Speak like an Italian
Get a few Italian phrases under your belt before you head off on vacation – don’t worry if you get it wrong…just speak with gusto, flair, and plenty of gestures, and you’ll fit right in. Ciao!
1. Hello - Ciao
Pronounced ‘chow’, the greeting is used for both hello and goodbye.
2. Yes - Si
Pizza? Si! Pasta? Si! Italian wine? Si, si!
3. Thank you - Grazie
Now you can thank your waiter for the scrummy Italian meal.
4. Beautiful - Bellisima
Great for describing some of the stunning Italian architecture.
5. Oh my goodness - Mamma mia!
An expression of surprise or wonder.
6. How much is this - Quanto costa?
Ideal when shopping. A pair of Gucci sunglasses perhaps?
7. Excuse me, where’s…. - Mi scusi, dov'è ...?)
You won’t want to miss any of the amazing sites found throughout Italy. If in doubt, ask for directions from a local.
8. Ice cream - Gelato
Italy is the ice-cream lovers heaven – you can’t avoid it (and why would you want to?).
9. The wine menu, please - La carta dei vini, per favore
Tantalise your palate with some Italian wine.
10. Delicious - Delizioso
Give your compliments to the chef.
*The small print
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