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You know what they say… When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And if you’re going to Italy, you should learn some basic Italian phrases so you can speak like an Italian!

It isn’t too hard to quickly learn basic Italian. In fact, you could learn Italian phrases for your trip with just a week or two of preparation. It’s even easier if you have experience in Spanish or French!

Even if you have no language learning experience, you can start learning to speak Italian now. All you need are some simple Italian phrases and words for everyday situations.

Learning phrases is a great place to start when learning any language and is one of my language hacking techniques.

Simple Italian phrases help you begin to grasp the vocab and grammar patterns of the language while allowing you to start speaking right away. And, if you’re travelling to Italy, it’s a great way to get the most out of your trip.

Let’s dive right in.

Basic Italian Phrases and Italian Greetings to Get Started

Let’s start with the main phrases in Italian you should know.

First, learn how to greet others with some polite phrases to get started so you can say “hello”!

“Hello” in Italian

You’ve most likely heard this one before. “Hello” in Italian is ciao. But, this is the informal way to greet someone. If you’re in a situation where you need to speak in a formal way, try saying salve.

If you meet someone for the first time, use salve over ciao.

That said, the most common greeting for “hello” is buongiorno. This is usually followed by a kiss on both cheeks.

“How Are You?” in Italian

To ask how someone is doing, you say Come va? It’s common for someone you know to come up to you, grab you by the arms or face, kiss both cheeks, all while saying Buongiorno, amore mio! Come va?

Sometimes, you’ll hear Come stai? instead.

“I’m Good” / “I’m Not Good” in Italian

When replying to come va, you can say bene for “good”. If you aren’t doing well, you say non bene for “not good” or così così for “so-so”.

“Please” in Italian

“Please” in Italian is per favore. It goes at the end of a sentence, usually when requesting something.

“Thank You” in Italian

Grazie is “thank you” in Italian. You could also use molte grazie for “many thanks” or grazie mille for “thanks a lot”.

“You’re Welcome” in Italian

Prego means “you’re welcome”. But you could also use di niente, which means both “you’re welcome” and “it’s nothing”.

“Good Morning” in Italian

Buongiorno means both “good morning” and “hello”, so it’s used often throughout the day. If it’s later in the day, though, you could instead say buon pomeriggio for “good afternoon”. And buonasera is “good evening”.

“Good night” in Italian

When you’re off to bed, say “good night” with buonanotte.

“Goodbye” in Italian

Ciao is both “goodbye” and “hi” in Italian for informal situations. But you could also use arrivederci.

Some other ways to say goodbye:

  • “See you later”: A più tardi
  • “See you next time”: Alla prossima
  • “See ya later then”: Allora a dopo

“Yes” and “No” in Italian

These are straightforward. “Yes” is and “no” is no. Simple.

“Excuse me” in Italian

If you need to get someone’s attention or ask to get by them, you can say mi scusi. If you’re talking to friends or family, though, you can use scusa, which is informal.

“Sorry” in Italian

You can use scusa for “sorry” in Italian as well. But a more polite way to apologize, especially if you made a mistake, is to use mi dispiace.

Useful Sentences in Italian to Speak Italian Now

Use these common Italian phrases to get by in your first conversation. From asking more about the other person, to figuring out what something means, these Italian sentences will help you get by.

“Do You Speak…” in Italian

“Do you speak English?” would be Parli inglese? And “Do you speak Italian?” Parli italiano?

You can take parli (“do you speak”) and add any language you want to it. Here are some other phrases you’ll find useful as a beginner Italian speaker:

  • “I only speak a little Italian”: Parlo solo un po’ di italiano
  • “Yes, I speak a little bit”: Parlo solo un pochino
  • “No, I don’t speak it”: No, non lo parlo
  • “How do you say….”: Come si dice…
  • “Could you repeat that?”: Potrebbe ripetere?
  • ”Can you say it slowly?”: Puoi dirlo lentamente?

“I Don’t Know” in Italian

If you’re asked a question and don’t know the answer, you can say non lo so for “I don’t know”.

To make sure you’re understood in Italian, ask Capisci? To answer that question, you could say capisco for “I understand”, “capito” for “understood”, or non capisco for “I don’t understand” in Italian.

If someone starts talking to you at a rapid pace in Italian, you can say Scusa, non parlo italiano for “Sorry, I don’t speak Italian.”

  • “What does _ mean?”: Cosa significa __?
  • “I know”: Lo so
  • “What did you say?”: Cosa hai detto?
  • “What do you mean?”: Cosa intendi?

“What’s Your Name?” in Italian

To say “My name is…” in Italian, say Mi chiamo… or just Sono… for “I’m __”.

Some other questions you can ask:

  • “Where are you from?”: Di dove sei?
  • “I’m from…”: Sono di…
  • “How old are you?”: Quanti anni hai?
  • “I’m 35 years old.”: Ho trentacinque anni.
  • “What do you do for work?”: Che lavoro fai?
  • “I’m a…”: Sono un/uno/una…
  • “Nice to meet you”: Piacere

Key Phrases to Know in Italian — Conversation Fillers

Conversation fillers help your conversations to sound more natural. Plus, they help fill in gaps where you need to think of what to say next.

