When visiting any foreign country, the best preparation you can do, is to learn a few words in their language. Not only is it a sign of respect, but you will have people serving you with a smile. No, we cannot all learn a new language within a few months, but even if you struggle to pronounce a word, the people will still love you for trying. Just the basics: Like saying good morning or hallo and thank you, is already a big deal.
As you can imagine there are quite a few different dialects that’s spoken around Italy. In some parts of the country you will recognize words easily and in others, you might struggle. Don’t let that stop you. You’ll find that you recognize the basic words almost everywhere, and it just might help you in a difficult situation. Like asking where the hotel is or where the bathroom is….
Hallo / Hi / Bye: Ciao
(The nice thing is you can use ‘Ciao’ for both Hallo and Goodbye.)
Good morning: Buongiorno
Good evening: Buonasera
Good night: Buona Notte (used when saying good night before you go to bed)
Please: Per favore
Thank you: Grazie
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Where is…? Dov’è……?
Now going through a whole language lesson is going to take a bit more explaining, but the basics are, if you know the word ‘dov’è’, you can add almost anything and they will be able to understand what you want. For example: Dov’è il bagno? means ‘Where is the bathroom’.
But if you can only remember Dov’è and you’re stuck, just add the place you are looking for: E.g. Dov’è hotel? It should be: dov’è l’hotel , but they will still understand. You can ‘dov’è – anything’. LOL
Dov’è il Colosseo? (Where is the Colosseum?) / Dov’è il ristorante? (Where is the restaurant?) ….etc…
The next important phrase is:
(Going to shops in Italy you definitely need the following phrase.)
How much does it cost? Quanto costa?
Learning these two phrases will already help you a lot while traveling in Italy.
When learning the Italian language for longer stays in Italy, you’ll learn more about the formal and informal way of saying things. As well as referring to masculine and feminine and the correct pronunciation. But the above is just the very basic words you need to help yourself in Italy so they can understand you.
If you’d love to learn more about the Italian language or the best phrases for travelers in Italy, I really would suggest following this YouTube channel: Learn Italian with ItalianPod101.com
Having Google Translate on your phone while traveling is the best option for first time travelers. It’s the easiest way of making sure they understand exactly what you want in any country. (It has an audio function, so you don't have to type out everything you want to say and it's free.)
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