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Speak like an Italian

Colosseum, Italy
Get a few Italian phrases & words under your belt before you head off on holiday – don’t worry if you get it wrong…just speak with gusto, flair, and plenty of gestures, and you’ll fit right in.  Ciao!

  1. Hello (ciao)
    Pronounced ‘chow’, the greeting is used for both hello and goodbye.

  2. Yes (si)
    Pizza?  Si!  Pasta?  Si!  Italian wine?  Si, si!

  3. Thank you (grazie)
    Now you can thank your waiter for the scrummy Italian meal.

  4. Beautiful (bellisima)
    Great for describing some of the stunning Italian architecture.

  5. Oh my goodness (mamma mia)!
    An expression of surprise or wonder.

  6. How much is this (quanto costa)?
    Ideal when shopping.  A pair of Gucci sunglasses perhaps?

  7. Excuse me, where’s…. (mi scusi, dov'è ...?) 
    You won’t want to miss any of the amazing sites found throughout Italy.  If in doubt, ask for directions from a local.

  8. Ice cream (gelato)
    Italy is the ice-cream lovers heaven – you can’t avoid it (why would you want to?).

  9. The wine menu, please (la carta dei vini, per favore)
    Tantalise your palate with some Italian wine.

  10. Delicious (delizioso)
    Give your compliments to the chef.


Now you've learnt a few words what about an Italian language course to fill in the gaps?  You can even learn Italian in Italy, practising on the locals!


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