  • “Well…”: Be’…
  • “To be honest”: A dire la verità
  • “By the way”: A proposito
  • “So”: Allora
  • “Anyway”: Comunque

Learn Simple Italian Phrases for Going Out

These phrases are good to know when going out to eat or exploring the city while travelling in Italy. I’d also recommend learning how to haggle when you go shopping!

  • “I’d like the menu, please”: Vorrei il menu, per favore
  • “I’d like…”: Mi piacerebbe…
  • “Delicious!”: Buono!
  • “The bill, please”: Il conto per favore
  • “I’ll take this one”: Mi piacerebbe questo
  • “That one, please”: Quello, per favore
  • “What do you recommend?”: Che cosa mi consiglia?
  • “Another one, please”: *Un altro, per favore.”
  • “How much is it?”: Quanto costa?
  • “Where is….”: Dov'è…
  • “Could you help me?”: Potresti aiutarmi?
  • “What’s this?”: Che cos'è questo?
  • “Let’s go!”: Andiamo!

Italian Words to Expand Your Vocab

Now use these words below to plug and play in some of the phrases above. This way, you can customize this list to your own needs.

Talking about time in Italian:

  • Today: oggi
  • Yesterday: ieri
  • Tomorrow: domani
  • o’Clock: in punto

Italian numbers:

  • One: uno
  • Two: due
  • Three: tre
  • Four: quattro
  • Five: cinque
  • Six: sei
  • Seven: sette
  • Eight: otto
  • Nine: nove
  • Ten: dieci

Food and drink:

  • Water: l’acqua
  • Coffee: il caffè
  • Tea: il tè
  • Beer: la birra
  • Wine: il vino
  • Chicken: il pollo
  • Fish: il pesce
  • Vegetables: le verdure
  • Chocolate: il cioccolato

Places:

  • Supermarket: il supermercato
  • Bank: la banca
  • Post office: il ufficio postale
  • Police station: la stazione di polizia
  • Hospital: l'ospedale
  • Restaurant: il ristorante

Jobs:

  • Teacher: insegnante
  • Cook: cuoco
  • Employee: dipendente
  • Writer: scrittore
  • Doctor: medico
  • Nurse: infermiera

Italian Slang and Sayings to Spice Up Your Conversation

Your studies wouldn’t be complete without throwing in a few fun expressions and slang phrases to really make you sound like a local. Impress your Italian friends with these Italian slang words. I’ve included the literal meaning of the phrases, too.

  • “To the T” | Lit.: “to the bean”: A fagiolo
  • “That’s it, I’ve had it!” | Lit.: “enough”: Basta
  • “No worries” | Lit.: “to appear”: Figurati
  • “Thank God” | Lit.: “less bad”: Meno male
  • “Hotshot” | Lit.: “to do the big”: Fare il grande
  • “You always drink too much!” | Lit. “to raise an elbow”: Alzi sempre il gomito, tu!

Speak Italian NOW with These Basic Italian Phrases

Now that you’ve learned how to speak some basic Italian, it’s time to go out and test your knowledge! Find a language exchange partner to practice with, or even use the phrases on a loved one or a pet. Start speaking NOW. It’s the only way to grow!

If you want to learn more, check out my favourite Italian resources. You could move on to mastering the Italian imperfect tense or how to make use of Google Image Search to improve your Italian.

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FAQs

What's a famous Italian saying? ›

Noi Non Potremo Avere Perfetta Vita Senza Amici – “We Couldn't Have a Perfect Life Without Friends” This quote by Dante Alighieri is one of the most famous Italian sayings still used in everyday speech despite its old-fashioned phrasing.

Is Italian hard to learn? ›

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) considers Italian to be one of the easiest languages to learn. Indeed, it is a lot faster language for monolingual English speakers to learn than for example Russian and Chinese. Russian might take nearly twice as many classroom hours as Italian to reach the same level of fluency.

What is your name in Italian? ›

"what's your name?" in Italian

come si chiama? come ti chiami?

What is the most common Italian greeting? ›

Ciao is undeniably the most common Italian greeting. In fact, I'd say it is universal and used in many countries between friends as a joke. Together, of course, with Capisce (“Do you understand?”). We all use Capisce and Buongiorno (“Good morning”) when we want to summon our inner Italians, don't we?

What do Italians say before they eat? ›

"Buon appetito" is an italian phrase said before and during a meal, thus, it is certainly categorized as an eating phrase.

What does it mean when an Italian says Mama Mia? ›

borrowed from Italian mammamìa, mamma mia, exclamation expressing annoyance, fatigue, fear, etc., literally "my mother!"

Is living in Italy safe? ›

According to the Global Peace Index, which measures societal safety, security, ongoing conflict, and militarization, Italy is the 31st safest country in the world. This puts it well ahead of other popular destinations such as the United Kingdom and the United States. And expatriates do indeed feel very safe in Italy.

Why is Italian so difficult? ›

One thing that makes Italian pronunciation tricky is the melody of the language. As mentioned before, the pronunciation is pretty easy, but Italian has a certain melody which makes the language more difficult.

Can I learn Italian in 2 years? ›

1-on-1 Lessons.

