Italian Phrases

The Italian phrases are helpful because they are used daily. Below we picked expressions that a new learner will find useful. We included the audio as well. This is a better way to learning. Learn only what you need. We start with greetings and introduction.

Hi: ciao!  Audio
What is your name?: come si chiama?  Audio
Nice to meet you: piacere!  Audio
How are you?: come sta?  Audio
I'm good, thanks: bene, grazie.  Audio
And you?: e lei?  Audio

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More questions about language and age:

Do you speak (English/Italian)?: parla (inglese/italiano)?  Audio
Does she speak Chinese?: lei parla cinese?  Audio
A little bit: un pochino  Audio
How old are you?: quanti anni ha?  Audio
I'm 33 years old: ho 33 anni  Audio
It was nice talking to you: mi ha fatto piacere parlare con lei!  Audio

If you don't understand something, this will be your secret weapon:

What do you mean?: cosa vuol dire?  Audio
I don't understand: non ho capito  Audio
I don't know: non lo so  Audio
Sorry: scusi  Audio
What is that called in Italian?: come si dice in italiano?  Audio
What does that word mean in English?: cosa vuol dire quella parola in inglese?  Audio

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More personal information about origins and profession:

Where are you from?: di dov'è?  Audio
I'm from the U.S: io vengo dagli usa  Audio
I'm American: io sono americano  Audio
Where do you live?: dove vive?  Audio
I live in the U.S: io vivo negli usa  Audio
What do you do for a living?: che lavoro fa?  Audio
I'm a student: sono uno studente  Audio

Offering or asking for help and giving directions:

Can I help you?: posso aiutarla?  Audio
Can you help me?: mi può aiutare?  Audio
Where is the airport?: dove si trova l'aeroporto?  Audio
Go straight: vada dritto  Audio
Then: quindi  Audio
Turn left: giri a sinistra  Audio
Turn right: giri a destra  Audio


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Good wishes in Italian in holidays and occasions:

Happy birthday: buon compleanno!  Audio
Happy new year: buon anno!  Audio
Merry Christmas: buon natale!  Audio
Good luck: buona fortuna!  Audio
Congratulations: congratulazioni!  Audio

Italian expressions commonly used when traveling or buying:

I have a reservation: ho una prenotazione  Audio
Do you have rooms available?: ha camere disponibili?  Audio
I would like a non-smoking room: vorrei una stanza per non fumatori  Audio
How much it costs per night?: quanto costa a notte?  Audio
Waiter: cameriere / cameriera!  Audio
How much is this?: quanto costa?  Audio
What is this?: cos'è questo?  Audio

Survival phrases considered to be important in emergencies:

Are you okay?: sta bene?  Audio
I need a doctor: mi serve un dottore  Audio
Help: aiuto!  Audio
Call the ambulance: chiami un'ambulanza!  Audio
Call the police: chiami la polizia!  Audio
I am sick: mi sento male  Audio

These Italian phrases can be used in a variety of conversations. If you have already visited our Italian Vocabulary and Italian Grammar, you might want to visit our Italian Flashcards to practice what you learned.

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Did you know? Phrases are the combination of the use of vocabulary and grammar. Mastering the vocabulary and grammar can result in the ability to make useful Italian phrases.