Saying Good morning - Buongiorno to Italian people (particularly when entering shops) can make a huge difference to how you are perceived. Italian people love it when you speak Italian and are polite as well!
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The Italian word that is used to say Good morning, Buongiorno, is also used to say Good afternoon, because Giorno translates to Day. The word-for-word translation for Good morning, Buon mattino, is never used to greet people.
Good afternoon can also be translated as Buon pomeriggio. The difference with Buongiorno is that Buon pomeriggio is only used… in the afternoon!
Friends use Ciao a lot, the equivalent of Hi. This greeting has no hourly limit.
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Good morning / Good afternoon
Hi / Hello
Even though Buongiorno is common between strangers or in formal situations, it is also used by family members as a greeting upon waking up.
That’s it for today’s lesson. I hope you enjoyed it, that you learned new expressions, bettered your pronunciation, and that you're now ready to greet Italian speakers in the morning!
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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