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Basic Italian phrases

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Although not strictly necessary, a few words of Italian will go a long way when you are visiting Italy. These are a fun few words that you can get you tongue around. The third column is ‘Italglish’ Italian written in an English way to help with phonetics.
 
 

Useful everyday words you may hear or need to say:

Yes
see
No
no
no
Perhaps
forse
forsay
Please (when asking for something)
per favore
Pear fav oray
Please (when inviting someone to do something or offering them something)
prego
praygo
Thanks
grazie
Gra ziay
Thanks very much
grazie tante
Graziay tantay
 
Responses you may hear in return:
 
You're welcome
Prego
Praygo
Don't mention it
figurati (familiar), si figuri (polite)
Figuratee
Not at all
di niente
Dee knee ente
 

Different ways to greet people:

Hi (quite informal)
ciao
Cheeow
Hello
salve
Salvay
Good morning, good afternoon (used until 3pm)
buongiorno
Bon jaw no
Good afternoon (used between 3pm and 6pm)
buon pomeriggio
Bon pommer I geeow
Good evening (used after 6pm)
buona sera
Bwona sarah
Bye
ciao
Cheeow
Goodbye
arrivederci
Arreva der chee
See you!
ci vediamo!
Chee ved yamo
Have a nice day!
buona giornata!
Bwona jaw nata
Have a nice evening!
buona serata!
Bwona sarahta
Good night
buonanotte
Bwona not ay
Apologising and getting someone's attention:
Excuse me; sorry 
scusi
Skoozee
Excuse me; sorry 
mi scusi
Me skoozee
No problem
non c'è problema
Non chay problema
That's OK
fa niente or non fa niente
Fa knee ente or non fa knee ente
 

Making yourself understood:

I don't speak Italian
non parlo italiano
Non parlow italiano
I speak a little Italian
parlo poco italiano
Parlow poco italiano
I don't speak Italian very well
non parlo italiono molto bene
Non palow itlaiano moltoe bearne
Please speak more slowly 
parli più lentamente per favore
Parlee pew lent a mente pear fav ore
Please write it down
lo scriva per favore
Low scre var pear fav ore
Could you please repeat that?
può ripetere per favore?
Pwow rip etere pear fav ore
I understand
capisco or ho capito
Cap isco or non cap eeto
I don't understand
non capisco
Non cap eesco
 

Other basic phrases:

I know
lo so
Low sew
I don't know
non lo so
Non low sew
Excuse me, where's the toilet? (polite)
scusi, dov’è il bagno?
Scoo see, do vay il banyo
 

Important words you may see:

Entrata
Entrance
En trah ta
Uscita
Exit
Oo she ta
Uscita di emergenza
Emergency exit
Oo she ta emergen see a
Spingere
Push
Spin yer ee
Tirare
Pull
Tee ar ay
Uomini
Gentlemen
Whoo man ee
Donne
Ladies
Donnay
Libero
Vacant
Leeb ero
Occupato
Engaged
Oc you part o
Guasto
Out of order
Gwa stow
Vietato fumare
No smoking
Vee et arto foo maray
Privato
Private
Pree vart o
Divieto d'ingresso
No entry
Dee vee eto din gresso
 

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