
http://www.learn-italian-language-software.com/phrases/FSItalian.htm
http://italian.about.com/library/survival/blsurvivalindex.htm
http://www.linguanaut.com/english_italian
http://www.ielanguages.com/italian1.html

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