You should learn some keywords and sentences if you’re planning on visiting Italy. Our guide to basic Italian phrases for travel walks, love and life you through the most useful ways to communicate while in Italy. Language is an important part of Italian culture, and I’m sure you’d like to experience it all, don’t you?

Learning Italian on your trip is not just a matter of respect – although we do believe this is very important as well. People appreciate it when you speak their language and you gain experiences you would not have had if you spoke English.

Let’s get started with the most useful Italian phrases and words on your travels.

Italian Phrases For Travel

You can use these words and phrases to demonstrate that you have tried to speak the local language when you visit Italy. During your trip, you’ll be able to communicate with a wide variety of people if you learn these useful Italian words.

Italian Phrases
Italian Phrases

After each Italian translation, we provided a pronunciation guide. Studying a little more is recommended if you really want to get the accent right.

  • Yes\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Si \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow See}}}\)
  • No\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow No \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Noh}}}\)
  • Please\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Per favore \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Pehr fah-voh-reh}}}\)
  • Thank you\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Grazie \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Grah-tsee-eh}}}\)
  • You’re welcome\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Prego \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Preh-goh}}}\)
  • Cheers! (To your health)\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Salute! \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Sah-loo-tay}}}\)
  • Excuse me (for attention)\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Scusi \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Skooh–zee}}}\)
  • Excuse me (to pass by)\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Permesso \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Pehr-mehs-soh}}}\)
  • Do you speak English?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Parla Inglese? \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Parh-la een-glay-zeh}}}\)
  • I don’t understand\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Non capisco \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Non kah-pee-skoh}}}\)
  • I’m sorry\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Mi dispiace \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Mee dees-pyah-cheh}}}\)

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Common Greetings In Italian

Visiting Italy is one of our favorite things because of the cultural differences and norms. Italians don’t just say “good morning” casually. When you enter a shop or restaurant, speak to hotel staff, ride the bus, or visit a cultural site, greet everyone. It’s expected.

An enthusiastic “buon giorno!” goes a long way. Here are the most common greetings and their context, so you can get them right! People you don’t know, especially older ones, usually use the formal. Among friends, the informal is used.

  • Good morning (formal)\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Buon giorno \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Bwohn-johr-noh}}}\)
  • Good afternoon (formal)\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Buona sera \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Bwoh-nah-seh-rah}}}\)
  • Good night (formal)\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Buona notte \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Bwoh–nah–noh–teh}}}\)
  • Hi / Bye (informal)\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Ciao! \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Chow}}}\)
  • Good bye (formal)\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Arrivederci \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Ahr-ree-veh-dehr-chee}}}\)
  • My name is …\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Mi chiamo \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Mee kyah-moh}}}\)
  • What is your name?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Come si chiama? \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Koh-meh see kyah-mah?}}}\)
  • Pleased to meet you\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Piacere \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Pyah-cheh-reh}}}\)
  • How are you? (formal)\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Come sta? \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Koh-meh stah?}}}\)
  • Good thank you\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Bene grazie \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Beh-neh grah-tsee-eh}}}\)

A Guide To Saying Numbers In Italian

You don’t need to be able to count to 100, but having a good grasp on numbers up to 12 (for the hours of the day) will be helpful. When you’re at a restaurant, you need numbers – una pizza per favore! (a pizza please!)

  • One\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Uno \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Oo-noh}}}\)
  • Two\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Due \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Doo-eh}}}\)
  • Three\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Tre \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Treh}}}\)
  • Four\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Quattro \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Kwah-troh}}}\)
  • Five\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Cinque \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Cheen-kweh}}}\)
  • Six\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sei \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Say}}}\)
  • Seven\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sette \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Seht-tey}}}\)
  • Eight\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Otto \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Oh-toh}}}\)
  • Nine\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Nove \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Noh-veh}}}\)
  • Ten\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Dieci \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Dee-EH-chee}}}\)
  • Eleven\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Undici \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Oon–dee-chee}}}\)
  • Twelve\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Dodici \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Doh-dee-chee}}}\)

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How To Tell The Time And The Days Of The Week

Here are the basics of telling time in Italian, plus days of the week and other useful phrases. It is common for Italians to use a 24-hour clock, but if you specify morning and afternoon, they will also understand a 12-hour clock.

