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Basic sentences of Italian To Survive Your First Conversation


Basic sentences of Italian language

Are you planning to go to Italy? The language is not that easy, for sure it has detailed grammar, but getting to learn a few basic sentences of Italian might make the difference during your stay! The fastest way to prepare for Italian conversations is to learn words that are likely to come up in every day talking.

Learning Italian will allow you to learn more about the country’s culture and history and will create a precious connection with the inhabitants. Do not feel under pressure: Neapolitans are well known for being extremely friendly and easygoing, but of course, learning something from this beautiful language can make your holiday even funnier!

Keep in mind that there are certain aspects of Italian pronunciation that are not used in the same way in the English language. For example the double consonant sounds, very common in Italian and not very common in English.

Let’s start from the beginning!

Italian Basic greetings and pleasantries

What’s the first thing you’ll hear once you put your foot in Italy? As in any other language, greetings, and pleasantries are the first steps to start a conversation. The most common are:

  • Salve! – Hello [any time of day]
  • Salve, come va? – Hello, how are you?
  • Buongiorno – Good morning
  •  Buon pomeriggio – Good afternoon
  • Buonasera – Good evening
  • Buonanotte – Goodnight

Asking and answering small talk questions in Italian

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! Learning a new language is a matter of time, and finding difficulties in a starting phase is 100% normal. Anyway, if you have doubts about what has been said to you, try to use one of these sentences:

  • Mi scusi, non capisco – I don’t understand!
  • Non parlo italiano molto bene – I don’t speak Italian very well
  • Potrebbe ripetere, per favore? – Could you say that again please?

Numbers are of course very important in everyday life. Check out here to learn Italian numbers easily: numbers in Italian

Of course, one of the most useful things to learn is to communicate about public transport to get around. Let’s consider a few sentences that can help you reach your destination:

  • Vorrei andare a….– I want to go to …
  •  A che ora parte il prossimo treno per …? – What time is the next train to…
  • È di qua? – Is it this way?
  • Quanto costa? – How much is it?
  • Un biglietto –  One ticket
  • Come posso arrivarci? – How can I get there?
  • Dov’è…? – Where is…?

One last thing: how to introduce yourself to your new Italian friends? Let’s start with names.

  • Sono… [+ your name]
    For example: Sono George (I’m George)

On the other side, if it’s you asking someone’s name, you can use this sentence:

  • Come ti chiami? – What’s your name?

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