This is the first category in the essential phrases for travelers.. Here are the greetings.
Salve! – Hello!
Pronto! – Hello! When you answer the phone
Ciao! – Hi! or bye, bye!
Buon giorno! –Good morning!
Buon pomeriggio – Good afternoon!
Buona sera! – Good evening!
Come sta? – How are you?
Come va? – How’re you doing?
Ci sentiamo bene – We’re feeling fine.
Grazie, va bene cosi – Thanks, just fine
Another part of the essential phrases for travelers is the introduction. Here is a list of introductions in Italian along with the English counterpart.
Mi chiamo Michele – My name is Michael
Placere di conosceria – Pleased to meet you
Questa e mia moglie – This is my wife
Questo e mio marito – This is my husband
Come si chiama? – What is your name?
Di dov’e? – Where are you from?
Dove lavora? – Where do you work?
Che cosa studia? – What are you studying?
Lei abita qui? – Do you live here?
Siamo qui da una settimana – We’ve been here for a week
How to Ask Questions in Italian
Who is Carlo? Where is the bathroom? What time is it? Why do you run? How do you make pesto? This is a quick how to instruction on how to ask the right questions in Italian.
- Questions asked beginning with a questioning word, the subject is usually placed at the end of the sentence. Example: Quando guarda la TV Michele? – When does Michael watch TV?
- Chi? Means Who? Or Whom?
- To ask Which (one) or Which (ones) use Quale? Or Quali? Plural
- Che: means What? Or What kind of?
- If you are asking about How much? Or How many? Use Quantro/a/i/e?
- Come? Indicates How?
- To ask Why? Us Perchae?
- Quandro? (Che cosa e, cos’e) says in English What is…? In a request for a definition or an explanation.
- Dove? means Where?
Here are a few tips when forming a question in Italian:
- Che and cosa are abbreviated forms of che cosa. The forms are interchangeable.
- As with all adjective, the questioning adjectives agrees in gender and number with the nouns they modify, except for che, which stays the same.
- Prepositions such as a, di, con, and per always precede the questioning che. In Italian, a question will never end with a preposition.