You could learn much faster with individual lessons, but it depends on how many hours you do each week. With three 60-minute lessons per week, you could likely learn Italian in 1-2 years.

What do Italian kids call their parents? ›

Children will often call their father papà (= dad) and their mother mamma (= mum/mom) . The generic name for parents in Italian is i genitori. Don't use i parenti which means relatives and not parents.

What was Italy called before it was called Italy? ›

Whilst the lower peninsula of what is now known as Italy was known is the Peninsula Italia as long ago as the first Romans (people from the City of Rome) as long about as 1,000 BCE the name only referred to the land mass not the people.

What's the most Italian name? ›

The most common names are: For males: Marco, Alessandro, Giuseppe, Flavio, Luca, Giovanni, Roberto, Andrea, Stefano, Angelo, Francesco, Mario, Luigi. For females: Anna, Maria, Sara, Laura, Aurora, Valentina, Giulia, Rosa, Gianna, Giuseppina, Angela, Giovanna, Sofia, Stella.

Do Italians kiss on first date? ›

Italy. In Italy, it's one kiss on each cheek, too. As well as exes, money, and politics, it's good to steer the conversation clear of personal issues, such as your health. Italians have no rules about the amount of alcohol you drink on the first date.

Which side do you kiss first in Italy? ›

Italy: Two kisses is standard, but watch out — Italians tend to start with the left cheek. Also, try to save it for casual social environments (not networking events).

How do Italian men greet each other? ›

The greeting is most commonly used between two women, or a woman and a man, while men will generally shake hands with each other instead. In some areas though, mostly in the southern part of the country, man-on-man cheek kissing is the norm.

What do Italians say when they toast? ›

How do you toast in Italian? If you'd like to make a toast, you can either say "cin cin" or "salute". "Cin cin" recalls the sound the glasses make when clinked, while "salute" literally means health.

What do Italians say instead of cheers? ›

'Viva' Viva and Salute are Italian for cheers.

Is it rude to say buon appetito? ›

Since it was first used by a high-ranking person directed to someone such as a servant, buon appetito is still linked to the idea of a favor granted to the inferior. Thus, some say it might be perceived as offensive, although nowadays, the same two words are not limited to just one social class.

Do Italians really say Mama Mia? ›

What does mamma mia mean in Italian? Mamma mia literally means “mom mine/my” and it is an Italian expression that can convey many different emotions: surprise, fear, pain, joy, exasperation, etc. I say it at least once every day.

Do Italians still say Mamma Mia? ›

MAMMA MIA - How to Use and Pronounce it Like a True Italian

What does the Italian word Mio mean? ›

possessive pronoun. il mio or la mia etc mine ⧫ my own.

What is the safest country to live in? ›

Iceland. According to the Global Peace Index, Iceland is the safest country in the world for the 14th year in a row. Iceland is a Nordic nation with a relatively small population of 340,000.

Are Italians happy? ›

NEW YORK, MARCH 20 – Italy is happier this year than it was last year. This is according to the World Happiness Report which, for the seventh consecutive year, has ranked countries according to a happiness index.

What is the cheapest town to live in Italy? ›

Turin, Palermo, and Naples are the cheapest cities to live in in Italy. The cost of living in Milan is just slightly higher than the living costs in Rome. The cost of living in Florence is only slightly lower than the cost of living in Rome. The cost of living in Turin is 19% lower than in Florence.

Is speaking Italian hard? ›

Though English is a Germanic language, more than a quarter of its words come directly or indirectly from Latin through another Romance language like French or Italian. For this reason, Italian is often considered one of the easiest languages for English speakers to learn.

Can I learn Italian in 3 months? ›

Pretend you are learning Italian as a full-time job — actively studying for 8 hours a day. You would reach the necessary 480 hours of study at this pace in 60 days, approximately 2 months. For a group 2–4 language, you would be looking at around 3 months to reach basic fluency.

What harder Spanish or Italian? ›

To sum up, while Italian is easier in terms of pronunciation, Spanish is simpler in terms of grammar. It seems this Italian vs Spanish thing is not as easy as we thought it would be. If you speak English, Spanish will be definitively easier than Italian for you because there are more similarities.

Can you become fluent in 3 months? ›

Lewis is the author of the new book "Fluent in 3 Months: How Anyone at Any Age Can Learn to Speak Any Language from Anywhere in the World." The title pretty much says it all. He believes — strongly — that with the correct approach and enough practice, anyone can master a foreign language in as little as three months.

Where do most expats live in Italy? ›

Towns like San Vito dei Normanni, Carovigno, Cisternino, Martina Franca, Oria and Alberobello, all have growing expat communities. Many people buy holiday homes that they can rent out to tourists and then moved to permanently when they retire.

Is Italian easier than French? ›

The grammar of French and Italian is close to being equal, but Italian might be a little more regular. In terms of vocabulary, an English speaker might find French easier because of the many loan-words in English, but this advantage applies to Italian words too, because they're close to French.

What do Italians call their family? ›

La famiglia - The family (free Italian lesson + audio)

What do Italian fathers call their sons? ›

The Italian word for 'son' is 'figlio', but they have many different pet names for both sons and daughters which are listed below. Some of the common nicknames for kids refer to small versions of common animals.

