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Useful words and phrases in English and Italian

Pronunciation help

There are some particularities in pronouncing some letters in Italian, see the following
Letter explanation Examples
double consonants those have to be pronounced, either by doubling it or accentuating it, as the meaning of a word can change completely cassa (vs. casa), pappa (vs. papà)
ch a c followed by an h is pronounced like a - k - bruschetta, gnocchi, zucchini
gli the g is not pronounced, instead pronounce it like - lli -- figlio, glielo, consiglio
gn the "g" is not pronounced, instead say a nasal - "n" - gnocchi
à è ì ò ù Many Italian words are accentuated on the first syllable, but not if there is an accent on the vowel: lunedì, caffè, farò

Words & Phrases


English Italian
Yes Si
No No
I only speak english Parlo solo inglese
I don’t understand Non capisco
Could you repeat, please? Puoi ripetere per favore?

Greetings & Politeness

English Italian
Hello Ciao
Nice to meet you Piacere (di conoscerti)
Thank you Grazie
You’re welcome Prego
Please Per favore
Excuse me (Mi) scusi
Good morning Buon Giorno
Good evening Buona sera
How are you? Come va?
See you soon Arrivederci
What’s your name? Come si chiama?

Tourism & Places & Buying

English Italian
1 beer please Una birra per favore
1 big beer please Una grande birra per favore
1 small beer please Una piccola birra per favore
How much does this cost? Quanto costa questo?
I want to buy this (or: I would like to buy this) Voglio comprare questo ( vorrei comprare questo)
Where is _____? Dove si trova____?
Do you sell _____ ? Vendete _____?
Do you have _____ ? Avete ____ ?
I'm a vegetarian/vegan Sono un vegetariano/vegano (female: sono una vegetariana/vegana)
How long does it take to get to ____? Quanto tempo ci vuole per arrivare ____?
Which subway / train / tram do I take to get to ____? Quale metropolitana / treno / tram devo prendere per arrivare a ___?
Which bus do I take to get to ____? Quale autobus devo prendere per arrivare a ___?
Can I go from here to ____ ? Posso andare da qui a ____ ?
May I take photographs in this museum? Posso fare fotografie in questo museo?
How old is ____ ? Quanto vecchio è _____?
Could you please take a picture for us? Potresti per favore fare una foto per noi?
How much does it cost to enter? Quanto costa entrare?
What time does the museum / shop / bar close? A che ora chiude questo museo / negozio / bar?
Is this museum / shop / bar open on Sunday? Questo museo / negozio / bar è aperto domenica?
Does this bus go to ___? Questo autobus va a _____?
How much is a ticket to ___? Quanto costa un biglietto per ____?
How long is the bus ride? Quanto dura l'autobus?
Supermarket Supermercato
Bakery Pannetteria/panifcio
Pharmacy Farmacia
I’d like to pay in cash Vorrei pagare in contanti
I’d like to pay by credit / debit card Mi piacerebbe pagare con carta di credito / carta di debito
Where is the nearest ATM? Dov'è l'ATM più vicino?


English German
1 Uno
2 Due
3 Tre
4 Quattro
5 Cinque
6 Sei
7 Sette
8 Otto
9 Nove
10 Dieci
11 Undici
12 Dodici
13 Tredici
14 Quattordici
15 Quindici
16 Sedici
17 Diciassette
18 Diciotto
19 Dicianove
20 Venti

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