  • In the morning\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Di\ Mattina \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Dee\ mah-teen-ah}}}\)
  • In the afternoon\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Di\ pomeriggio \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Dee\ poh-meh-reed-joh}}}\)
  • In the evening\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Di\ Sera \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Dee\ seh–rah}}}\)
  • Noon\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Mezzogiorno \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Mehd-dzoh-johr-noh}}}\)
  • At what time?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow A\ che\ ora? \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Ah\ kay\ oar-ah?}}}\)
  • Nine o’clock in the morning\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Le\ nove \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Le\ noh-vay}}}\)
  • Eight o’clock in the evening\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Le\ otto\ di\ sera \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Le\ ot-to\ dee\ seh-rah}}}\)
  • Monday\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Lunedì \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Loo-neh-dee}}}\)
  • Tuesday\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Martedì \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Mahr-teh-dee}}}\)
  • Wednesday\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Mercoledì \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Mehr-koh-leh-dee}}}\)
  • Thursday\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Giovedì \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Joh-veh-dee}}}\)
  • Friday\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Venerdì \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Veh-nehr-dee}}}\)
  • Saturday\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sabato \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Sah-bah-toh}}}\)
  • Sunday\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Domenica \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Doh-meh-nee-kah}}}\)
  • Today\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Oggi \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Ohd-jee}}}\)
  • Yesterday\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Ieri \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Yeh-ree}}}\)
  • Tomorrow\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Domani \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Doh-mah-nee}}}\)

Useful Phrases At Restaurants

No doubt you will enjoy a few meals at restaurants during your Italy trip. In addition, we’re sure you’d like to indulge in a few scoops of gelato. Getting ready for ordering food or dining out? Here are some essential Italian phrases you need to know. You may be interacting with Italians the most at these times, so practice your greetings!

  • Can I see the menu please?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Il\ menu,\ per\ favore \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Eel\ men-oo, pehr fah-voh-reh}}}\)
  • What do you recommend?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Che\ cosa\ ci\ consiglia? \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Kay\ koh-za chee kon-seel-ya?}}}\)
  • I’m allergic to\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sono\ allergica/o\ a \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Son-oh ah-ler-gee-koh / kah ah}}}\)
  • Gluten / Dairy / Fish\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Glutine / Lattecini / Pesce \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Gloo-teen-ay / Lah-tay-cheen-ee / Pesh-ay}}}\)
  • House wine\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Vino\ della\ casa \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Vee-noh del-lah car-sah}}}\)
  • Red / white wine\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Vino\ rosso / bianco \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Vee–noh ross-oh / bee-ahn-koh}}}\)
  • A glass / bottle\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Una\ bicchiere / una\ bottiglia \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow OO-nah beek-kyeh-reh / boht-tee-lyah}}}\)
  • Appetizer\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Antipasto \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Ahn-tee-pah-stoh}}}\)
  • First course\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Primo \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Pree-moh}}}\)
  • Second course\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Secondo \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Sek-kon-doh}}}\)
  • Dessert\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Dolci \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Doll-chee}}}\)
  • Two flavors please\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Due\ gusti,\ per\ favore \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Doo-eh goo-stee, pehr fah-voh-reh}}}\)
  • Where’s the bathroom?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Dov’è\ il\ bagno? \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Doh-veh eel bahn-yoh?}}}\)
  • The check (bill) please\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Il\ conto,\ per\ favore \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Eel\ kon-toh, pehr fah-voh-reh}}}\)
  • Can I pay by card?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Posso\ pagare\ con\ la\ carta? \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Pohs-soh pah-gah-reh kon la cahr-tah?}}}\)

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It is a major part of many Italian itineraries to visit museums and attractions. This section provides you with useful phrases in Italian to help you purchase tickets and ask basic questions.

  • When does it open/close?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Quando\ si\ apri / chiude? \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Kwahn-doh see ah-pree / chee-oo-deh?}}}\)
  • Two adults / one child\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Due\ adulti / un\ bambino \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Doo-eh ah-dool-tee / oon bahm-bee-noh}}}\)
  • One / two ticket/s\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Un / due\ biglietto/i \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Oon\ beel-yet-toh / tee}}}\)
  • One senior\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Un\ pensionato \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Oon\ pen-seyoh-nah-toh}}}\)
  • One student\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Uno\ studente \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Ooh-noh stoo-den-teh}}}\)
  • Where is the bag store/cloak room?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Dov’è\ la\ guardaroba? \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Doh-veh lah gard-ah-robe-ah?}}}\)

Asking For Directions In Italian

These helpful words in Italian will come in handy if you get lost or need directions.

