Let’s go to Italy! =

Let’s face it – everything sounds 10x more lovely in one of love languages. Italian has a way of flowing off the tongue beautifully whether hearing two lovers speaking low on the street, canoodling or two men arguing with their hands flying in the air. But then again, this makes it all the more embarrassing to walk around butchering the accent or the sentences.
You may expect, especially in the tourist destinations to get by speaking English or some broken Italian. While you may get through the trip, knowing some basic Italian words will go a long way! Plus, the Italian people really appreciate the effort. Their warm and friendly demeanor you see in movies really does hold up. With a smile and few words, the gelataio may be inviting you for Sunday’s cena.
Let’s start with the basics. First, it’s important to understand the difference between formal and informal salutations. When in doubt, use the formal option to avoid offending or walking into a place saying the equivalent of “sup?” to the manager.

Ready? = Pronto?
Let’s go! = Andiamo!
Hello = Ciao (informal) / Salve (formal)
Goodbye = Ciao (informal) / Arrivederci (formal)
Please = Per favore / Per piacere
Thank you/Thank you so much = Grazie/Grazie mille(Literally 1,000 thanks)
You’re welcome/Nothing = Prego / Niente
Good morning = Buongiorno
Good evening(usually after 5 PM) = Buonasera
Good night(only at bedtime or after 12 AM) = Buonanotte
How are you? = Come stai? (informal)/Come sta? (formal)
How’s it going? = Come va?
Good/Well = Bene
Bad = Male
All is well = Tutto bene
Okay = Va bene
How great = Che bello (masculine)/Che bella (feminine)
Good (used to describe food) = Buono(masculine)/Buona(feminine)
Who? = Chi?
What? = Che?/Cosa?
Where? = Dove?
When? = Quando?
Why? = Perché?
How much? = Quanto?
I’m sorry = Mi dispiace
What is your name? = Come si chiama?
My name is… = Mi chiamo…
I don’t know = Non lo so
Excuse me(used when bumping into someone) = Scusi(informal)/Scusa(formal)
Excuse me(used when making your way through a crowd) = Permesso
Where is the bathroom? = Dov’è il bagno?
Do you speak English? = Parla Inglese?
I don’t speak Italian = Non parlo Italiano
How much does it cost? = Quanto costa?
The bill, please = ll conto, per favore
Is that all? = Basta così?
Cheers = Cin cin/Salute
Let’s go = Andiamo
I would like… = Vorrei…
I like… = Mi piace…
I don’t like… = Non mi piace…
I come from… = Vengo da…
Friend = L’amico(masculine)/La amica(feminine)
Family = La famiglia
Now that you can handle some conversational basics, let’s talk about why you really came to Italy – the food! Food culture is HUGE in Italy so be prepared to eat plenty of delicious meals and interpret menus like a pro with these basic translations!
Food = Cibo
Drink = Bibita
Breakfast = Colazione
Lunch = Pranzo
Dinner = Cena
Beer = Birra
Wine = Vino
Appetizer = Antipasto
First plates(the pasta or rice dishes) = Primi piatti
Second plates(the meat or dishes of mainly proteins) = Secondi piatti
Side dishes = Contorni
Restaurant = Ristorante
Other translation necessities:
Help me = Aiutami
Phone = Telefono
Right = Destra
Left = Sinistra
Straight = Diritto
Street = Strada
Bathroom = Bagno
ATM = Bancomat
Bank = Banca
Ticket = Biglietto
Train = Treno
Train station = Stazione ferroviaria
Bus = Autobus
Train or bus stop = Fermata
Car = Macchina
Airport = Aeroporto
Luggage = Bagagli
Store = Negozio
Hotel = Albergo
Police = Polizia
Hospital = Ospedale
Safe travels = Buon viaggio
Have a great vacation! = Buona vacanza!

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