Basic Italian words
This Italian lesson is on basic Italian words. If you plan on visiting Italy or you are new to Italian and you’d like to jump in and play with the language, these series of basic words in Italian can be very useful.
Get started with these basic Italian words!
How to pronounce basic Italian greetings
Here are some of the most basic Italian words to get you started. Further on in this lesson we will look at the pronunciation of these and more Italian words.
- Buongiorno - Good morning, good day
- Buona giornata - (Have a) good day
- Buon pomeriggio - Good afternoon (from noon to 6 pm)
- Buonasera - Good evening (used after 6pm)
- Buona serata - Good night (when wishing someone to have fun out)
- Buonanotte - Good night (when going to bed)
- Ciao - Hello (informal)
- Arrivederci - Goodbye (to one person or to a group, formal)
- ArrivederLa - Goodbye (to one person only, formal)
- Ci vediamo - See you
Greetings are the foundation of a good dialogue! Depending on the situation, choose one of the following:
Good morning, good day (can be used throughout the whole day until 6pm)
Good afternoon (from noon to 6 pm)
Good evening (used after 6pm)
Good night (when wishing someone to have fun out)
Good night (when going to bed)
Goodbye (to one person or to a group, formal)
Goodbye (to one person only, formal)
See you later (lit. “until after”)
Basic Italian words for Presentations
This is… (informal, lit. “I present to you”)
Pleasure to meet you (informal)
Pleasure to meet you (formal)
Nice to meet you (lit. very content, male subject)
Nice to meet you (female subject)
What’s your name? (informal)
What’s your name? (formal)
How old are you? (informal)
How old are you? (formal)
Do you speak Italian? (informal)
Do you speak Italian? (formal)
I speak English and Italian
No, I don’t speak Italian
Where are you from? (informal)
Where are you from? (formal)
Dealing with Misunderstandings in Italian
Mi scusi, potrebbe ripetere?
Excuse me, could you repeat?
Stai parlando troppo velocemente
You are speaking too fast (informal)
Non riesco a seguirti, puoi ripetere?
I can’t follow you, can you repeat? (informal)
Potrebbe parlare più lentamente, per favore?
Could you please speak more slowly?
Can you help me? (informal)
Excuse me, can you help me? (formal)
Come si dice … in italiano?
How do you say … in Italian?
Break a leg! (lit. in the wolf’s mouth)
Have a great trip! (informal)
Passa una bella giornata!
Have a great day! (informal)
Saying "I am..." in Italian
Would you like to say you are hungry, thirsty, or tired? These are the words for you.
Mi scusi, potrebbe dirmi…?
Excuse me, could you tell me...? (formal)
Could you help me? (formal)
Potresti dirmi come raggiungere…?
Could you tell me how to reach…? (informal)
Potrebbe dirmi dove siamo?
Could you tell me where we are? (formal)
Not a problem! (lit. of nothing)
Not a problem! (lit. imagine yourself!, formal)
Dove posso trovare un bagno pubblico?
Where can I find a public toilet?
Leave me alone! (informal)
Keep quiet! (formal, addressing a male)
Keep quiet! (formal, female)
You are crazy! (informal)
You are crazy! (formal, male)
You are crazy! (formal, female)
Pronouncing food and drinks in Italian
Quanto costa un biglietto per…?
How much is it for a ticket to…?
Common household objects in Italian
What do you do? (informal)
What are you studying? (informal)
Our lesson ends here. I hope you learned tons of new words with this free lesson!