What do Sicilians call their dads? ›

The Sicilian word for father is patri. Is learning Italian on your bucket list? Try my individual online lessons tailored to your level and goals, whether you're just starting out or need to brush up your Italian. I have 15 years of teaching experience with students on two continents.

What race were the Romans? ›

The Latins were a people with a marked Mediterranean character, related to other neighbouring Italic peoples such as the Falisci. The early Romans were part of the Latin homeland, known as Latium, and were Latins themselves.

What did the Romans call Italy? ›

Italy, Latin Italia, in Roman antiquity, the Italian Peninsula from the Apennines in the north to the “boot” in the south.

Do Italians have curly hair? ›

Sarah Medland, approximately 17% of Italians have curly hair. Overall, 45% of European people have straight hair, 40% have wavy, and 15% have curly hair. Therefore, Italians are slightly above the European curly hair average. Italian genes have adapted to both the northern and southern climates of Italy.

What is the most common female name in Italy? ›

The most common female name in Italy is Sofia. In 2019, 5.9 thousand female babies were named Sofia. Moreover, other popular names among female babies born in 2019 were Aurora, Giulia, Ginevra, and Alice.

What is the most common male name in Italy? ›

The most popular male name in Italy is Leonardo. In 2019, 7.8 thousand children were named Leonardo. Other very common male names among babies born in 2019 were Francesco, Lorenzo, Alessandro, and Andrea.

Why do Italian men kiss each other? ›

This is called the 'il bacetto'. However, in Southern Italy, men generally only kiss family members and prefer to give a pat on the back to show affection in a greeting. The common verbal greeting is “Ciao” (Hello). This is quite casual.

What do Italian guys call their girlfriends? ›

“Boyfriend” in Italian and “Girlfriend” in Italian: Ragazzo and Ragazza. There are two main ways to say “girlfriend” and “boyfriend” in Italian: ragazzo/a or fidanzato/a.

How long should a first kiss last? ›

Make it Last Forever

Most photographers recommend 5 quick seconds or '3 Mississippi's' for the first kiss. It is long enough to get quality photos and to be intimate, but is not too long that will make your guests slightly uncomfortable.

What does it mean when a guy kisses your neck while hugging? ›

05/8A romantic neck-kiss

If he kisses you on your neck, it means that he loves you and is passionately drawn towards you.

Do Italians kiss friends? ›

Most Italians are warm and demonstrative. They particularly enjoy bestowing their kisses on close friends and family, but for new acquaintances (potential future friends), in business settings, and with strangers, a handshake is the greeting of choice.

What does it mean when a woman kisses a man on the neck? ›

Not to be confused with a hickey, a neck kiss is more of a peck than a deep kiss. This is a playful kiss meant to let your partner know how much you care for them.

What is considered rude in Italy? ›

And please, do not burp or fart in public, it is considered extremely rude. Also, loud swearing and drinking alcohol from a bottle while walking the street, is frowned upon. Most Italians like some alcohol, but usually avoid to get drunk. Public scenes of drunkenness are much less tolerated than in other countries.

Do Italian people hug? ›

Greeting others in Italy

When it comes to greeting new people, Italians shake hands and exchange three kisses on the cheeks. As to greeting friends and relatives, the tradition dictates that you must exchange a hug and two kisses on the cheeks.

What does it mean when Italians kiss their fingers? ›

Fingertips Kiss: Gently bring the fingers and thumb of your right hand together, raise to your lips, kiss lightly, and joyfully toss your fingers and thumb into the air. This gesture is used commonly in Italy, France, Spain, Greece, and Germany as a form of praise. It can mean sexy, delicious, divine, or wonderful.

What is something Italians always say? ›

Mamma mia!

In fact, the literal translation is something like “Oh Mama!” and Italians use the exclamation to express surprise, impatience, happiness or sorrow. The figurative translation is similar too “My goodness!”.

What is the slogan of Italy? ›

Italy: No official motto. Unofficial: Union, Strength and Liberty! (Italian: Unione, forza e libertà!) was motto of the first Young Italy.

What do Italian lovers call each other? ›

There are two main ways to say “girlfriend” and “boyfriend” in Italian: ragazzo/a or fidanzato/a. The former is used by young couples, usually when they are dating, while the latter is for serious relationships and also means fiance.

How do Italians greet each other? ›

The common verbal greeting is “Ciao” (Hello). This is quite casual. People may also say “Buongiorno” (Good day) or “Buonasera” (Good evening) to be more formal. Address a person by their title and last name, and continue to do so until invited to move to a first-name basis.

What do Italians say when a baby is born? ›

Congratulazioni/congratulazioni per la nascita – “Congratulations on the birth.”

Why is Italy so special? ›

Italy is famous for the Renaissance and the incredible artists it produced. Italy is famous for its tourism, its art cities and unique scenery. Italy is also known for its language, its opera, its fashion and its luxury brands. It is also known for its football team!

Why are Italians called Azure? ›

The team is known as gli Azzurri (the Blues), because Savoy blue is the common colour of the national teams representing Italy, as it is the traditional paint of the royal House of Savoy, which reigned over the Kingdom of Italy.

