After this free lesson you’ll avoid potential embarrassment and frustration by recognizing signs in Italian! Knowing these useful Italian words will ensure you’ll never walk into the wrong restroom, light up in a no-smoking area, or have your car towed from a no-parking spot.
Most of the time you’ll probably only need to recognize the written Italian phrase, but we’ve included audio so you can listen to the Italian pronunciation. This way you’ll be able to ask if something is open or closed, or explain that something is out of order. Let’s get started!
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Rocket Record lets you perfect your Italian pronunciation. Just listen to the native speaker audio and then use the microphone icon to record yourself. Once you’re done, you’ll get a score out of 100 on your pronunciation and can listen to your own audio playback. (Use a headset mic for best results.) Problems? Click here!
Gli orari di apertura
The opening hours
When you buy food in a supermarket and don't intend to eat it right away it might pay to check the ‘expiration date' to avoid nasty surprises…
Valida entro la data di…
Expiration date (female noun)
Da consumarsi entro…
In 2005, the Italian government made it illegal to smoke inside public buildings, except for special designated smoking areas, so it's very useful to learn what "Vietato fumare" means.
La zona fumatori
The smoking area
La zona non-fumatori
The non-smoking area
Sometimes you will see big bright colored signs in nearly every store window. There must be a sale on…
I saldi di fine stagione
The end of season sale
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Maria DiLorenzi and the Rocket Italian Team
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