  • Where is ?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Dov’è? \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Doh-veh?}}}\)
  • Entrance\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Entrata \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow En-trah-tah}}}\)
  • Exit\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Uscita \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Ooh-shee-tah}}}\)
  • Left\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sinistra \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow See–nee-stra}}}\)
  • Right\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Destra \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Deh-stra}}}\)
  • Straight ahead\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Dritto \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Dree-toh}}}\)
  • Forward\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Avanti \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Ah-vahn-tee}}}\)
  • Back\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Dietro \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Dee-et-roh}}}\)

Useful Words For Transport And Getting Around

Trains, buses, and taxis are the most common modes of transportation in Italy. When you need help reaching the right platform or bus stop, these phrases will come in handy.

  • Where is the train station?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Dov’è\ la\ stazione? \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Doh-veh lah stah-tzee-oh-neh?}}}\)
  • Where is the bus stop?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Dov’è\ la\ fermata \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Doh-veh lah fur-mah-tah?}}}\)
  • One / two ticket/s\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Un / due\ biglietto/i \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Oon\ beel-yet-toh / tee}}}\)
  • One way\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Andata \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Ahn–dah-tah}}}\)
  • Return\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Ritorno \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Ree-torn-oh}}}\)
  • What platform for Rome?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Da\ quale\ binario\ per\ Roma? \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Dah\ kwah-lay bin-ah-rio\ pehr\ Roh-mah?}}}\)
  • Newstand (for bus tickets)\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Tabacchi \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Tah-back-kee}}}\)

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Shopping Words In Italian

It’s time to go shopping! Here are some key phrases to make sure you’re prepared.

I would like\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Vorrei \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Vor-ray}}}\)
How much is this?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Quanto\ costa\ questo? \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Kwahn-toh\ kohs-tah\ kwehs-toh??}}}\)
OK I’ll take it\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Va\ bene,\ lo\ prendo \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Vah\ beh-neh,\ loh\ prehn-doh}}}\)
I don’t want it\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Non\ lo\ voglio \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Nohn\ loh\ voh-lyoh}}}\)
Can you ship to?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Puoi\ spedire\ a? \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Pwoy\ sped-ear-eh\ ah?}}}\)

What To Say If You Need Help In Italian

Although we hope you’ll never need to use these phrases, it’s a good idea to learn them just in case.

  • Help!\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Aiuto! \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Ay-oo-toh!}}}\)
  • I need a doctor\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Ho\ bisogno\ di\ un\ dottore \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Ho\ biz-ohn-nyo\ dee\ oon\ dot-tor-reh}}}\)
  • Call the police\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Chiami\ la\ polizia \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Kee-ya-mee la po-lee-zee-ah}}}\)
  • Look out!\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Attento! \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow At–ten-toh}}}\)
  • Go away!\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Vai\ via! \\ \color{green}{Pronunciation \longrightarrow Vy\ vee-ah!}}}\)

Ultra-Sweet And Romantic Italian Phrases About Love And Life

Do you find yourself in love or falling in love? Let your partner know how much you love him or her today with these Italian love phrases. Why not express romantic feelings in a language known for its melodious tone and rhythmic sound?

The heartbeat was racing more than usual. Your face is flushing. Feelings of warmth and satisfaction. Are you familiar with this? Perhaps you understand what love feels like for most of us!

Humans are prone to finding love in unexpected places. Online dating can be an extremely successful way of meeting your true love, while it can also be a great way to develop a strong connection with someone you know. The fact remains that attraction can begin with a flick of the finger, no matter what the circumstance. From within, the butterflies cannot be stopped, nor can you plan it out.

Science cannot explain why it happens, and it’s genuinely mystical. According to a scientific report, our ancestors evolved in an effort to make love possible! Your landing on this page may be due to this reason.

With its concept, you are probably feeling giddy and eager to take things to the next level with your special someone. This post will show you how to express your feelings to your loved one using the best phrase and expressions.