How do you express love in Italian? ›

10 more ways to say I love you in Italian
  1. Amore mio – my love.
  2. Cuore mio – my heart.
  3. Tesoro mio – my darling.
  4. Baciami! ...
  5. Sei tutto per me – you're everything to me.
  6. Ti penso ogni giorno – I think about you every day.
  7. Sei il grande amore della mia vita – You're the love of my life.
  8. Ti amerò sempre – I'll always love you.
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What does Gabagool mean in Italian? ›

The word gabagool was born when a variety of Italian dialects merged, but what it translates to in Italian is: nothing. Atlas Obscura confirms that gabagool is just a mutation of the word capicola, spoken with a very specific accent.

What do you call an Italian girl? ›

If you want to say “girl” in Italian, you would say “la ragazza.” Want to say “boy” instead? Then use “il regazzo.” The plural of each is “i regazzi” (the boys) and “le regazze” (the girls).

What does chooch mean in Italian? ›

Noun. chooch (plural chooches) (Italian slang) A stupid person; a meathead.

Do Italians use idioms? ›

Italian is a very rich language, full of idioms and proverbs that are commonly used in everyday conversations. If you are learning Italian, want to sound like a native speaker and want to understand Italians when they speak, you should really make an effort and try to learn at least some Italian idioms.

What does boh mean in Italy? ›

The meaning of boh is easily explained: boh is the most informal way to say “I don't know” in Italian. It's kind of like when we say “dunno.”

How do you express disbelief in Italian? ›

If you want to express absolute disbelief in Italian, an exclamation you simply cannot afford not to learn is Ma dai!
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Ma is the word for but, whereas dai is a catch-all exclamation used when:
  1. encouraging someone to do something (Dai, forza! ...
  2. trying to get someone to hurry up (Dai, sbrigati!
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One thing to know about making words “cool” in Japanese: Almost any word can be made cooler or more slangy by combining or shortening it.. You’ll hear this last example a lot in everyday casual speech.. Spanish is a beautiful language... Everyone needs a little help sometimes when learning a new language.. Having a good English to Korean translator app will help you look up words as you want to learn them and add them to your study list.. With that said, let’s look at some of the best Korean translator apps... Spanish was the first language I learned to a conversational level, so I get this question a lot... You'll learn to understand the language and all its inner workings, going deep in your study of Spanish grammar and the subtleties of the language.. Related Learning: How to Find the Right Online Language Tutor for Your Language Classes.. “What’s the best way to learn Spanish?”...... They'll add more natural, casual language to your Japanese conversations.. Once you've watched the video, then you can read the rest of the article to learn all 37 cool Japanese words and phrases.. Because you may not have these words in your own native language, you may never have thought to learn them in Japanese before.. One thing to know about making words “cool” in Japanese: Almost any word can be made cooler or more slangy by combining or shortening it.. You’ll hear this last example a lot in everyday casual speech.. Spanish is a beautiful language... Everyone needs a little help sometimes when learning a new language.. Having a good English to Korean translator app will help you look up words as you want to learn them and add them to your study list.. With that said, let’s look at some of the best Korean translator apps... Spanish was the first language I learned to a conversational level, so I get this question a lot... You'll learn to understand the language and all its inner workings, going deep in your study of Spanish grammar and the subtleties of the language.. Related Learning: How to Find the Right Online Language Tutor for Your Language Classes.. “What’s the best way to learn Spanish?”.... They'll add more natural, casual language to your Japanese conversations.. Once you've watched the video, then you can read the rest of the article to learn all 37 cool Japanese words and phrases.. Because you may not have these words in your own native language, you may never have thought to learn them in Japanese before.. One thing to know about making words “cool” in Japanese: Almost any word can be made cooler or more slangy by combining or shortening it.. You’ll hear this last example a lot in everyday casual speech.. Spanish is a beautiful language... Everyone needs a little help sometimes when learning a new language.. Having a good English to Korean translator app will help you look up words as you want to learn them and add them to your study list.. With that said, let’s look at some of the best Korean translator apps... Spanish was the first language I learned to a conversational level, so I get this question a lot... You'll learn to understand the language and all its inner workings, going deep in your study of Spanish grammar and the subtleties of the language.. Related Learning: How to Find the Right Online Language Tutor for Your Language Classes.. “What’s the best way to learn Spanish?”...... They'll add more natural, casual language to your Japanese conversations.. Once you've watched the video, then you can read the rest of the article to learn all 37 cool Japanese words and phrases.. Because you may not have these words in your own native language, you may never have thought to learn them in Japanese before.. One thing to know about making words “cool” in Japanese: Almost any word can be made cooler or more slangy by combining or shortening it.. You’ll hear this last example a lot in everyday casual speech.. Spanish is a beautiful language... Everyone needs a little help sometimes when learning a new language.. Having a good English to Korean translator app will help you look up words as you want to learn them and add them to your study list.. With that said, let’s look at some of the best Korean translator apps... Spanish was the first language I learned to a conversational level, so I get this question a lot... You'll learn to understand the language and all its inner workings, going deep in your study of Spanish grammar and the subtleties of the language.. Related Learning: How to Find the Right Online Language Tutor for Your Language Classes.. “What’s the best way to learn Spanish?”... “Expertise” works well because it shows that you’ve spent a lot of time learning about things..

written by Alice CiminoFull disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. ?Every language has its own turns of phrase and quirky sayings, and we Italians are fond of our many aforismi e proverbi (“aphorisms and proverbs”).Italian sayings communicate a message with wisdom and humor, two appreciated...

