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marc1156

marc1156

Which is the more common usage: to ask someone if they understand Italian or if they speak Italian?
Maria-DiLorenzi

Maria-DiLorenzi

Ciao M89, if you would like to ask someone if he/she understand Italian you will need to say: -capisci l'italiano? (friendly form) -capisce l'italiano? (formal form) if you would like to ask someone if he/she speaks Italian you will need to say: -parli italiano? (friendly form) -parla italiano? (formal form) I hope this helps. Ciao
Carmen-F5

Carmen-F5

Grazie Maria!
Maria-DiLorenzi

Maria-DiLorenzi

E' un piacere (My pleasure ) Ciao
Jim-M2

Jim-M2

Is it common (proper) for a foreign traveler in Italy to ask someone they do not know if they "parli italiano?"? It seems to me they should be asking "parla italiano?, unless they are asking a child. I do not feel comfortable using the "tu" version with someone I do not know. Please advise.
Maria-DiLorenzi

Maria-DiLorenzi

Ciao Jim, the correct way to address to someone that you don't know is by using the pronoun "lei" therefore the question will be "parla italian. Being a foreigner Italians won't be offended if you ask the question using the friendly version. I hope this helps. Ciao

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