Let’s do that if you’re up for it!

Italian Phrases About Love

Even if it isn’t Valentine’s Day, you can send your special someone some sweet messages to make their day. It is common for sweet phrases to be accompanied by a pet name, so let’s begin our Italian language journey with some affectionate nicknames.

  • My treasure\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Tesoro\ mio}}\)
  • Sweetheart/honey/cutie\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Tesorino}}\)
  • My heart\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Cuore\ mio}}\)
  • My love\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Amore\ mio}}\)
  • Little love\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Amorino}}\)
  • Soulmate\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Anima\ gemella}}\)
  • Dear\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Caro/cara }}\)
  • Star/little star\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Stella/stellina}}\)
  • Joy\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Gioia}}\)
  • Husband\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Marito}}\)
  • Wife\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Moglie}}\)
  • King\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Re}}\)
  • Queen\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Regina}}\)
  • My beloved (men)\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Mio\ amato}}\)
  • My beloved (women)\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Mia\ amata}}\)
  • My other half\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow La\ mia\ metà}}\)
  • My sweet other half\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Dolce\ metà }}\)

Now that you and your partner already have a romantic callsign for each other, it’s time for us to walk you through the different expressions that you could use as you hand out your un mazzo di rose (bouquet of roses), orsacchiotto (teddy bear) and seal it in with a bacino.

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Italian Love Phrases

  • I am attracted to you\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sono\ attratto/a\ da\ te}}\)
  • I love you / I love you very much/ I love you so much\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Ti\ amo\ /\ Ti\ amo\ tanto/\ Ti\ amo\ molto}}\)
  • You are my soulmate\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sei\ la\ mia\ anima\ gemella}}\)
  • I’m weak for you\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Ho\ un\ debole\ per\ te}}\)
  • I want to spend the rest of my life with you\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Voglio\ passare\ il\ resto\ della\ mia\ vita\ con\ te}}\)
  • You changed my life\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Mi\ hai\ cambiato\ la\ vita}}\)
  • You are beautiful\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sei\ bellissimo/a}}\)
  • You’re the only one for me\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sei\ l’unico/a\ per\ me}}\)
  • I can’t live without you\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Non\ posso\ vivere\ senza\ di\ te}}\)
  • I’m crazy about you\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sono\ pazzo/a\ di\ te}}\)
  • You’re everything to me\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sei\ tutto\ per\ me}}\)
  • You are the love of my life\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sei\ il\ grande\ amore\ della\ mia\ vita}}\)
  • I’m in love with you\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sono\ innamorato/a\ di\ te}}\)
  • I think about you every day\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Ti\ penso\ ogni\ giorno}}\)
  • I want you always by my side\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Ti\ voglio\ sempre\ al\ mio\ fianco}}\)
  • I love you \(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Ti\ voglio\ bene}}\)
  • Since I’ve known you my life is a paradise\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Da\ quando\ ti\ conosco\ la\ mia\ vita\ è\ un\ paradiso}}\)
  • I always think of you\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Ti\ penso\ sempre}}\)
  • I miss you\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Mi\ manchi}}\)
  • You’re always in my heart\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sei\ sempre\ nel\ mio\ cuore}}\)
  • We are made for each other\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Siamo\ fatti\ l’uno\ per\ l’altra\ }}\)
  • I am in love\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sono\ innamorato/a}}\)
  • Hello beautiful\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Ciao\ bello/a}}\)
  • Your smile is the sunshine of my life\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Il\ tuo\ sorriso\ è\ il\ sole\ della\ mia\ vita}}\)
  • I adore you\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Ti\ adoro}}\)

With the phrases we’ve learned, we thought it was time to provide you with a list of questions that you can ask to take your relationship to even greater heights! Below are some examples you won’t want to miss:

  • Do you want to be my boyfriend?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Vuoi\ essere\ il\ mio\ ragazzo\ }}\)
  • Will you marry me?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Mi\ vuoi\ sposare}}\)
  • Do you love me?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Mi\ ami?}}\)
  • Will you be mine?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sarai\ mio/a?}}\)
  • Will you be mine forever?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sarai\ mio/a\ per\ sempre?}}\)
  • Do you like me?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Ti\ piaccio?}}\)
  • Can we go on a date?\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Possiamo\ andare\ ad\ un\ appuntamento?}}\)

What Italian love phrases, pet names, or romantic Italian questions will you use with your special someone? Choosing the right one today will allow you to see for yourself the power of these simple romance words! Is it so kind of you to share this post on social media if you enjoyed it?