Plus, by learning Italian sayings you’ll get an insight into Italian culture and how Italians think.. In this article, you’ll find popular Italian sayings about life, success, friendship, family, and food, as well as some Latin expressions that are still widely used in the Boot and a list of Italian idioms.. In fact, they seem to have a proverb or idiom related to about every possible situation in life.. This phrase is used when talking about serious situations.. There’s another Italian phrase with a similar meaning.. The exact English translation of chi non fa, non falla is “who does nothing makes no mistakes”.. It doesn’t sound like much of a proverb, does it?. Here, you can learn four Italian sayings about love.. You’ve learnt many Italian proverbs and sayings as well as some Latin ones… Now how about getting to know some Italian idioms?

written by Benny LewisFull disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. ?You know what they say… When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And if you’re going to Italy, you should learn some basic Italian phrases so you can speak like an Italian!It isn’t too hard to quickly learn basic Italian. In fact,...

And if you’re going to Italy, you should learn some basic Italian phrases so you can speak like an Italian!. Even if you have no language learning experience, you can start learning to speak Italian now .. Simple Italian phrases help you begin to grasp the vocab and grammar patterns of the language while allowing you to start speaking right away.. “I only speak a little Italian”: Parlo solo un po’ di italiano “Yes, I speak a little bit”: Parlo solo un pochino “No, I don’t speak it”: No, non lo parlo “How do you say….”: Come si dice… “Could you repeat that?”: Potrebbe ripetere?. If someone starts talking to you at a rapid pace in Italian, you can say Scusa, non parlo italiano for “Sorry, I don’t speak Italian.”. Water: l’acqua Coffee: il caffè Tea: il tè Beer: la birra Wine: il vino Chicken: il pollo Fish: il pesce Vegetables: le verdure Chocolate: il cioccolato. Impress your Italian friends with these Italian slang words.. Now that you’ve learned how to speak some basic Italian, it’s time to go out and test your knowledge!

written by James GranahanFull disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. ?By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. – Benjamin FranklinCan you feel confident during your first conversation in another language?I believe you can. Don’t get me wrong – feeling nervous is normal. But you can...

In this post, I’m going to show you how to create a cheat sheet to help you prepare for your first conversation in a new language.. You’ve found a conversation partner or language tutor for your new language.. With good preparation, you can have your first conversation soon after you’ve started learning a new language.. WhenI’m preparing for that first conversation, I like to create a ‘cheat sheet’ I can study from to learn some basic introductory words and phrases.. When choosing what words to learn, you need to think about the kind of conversation you want to have.. If this is your first conversation in your target language, you’re likely to focus on introducing yourself and on asking introductory questions to your conversation partner.. No matter what language you’re speaking, you’ll find yourself having some form of this conversation over and over again.. So let’s consider what phrases you need to learn for this kind of conversation.. I’ve used both Teach Yourself and Colloquial books as sources for looking up words and phrases for past conversations.. On Omniglot there are about 250 languages to choose from so you’ll almost certainly find what you need for the language you’re learning!. Learning a new language doesn’t just mean learning new words and grammar.

written by Alice CiminoFull disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. ?What if you could understand Italian conversations by only learning 500 of the most used Italian words?The Italian language is made up of hundreds of thousands of words — while it is hard to pin down a specific number, some...

What if you could understand Italian conversations by only learning 500 of the most used Italian words?. In this post, I’m going to introduce you to 500 of the most important Italian words to know if you want to make your Italian learning more effective.. That means they’re the most frequently used words in Italian, and the words you’re most likely to come across if you’re listening to or reading Italian or having a conversation in Italian.. It goes without saying that the most important Italian words you should learn depend on your interests and the reasons that push you to learn Italian, for which creating your own script is a good idea.. The most used Italian word is arguably cosa , which translates in many ways in English — including “what”, “thing”, and “matter” — depending on its inflection, grammatical function, or the overall context of the sentence.. I also included some words that do not figure among the most frequently used Italian words in lists, but which are important to learn nonetheless.. Before we dive into the full list of most common Italian verbs, let’s take a good look at the Italian auxiliaries, essere (“to be”) and avere (“to have”).. These 198 frequently used Italian adjectives and adverbs will make your Italian much more colourful and bring your Italian to life.. In Italian, the principal types of adjectives of number include the numeri cardinali (“cardinal numbers”), numeri ordinali (“ordinal numbers”), numeri moltiplicativi (“multiplicative numbers”) and numeri frazionari (“fractional numbers”).. Although these pronouns aren’t usually used in spoken Italian, it’s important to learn the 10 Italian subject pronouns to be able to study Italian conjugation.. il or lo – “the” (masculine singular versions) i or gli – “the” (masculine plural versions) la – “the” (feminine singular version) le – “the” (feminine plural version) l’ – singular “the” placed in front of both masculine and feminine nouns that start with a vowel.. un – “a” or “an” (standard masculine version) uno – “a” (masculine version used in front of words starting z or s followed by a consonant) una – “a” (feminine version in front of consonants) un’ – “an” (feminine version in front of vowels). del – “some” (standard masculine singular version) dello – “some” (masculine singular version) della – “some” (feminine singular version in front of consonants) dell’ – “some” (feminine and masculine singular version in front of vowels) dei’ – “some” (masculine plural version) degli’ – “some” (masculine plural version) delle – “some” (feminine plural version)

