Basic phrases

Here are some basic Italian phrases which you can use in everyday conversation, as well as some common words you will see on signs.


yes
nono
forseperhaps
 
per favoreplease (when asking for something)
pregoplease (when inviting someone to do something or offering them something)
 
graziethanks
grazie tantethanks very much
molte graziethanks very much

The following are some polite ways you can reply to someone who thanks you:

pregoyou're welcome
figurati (familiar), si figuri (polite)don't mention it
di nientenot at all

Salutarsi e congedarsi – Saying hello and goodbye

Here are some different ways to greet people:

ciaohi (quite informal)
salvehello
 
buongiornogood morning, good afternoon (used until 3pm)
buon pomeriggiogood afternoon (used between 3pm and 6pm)
buona seragood evening (used after 6pm)
 
ciaobye
arrivedercigoodbye
ci vediamo!see you!
buona giornata!have a nice day!
buona serata!have a nice evening!
buonanottegood night

Attirare l'attenzione di qualcuno e chiedere scusa – Apologising and getting someone's attention

scusaexcuse me; sorry (familiar)
scusamiexcuse me; sorry (familiar)
scusiexcuse me; sorry (polite)
mi scusiexcuse me; sorry (polite)
 
non c'è problemano problem
fa niente or non fa nientethat's OK
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Sound is available for all the Italian phrases on this page — simply click on any phrase to hear it.

Farsi capire – Making yourself understood

io non parlo italianoI don't speak Italian
parlo poco italianoI speak a little Italian
non parlo molto bene italianoI don't speak Italian very well
 
parli più lentamente per favoreplease speak more slowly (polite)
lo scriva per favoreplease write it down
può ripetere per favore?could you please repeat that?
 
capisco or ho capitoI understand
non capiscoI don't understand

Altre frasi di base – Other basic phrases

lo soI know
non lo soI don't know
 
scusi, dov'è il bagno?excuse me, where's the toilet? (polite)

Cose che potreste vedere – Things you might see

EntrataEntrance
UscitaExit
Uscita di emergenzaEmergency exit
 
SpingerePush
TirarePull
 
WCToilets
UominiGentlemen
DonneLadies
LiberoVacant
OccupatoEngaged
 
GuastoOut of order
Vietato fumareNo smoking
PrivatoPrivate
Divieto d'ingressoNo entry