Italians love it when visitors try to speak the language. Even if it’s not perfect, the effort to speak Italian is taken as a sign of respect and appreciation for their culture. Here are a few phrases you can use to impress the locals on your next trip to Italy!
Italian local lingo:
Instead of BUONGIORNO try saying
SALVE, a formal hello not tied to a time of the day like buongiorno and buonasera.
Instead of UN CAPPUCCINO PER FAVORE try saying
UN CAPPUCCINO, GRAZIE! when asking for things in a service setting (restaurant, coffee shop, etc.), Italians favor the use of “thank you” instead of “please.”
Instead of ARRIVEDERCI try saying
ALLA PROSSIMA! a friendly way of saying “until next time.”
Other useful travel phrases:
SCUSI, SA DIRMI DOVE SONO I BAGNI?
Excuse me, can you tell me where the restrooms are?
SCUSI, SA DIRMI DOV’È LA STAZIONE?
Excuse me, can you tell me where the train station is?
PUÒ PORTARCI IL CONTO?
Can you (formal) bring us the check?
TENGA IL RESTO!
Keep the change!
CHE MI CONSIGLIA?
What would you recommend?
PUÒ FARMI UN PACCHETTO REGALO?
Could you gift wrap it? When buying a present.
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