written by James JohnsonFull disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. ?One really effective way to make your German sound more like a native’s is to learn Redensarten.These are the everyday German sayings that German speakers use to express emotions, actions and thoughts. You probably know th...

There’s ich liebe dich which means you’re completely in love with someone or something.. This translates to, “I have love for you”.. ?One really effective way to make your German sound more like a native’s is to learn Redensarten.These are the everyday German sayings that German speakers use to express emotions, actions and thoughts.. This phrase literally translates to “You’re going on my cookie” and can be used any time someone is really getting on your nerves.. There’s ich liebe dich which means you’re completely in love with someone or something... This translates to, “I have love for you”.. And whenever you ask a German about the latter they’ll always tell you this (cheeky) German saying.. Sticking with German sayings about beer, this lovely little phrase is what people use when they have a hangover.. Do you have a good feeling about a party or place you’re going to?.. Just like in English, you can say the following Russian greetings whenever you meet a Russian person.. After every greeting I’ll quickly discuss what it means (literal meaning & English equivalent) and in which situations you can use it.. As far as the use is concerned, it’s a great greeting to use in every situation where you’d otherwise use the formal “you” (Вы) in Russian... They'll add more natural, casual language to your Japanese conversations.. Once you've watched the video, then you can read the rest of the article to learn all 37 cool Japanese words and phrases.. Because you may not have these words in your own native language, you may never have thought to learn them in Japanese before.. One thing to know about making words “cool” in Japanese: Almost any word can be made cooler or more slangy by combining or shortening it.. You’ll hear this last example a lot in everyday casual speech.. Spanish is a beautiful language... Everyone needs a little help sometimes when learning a new language.. Having a good English to Korean translator app will help you look up words as you want to learn them and add them to your study list.. With that said, let’s look at some of the best Korean translator apps... Spanish was the first language I learned to a conversational level, so I get this question a lot... You'll learn to understand the language and all its inner workings, going deep in your study of Spanish grammar and the subtleties of the language.. Related Learning: How to Find the Right Online Language Tutor for Your Language Classes.. “What’s the best way to learn Spanish?”..

written by Benny LewisFull disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. ?How do you say “I love you” in Italian?It’s said that love is a universal language that makes speech unnecessary for two strangers to understand each other. Yet, sometimes, putting the correct words to your feelings can be v...

Do you have an Italian partner and would like to pleasantly surprise them with Italian love phrases?. There are two very different ways to say “I love you” in Italian: ti voglio bene and ti amo .. It’s only comfortably used in a passionate, serious love.. It’s not exactly “I’m in love with you”, but that’s the kind of love it expresses.. Add moltissimo to get “I like you an awful lot.” Significhi molto per me – “You mean a lot to me.” Ti voglio un mondo di bene – “I love you a lot”, literally “I want a world of good for you.” It’s a couple of notches down from “Ti amo”.. You can fare una cosa con amore (“do something with love”) and credere nell’amore (“believe in love”).. (io) amo → “I love” (tu) ami → “you love” (singular) (lui/lei) ama → “he/she loves” (noi) amiamo → “we love” (voi) amate → “you love” (plural) (loro) amano → “they love”. You can amare la pizza (“love pizza”, like most Italians do) or amare qualcuno (“love someone”).. (io) mi amo → “I love myself” (io) ti amo → “I love you” (singular) (io) la amo → “I love her” (io) lo amo → “I love him”. When you fall in love, you can “love with all your heart”, or you’re ready to give your significant other “the key to your heart”… In any case, “heart” is a crucial word to learn when you want to be romantic in another language.. Grazie di cuore – “Thank you sincerely”, literally “Thanks from the heart.” Mi hai rubato il cuore – “You stole my heart.” Ti do il mio cuore – “I give you my heart.” Il mio cuore è (solo) tuo – “My heart is yours (only).” Hai conquistato il mio cuore – “You have conquered my heart.” Ti amo con tutto il cuore – “I love you with all my heart.”. Love is such a beautiful thing… So how do you say beautiful in Italian?. Buona notte, amore (“good night, love”) or buona notte, amore mio (“good night, my love”) work perfectly fine for that.. (Used to describe a perfect love, literally “Live a dream of a love.”). persona amata : “loved one” (somewhat elevated language and rarely used) innamorato/a : “lover” in the sense of someone whom a person is in love with or who is in love amante : “lover” in the clandestine way convivente : “cohabitant”, the official description of two middle-aged people who have been living together for a long time but are not married compagno : “partner”, usually used by elder people who are not married but are dating

written by Benny LewisFull disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. ?Would you like to learn how to talk about the weather in Spanish? That makes sense, since talking about the weather is something everyone does.“Nice day today, huh?”“I’m enjoying this sunny weather.”“I wish the rain would st...

