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The Language of Love, Passion and Expression Learn to speak Italian
Italian's are expressive and we talk with actions to emphasise our feelings!
When learning to speak you need to be confident and you need to learn how to pronounce the words so that it will be easy to understand.
Conversational Italian tips will help you when you are lost or you need to order something in a restaurant.
If you are about to travel to Italy then here are a few sentences for you to learn so that you can enjoy the tastes and sites of Italia and get by with ease!
There are different dialects in certain places but every Italian will understand you once you have learnt conversational Italian....they might even help you with more language lessons too!
In Italy there are many people that speak English so if you are stuck with the words just ask anyone to help you or point you in the direction of where you would like to be.
Get a map before you get there and if all fails, you can point yourself to where you want to go.
There are lots of information desks all over and most of the guest relations officers speak English so they will be helpful to you.
When checking in to your hotel make sure that you understand the credit card rates before you give out your card as some of the hotels put the full amount of your stay on when you check in.
Pronouncing the Italian Words
Ciao - chow
Dove - door veh
Bagaglio - bahgah lio
Greetings in Italian - Airport
Lets start with greetings;
Where do I check in
Dove check - in
Where is foreign exchange
Dove e il cambio
My luggage is lost
Bagaglio e perso
Where is the exit
Dove l' uscita
Quick Study English Greetings
Hello, my name is Michelle
I would like to check in
Here is my passport
Where is the gate?
I am cold
What is your name?
Pleasure (to meet you)
Quick Italian Greeetings
Ciao, mi chiamo Michelle
Ecco il mio passaporto
Dove si trova il cancello?
On the Plane
Acqua per favore
succo per favore
Io ho freddo
Come ti chiamo
Taking a taxi in Italy
Language Lessons for Italy
Once you have arrived and managed to get out of the airpoirt you need to find transport to your hotel.
Where is the bus? Dov'è l'autobus
Where is the taxi? Dov'e taxi
How much? Quanto
Please take me to the hotel ti prego, portami all' hotel
The pronunciation is the way that you see it, just pretend that you are Italian an speak with passion!
The ...... hotel please
Please slow down
The quickest route please
Do you have a meter?
Please stop here
Come back in one hour
Conversation with an Italian Taxi Driver
L'hotel ...... per favore
Si prega di rallentare
La strada veloce per favore
Avete un metro
Si prega di smettere qui
Pottrebe prendermi in un' ora
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Hotel Check In - Italian Lessons
I am checking in my name is ...... Sto controllando in, il mio nome e........
Is there a porter c'e un portiere
Where do I go dove devo andare
What time is dinner che ora e la cena (chenah)
Do you have foreign exchange avete cambi
I would like to check out vorrei controllare
Taxi please taxi per favore
Hubpages - Speaking Italian
Come stai? How are you?
bene grazie e tu? Fine thanks and you?
fabene Very well
Come ti chiamo? What is your name?
Mi chiama Natasha My name is Natasha
Piacere Pleasure (to meet you)
Dove' sei? Where are you from?
Dove' abiti? Where do you live?
In a Restaurant - Speaking Italian
Once you are seated the waiter will come and ask you if you would like something to drink.
Vorrei un .....coca - cola
Water - Aqua
Mineral water - Acqua minerale
Coffee with milk - Cafe latte
Black coffee - Cafe nero
Beer - Birra
Wine - vino red- rosso white- bianco
Juice - succo
To order food it is easy to look at the menu and see what there is. The waiter will ask, "Mi Dica" which means tell me what you would like.
Most of the Italian restaurants serve chicken, fish and meat.
Chicken - pollo
Meat - Carne
Fish - Pesce (peh sheh)
Salad - insalata
Pasta - pasta
The easiest and safest to order would be pasta. Arrabiata means it is "spicy hot"
Can I have the bill? Posso avera la fattura or you can just say - Acconto perfavore
I am allergic to nuts - sono allergico alle noce (noh cheh)
Enjoying the food in Italy means that you can order anything and enjoy it because the taste is so good.
Look out for these things to avoid eating something that you will not enjoy.
Coniglio - rabbit
Fegati - livers
Trippa - tripe
Asking for help in Italy
Where is the toilet? Dove il Bagnio (Bun - e -or)
I am lost mi sono perso
Please can you help me per favore aiutatemi (awutaa-teh-me)
Do you speak English parli Inglese
Where can I find dove posso trovare......
How much? quanto
Bus stop please - Fermatta dell' autobus per favore
What is the time - Che ore sono? (kay aur he)
How do I get to this hotel? - Come arrivare a questo hotel (kohmuo)
Do you have a map? Hai una mappa
Where are you going? Dove vai?
What time does the ferry leave? Che ora lasciare il traghetto? (lah -sha - rey)
Pronouncing the Italian Words
Chi - is pronounced without the "h" and sounds like "key"
Ce - is pronounced with the "h" and sounds like "cheh"
If you have a word with glio in it the "g" is silent eg; baglio - pronounced bah-leeoh
Dove' - doh - veh
Buon Giorno - bon geor-noh
Come Stai? kho meh sty
Bene - beh neh
Buongiorno - bwon - johr - no
Chiamo - key - ah - mor
Arrivederci - ah - ree- vah - der - chi ( goodbye in Rome)
Anything female has the word "A" at the end and male is "o"
The most important thing to know in Italian when in Italy is Aiutami - oy - tah - me
Italians are very helpful and extremely patient!!
Italian's use Euro's
Counting in Italian
Uno- (ooh - no) 1
Due- (do - weh) 2
tre- (treh) 3
quattro- (quat - raw) 4
cinque- (chin - kwa) 5
sei- (say) 6
sette- (set - the) 7
otto- (aw- toh) 8
nove- (noh - veh) 9
diece- (deer - chi) 10
How much? Quanto?
Where is my change? Dove' il mio cambiamento?
Can I have a receipt? Posso avere una ricevuta?
I gave you 100 Ti ho dato 100
My change is wrong? il mio cambiamento e' sbagliato
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Greetings in Italian
You can use Ciao to say hello and goodbye but if you want to show that you know a little more than you can try some of these for greetings.
Buongiorno good morning
Buonasera - good afternoon
Buona notte - good night
Arrivederci - goodbye ( in Rome)
Che bella giornata! - What a beautiful day!
Fa freddo - It is cold
Fa caldo - it is hot
Voglio il Gelato - I want ice- cream
Mille Grazie - Thank you very much
Ti amo - I love you
Come' Bello - How beautiful
Piacere di conoscerti - Nice to meet you
Helpful Italian Words
Dov'e l' autobus? Where is the bus
Quanto dista la stazione? How far is the station?
Dove posso travare una mappa? Where can I find a map
Dove e il banco informazione? Where is the information desk?
Bisogno di medico? I need a doctor?