Common Italian phrases
Per favore: Please
Grazie: Thank you. You may also hear “grazie mille” (literally “a thousand thanks”) to mean many thanks.
Prego: You’re welcome
Mi chiamo…: My name is… You may also say “Sono….”
Non parlo italiano: I don’t speak Italian
Parla inglese?: Do you speak English? This is the formal version, but you can also ask parli inglese? if you’d like to be informal.
Sì: Yes. Other popular affirmations: va bene (fine), okay.
Dove: Where. You may ask “Dov’è (street or landmark)…?” for directions.
Helpful words for getting around Italy
Macchina: Car. Also known as auto
Autobus: Bus. A coach bus is sometimes referred to as pullman
Banca: Bank. Be sure to ask for a bancomat if you’re looking for an ATM
Dov’è il bagno?: Where is the bathroom?
Quanto costa?: How much does it cost?
Che ore sono?: What time is it?
Destra (right), sinistra (left), dritto (straight)
Vicino (close), lontano (far)
Uno (1), due (2), tre (3), quattro (4), cinque (5), sei (6), sette (7), otto (8), nove (9), dieci (10)
Days of the week
lunedì (Monday), martedì (Tuesday), mercoledì (Wednesday), giovedì (Thursday), venerdì (Friday), sabato (Saturday), domenica (Sunday).