Would you like to learn how to talk about the weather in Spanish?. Talking about the weather in Spanish also makes it incredibly easy to practice speaking.. Learning how to talk about the weather is usually among my first topics to learn in a new language.. Weather: el tiempo or el clima Sun: el sol Clouds: las nubes Rain: la lluvia Thunder: el trueno Lightning: el relámpago Fog: la niebla Snow: la nieve Wind: el viento Storm: la tormenta Sleet: las aguanieve Frost: la helada Hail: el granizo Rainbow: los arco iris Breeze: la brisa Temperature: la temperatura Degrees: los grados Season: la temporada Spring: la primavera Summer: el verano Fall: el otoño Winter: el invierno. Unlike the English word “climate”, clima can be used to describe current weather, not just the general weather of an area.. Sunny: soleado Cloudy: nublado Windy: ventoso Misty: neblina Foggy: niebla Clear: despejado Bad weather: mal tiempo Good weather: buen tiempo Hot: calor Cold: frío.. Most Spanish weather words relating to rain start with “lla”.. For example, since I’m from Ireland, when I’m talking about the weather of my home country I’ll talk about la lluvia (“the rain”) a lot, so that’s an important word for me to know.. In Spanish, you almost always need helping verbs to talk about the weather.. It may seem a bit strange to use phrases that literally translate as “The weather makes rain,” or “There is weather.” But that’s just how it works in Spanish.. The Spanish verb hacer pairs with most words to talk about the weather.. It’s hot: Hace calor It’s cold: Hace frío It’s nice weather: Hace buen tiempo It’s very bad weather: Hace muy mal tiempo It’s sunny: Hace sol. Hacer is usually used to describe the feeling of the weather, so you can think of it like “It makes it feel hot” or “It makes it feel cold.” You pair hacer with descriptive words about the feeling of the weather outside.. You’ll also want to know how to ask someone how the weather makes them feel, or how to describe your own feelings.. Usually, when making small talk about the weather, you discuss how it makes you feel.

written by Benny LewisFull disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. ?How do you say “hello” in German? There are many options, from a simple hallo to a friendly alles klar to a regional “hello” like servus or na.In this article, I'll teach you several common and useful German greetings . By t...

How do you say “hello” in German?. There are many options, from a simple hallo to a friendly alles klar to a regional “hello” like servus or na .. Guten means “good” (it's the masculine accusative form of gut ).. Greeting someone with “alles klar?” is a lot like greeting someone with “what's up?” in English.. “How does it go to you?” is the literal translation of this essential German phrase.. Moin is a common greeting in northern Germany, especially in and around Hamburg.. Na is another regional German greeting.. There's no easy way to translate na into English.. In English I'd say “it's Benny”, but you can't translate this directly into German (i.e.. I can't say es ist Benny ).

written by Benny LewisFull disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. ?Let’s take a look at French slang.First, a quick caveat: Slang is hard to teach in any language. It varies a lot by region and age group. Consider the following English slang words. Depending where you live and how old you a...

Let’s take a look at French slang.. Consider the following English slang words.. une addition (in France) une facture (in Quebec). Consider the following English slang words.. Let’s take a look at French slang... Consider the following English slang words... une addition (in France) une facture (in Quebec). They'll add more natural, casual language to your Japanese conversations.. Once you've watched the video, then you can read the rest of the article to learn all 37 cool Japanese words and phrases.. Because you may not have these words in your own native language, you may never have thought to learn them in Japanese before.. One thing to know about making words “cool” in Japanese: Almost any word can be made cooler or more slangy by combining or shortening it.. You’ll hear this last example a lot in everyday casual speech.. Spanish is a beautiful language... Everyone needs a little help sometimes when learning a new language.. Having a good English to Korean translator app will help you look up words as you want to learn them and add them to your study list.. With that said, let’s look at some of the best Korean translator apps... Spanish was the first language I learned to a conversational level, so I get this question a lot... You'll learn to understand the language and all its inner workings, going deep in your study of Spanish grammar and the subtleties of the language.. Related Learning: How to Find the Right Online Language Tutor for Your Language Classes.. “What’s the best way to learn Spanish?”...... ?So, you want to learn German slang?

written by Caitlin SacasasFull disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. ?Did you know you can understand about 50% of all Korean by learning the 100 most common Korean words?That’s right! The 100 basic Korean words are so common, they make up around half of spoken and written Korean. It’s jus...

Did you know you can understand about 50% of all Korean by learning the 100 most common Korean words?. These words do the same thing for your Korean language muscles.. Now, one thing to note about these core Korean words listed below.. You can learn those when you learn grammar.. If you’re familiar with Fluent in 3 Months founder Benny Lewis’ Language Hacking method, then you know he suggests learning words based on what you personally say in everyday life.. These would be the most helpful nouns and verbs to learn to start speaking fast.. Especially after I learn the 100 most common words in a language.. But as for the words below?

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