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Funny Italian Phrases And Sayings

In some cases, textbooks are not enough to teach us what we need to know. There are certain words, expressions, abbreviations, colorful idioms, and funny Italian phrases that can only be learned in bars with friends, on the street, or in this article that will make you feel like you’re speaking Italian like a native.

To fully understand what is being said to you and around you, you should also learn these fun words and commonly-used expressions.

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Funny Italian Phrases, Idioms, And Things To Say In Italian

There is nothing funny about Italian idioms, which we often encounter in our day-to-day lives. Cultural customs, values, and traditions are reflected in them, and metaphors and analogies are heavily used. It’s for this reason that they often appear totally random when translated literally.

Italian sayings, idioms, and amusing expressions have very different meanings from their literal translations, which is one of the keys to understanding them. Instead of assuming what they mean, try figuring out what they mean.

With these colorful Italian idioms, you’ll sound like a native speaker in no time.

  • To give someone trouble\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Far\ vedere\ i\ sorci\ verdi}}\)
  • To be loopy\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Essere\ fuori\ come\ un\ balcone}}\)
  • To find a solution to a tricky situation without compromising any positive outcome\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Salvare\ capra\ e\ cavoli}}\)
  • To arouse someone’s doubts or suspicions\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Mettere\ la\ pulce\ nell’orecchio}}\)
  • To damage your own plans or progress through silly actions\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Tirarsi\ la\ zappa\ sui\ piedi}}\)
  • To know someone so well that you can easily predict how they will behave in any given situation\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Conoscere\ i\ propri\ polli}}\)
  • To give valuables to people unable to appreciate them\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Dare\ perle\ ai\ porci}}\)
  • To turn the tables in one’s favor\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Rigirare\ la\ frittata}}\)
  • To greatly exaggerate the importance of a problem\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Fare\ d’una\ mosca\ un\ elefante}}\)
  • To be addled, confused, and unable to think clearly\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Essere\ suonato\ come\ una\ campana}}\)
  • To be snobbish and haughty\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Avere\ la\ puzza\ sotto\ al\ naso}}\)
  • To stop trying to do something, because you know that you can’t succeed\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Gettare\ la\ spugna}}\)
  • To have no scruples\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Avere\ pelo\ sullo\ stomaco}}\)
  • It’s the opposite of the English phrase, “From rags to riches”\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Dalle\ stelle\ alle\ stalle}}\)
  • To be very energetic\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Avere\ l’argento\ vivo\ addosso}}\)
  • To fail to achieve any results or success\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Restare\ con\ un\ pugno\ di\ mosche}}\)
  • To do something cautiously\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Andarci\ con\ i\ piedi\ di\ piombo}}\)
  • To make a mistake\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Prendere\ un\ granchio}}\)
  • To be involved in everything that happens\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Avere\ le\ mani\ in\ pasta}}\)
  • To misunderstand something completely\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Capire\ Roma\ per\ toma}}\)
  • To misunderstand\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Prendere\ fischi\ per\ fiaschi}}\)
  • To kick someone out of his job\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Fare\ le\ scarpe\ a\ qualcuno}}\)
  • To start talking to someone you don’t know\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Attaccare\ bottone}}\)
  • To be very direct and speak your mind, regardless of the possibility of upsetting someone\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Non\ avere\ peli\ sulla\ lingua}}\)
  • To treat something as insignificant\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Farsene\ un\ baffo}}\)
  • To be furious\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Avere\ un\ diavolo\ per\ capello}}\)
  • To eliminate every indecision\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Tagliare\ la\ testa\ al\ toro}}\)
  • To bring into disorder\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Rompere\ le\ uova\ nel\ paniere}}\)
  • To be a clumsy person who drops things\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Avere\ le\ mani\ di\ pasta\ frolla}}\)
  • To be flat broke\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Essere\ al\ verde}}\)
  • And that’s that, it’s all over\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Buonanotte\ al\ secchio}}\)

Funny Italian Words That Sound Absolutely Hilarious

There are tons of wacky, funny-sounding Italian words that sound like they couldn’t possibly be true.

