You’ll also know how to express your appreciation when someone is being helpful to you.
We want you to feel comfortable around native speakers right from the start, and a few courteous expressions can go a long way when you’re a beginner. We’ll show you the difference between formal and informal expressions, so you can be sure you’re using the right tone for the situation.
Listen carefully to the audio and practice saying the Italian phrases aloud – you’ll have these mastered in no time! Just as in your native language, speaking to Italian-speaking people in a polite manner will win you friends and gain you respect, so it’s worth making the effort!
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Excuse me (formal)
Excuse me (casual)
Le chiedo perdono
Excuse me (very polite)
Mi dispiace di questo
I'm sorry about that
La ringrazio dell’aiuto
Thank you for your help (formal)
Thanks for your help (casual)
Thanks a lot
È molto gentile
You are very kind (formal)
Sei molto gentile
You are very kind (casual)
Use all of the above phrases liberally, and you’ll find that people will treat you well.
That’s it for this lesson. If you want more lessons on Italian salutations then I recommend that you check out the following:
Maria DiLorenzi and the Rocket Italian Team
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