Common Italian Words

Learning the most common Italian words helps you understand a great deal of everyday sentences, because the casual, spoken Italian language often uses a limited vocabulary. In this free lesson, we will see the 300 most common words in the Italian language.

lo Zingarelli, one of the biggest and most renowned dictionaries of the Italian language contains about 145,000 words and over 380,000 definitions. Do you need to know them all? Of course not. Don’t waste your time learning words and phrases that you'll never use.

The experts say that you only need a vocabulary of the 300 most common Italian words to be able to communicate well in Italian. Why not check them out today?

How to pronounce the 300 most common Italian words

Here are some of the most common Italian words to get you started. Further on in this lesson we will look at the pronunciation of these and many more Italian words.

  • Il - The (for masculine nouns)
  • Essere - To be
  • Questo - This
  • Cosa - What
  • Di - Of
  • Avere - To have
  • Quello - That
  • Anno - Tear
  • E - And
  • Dire - To say

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After you learn these words, understanding Italian will be much easier!

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