What makes some Italian words make us giggle? Getting a chuckle is all about the sound and the form a word takes. Many whimsical words sound comical because they include blends of other words (such as ‘attaccabrighe’, which comes from attaccare and brighe, and ‘battiscopa’, which comes from battere and scopa), and reduplicatives, which repeat sound sequences (such as ‘chiacchierare,’ ‘giuggiola,’ and ‘furfante’), as well as intrinsically funny sounds, such as “oo,” “k,” “b,” and “g.” Double letters are also funny.

Words that look or sound unusual are funnier. Here are over 30 fun-to-say words you can use right now.

  • Spoon\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Cucchiaio}}\)
  • Roller shutter\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Tapparella}}\)
  • Jar\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Barattolo}}\)
  • Drizzle\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Acquerugiola}}\)
  • Joke\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Barzelletta}}\)
  • Nap\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Pennichella}}\)
  • Trinket\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Ninnolo}}\)
  • Troublemaker\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Attaccabrighe}}\)
  • Evident by itself\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Lapalissiano / lapalissiana}}\)
  • Slavishly, without originality\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Pedissequamente}}\)
  • Bug\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Bacherozzo, bacherozzolo}}\)
  • To chat\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Chiacchierare}}\)
  • Freebooter\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Filibustiere}}\)
  • Knick knack\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Cianfrusaglia}}\)
  • Baseboard\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Battiscopa}}\)
  • Scoundrel\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Farabutto / farabutta}}\)
  • Lapis lazuli\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Lapislazzuli}}\)
  • Slippery\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Sdrucciolevole}}\)
  • Fake\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Farlocco / farlocca}}\)
  • Dashboard\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Cruscotto}}\)
  • Pernicious, harmful\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Pernicioso / perniciosa}}\)
  • Adventure\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Peripezia}}\)
  • Clapper\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Batacchio}}\)
  • Tat\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Paccottiglia}}\)
  • Mare, adult female horse\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Giumenta}}\)
  • Cob\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Pannocchia}}\)
  • Limy\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Limaccioso / limacciosa}}\)
  • Draft\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Spiffero}}\)
  • Pulley\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Carrucola}}\)
  • Jujube\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Giuggiola}}\)
  • Loafer\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Fannullone / Fannullona}}\)
  • Triviality\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Bazzecola}}\)
  • Sheave\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Puleggia}}\)
  • Tapioca\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Tapioca}}\)
  • Invisible socks, ankle socks\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Fantasmini}}\)
  • Chubby\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Paffuto / paffuta}}\)
  • Fib\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Frottola}}\)
  • Mouthwash, mouth-cleansing product\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Collutorio}}\)
  • Duck-billed platypus\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Ornitorinco}}\)
  • Rascal\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Furfante}}\)
  • Nibelung\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Nibelungo}}\)
  • Lazybones\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Pelandrone / pelandrona}}\)
  • Inaccuracy, approximation\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Pressapochismo}}\)
  • Political apathy\(\color{red}{\mathbf{\longrightarrow Qualunquismo}}\)

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What is a beautiful Italian word?

  • bello→ masculine singular (bambino bello→ beautiful boy)
  • bella→ feminine singular (bambina bella→ beautiful girl)
  • belli→ masculine plural (bambini belli→ beautiful boys)
  • belle→ feminine plural (bambine belle→ beautiful girls).

What is a typical Italian greeting?

“Ciao” (Hello) is the common verbal greeting. It’s quite casual here. To be more formal, people may say “Buongiorno” (Good day) or “Buonasera” (Good evening). Continue to refer to someone by their title and last name until they invite you to use their first name.

What’s a famous Italian saying?

Noi Non-Potremo Avere Perfetta Vita Senza Amici – “We Couldn’t Have a Perfect Life Without Friends” This quote by Dante Alighieri is one of the most famous Italian sayings still used in everyday speech despite its old-fashioned phrasing.

What is the most famous Italian quote?

Veni, vidi, vici. (“I came, I saw, I conquered.”) In Italian, it’s: Venni, vidi, vinsi. This is probably the oldest and most memorable of all the popular Italian quotes, and it comes from ancient Italian times (and more precisely, from ancient Rome).