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Phrasebook

I use some (a very few) Italian phrases in here to keep myself from moving entirely back into my English brain, and while I never say anything important in Italian, here’s where to find the translations.  I can’t vouch for 100% accuracy, but this is what I think I’m saying ; )

Some generally useful phrases are also included.

  • A domani — Until tomorrow
  • Acqua fizzante — sparkling water; I don’t drink it, but it’s really popular here as a palate-cleanser.
  • Acqua naturale — still water
  • Amici miei — my friends
  • Allora — Then (often used as in ‘well then’)
  • Andiamo — we go (also used as “on we go”)
  • Bagno/bagni — bathroom/bathrooms
  • Basta — That’s enough (used A LOT during mealtimes)
  • Bellissima — very beautiful
  • Bigletteria — ticket office (bigletto = ticket)
  • Bigne — small iced pastries filled with cold cream
  • Buonanotte — Good night (said *only* right before going to sleep)
  • Buonasera — Good evening (said from about 6:00 on)
  • Buongiorno — Good day (said throughout the day until about 6:00)
  • Che? (or ‘come?’) — What? (as in, “I didn’t catch that”)
  • Ci vediamo a dopo — See you later
  • Ciaccolata calda — hot chocolate
  • Cianfrusaglie — odds and ends
  • Ciao — both ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’, mildly informal
  • Con o senza panna — with or without cream
  • Duomo — cathedral
  • Faccio — to make or do, referring to oneself (as in “I make/do”)
  • Firenze — the Italian name for Florence
  • Grazie — Thank you
  • I Nipoti — all of one’s nieces and nephews (plus grandchildren)
  • I Zii — all of one’s uncles and aunts
  • L’italiano — the Italian (as in “the Italian language”)
  • Mi dispiace — I’m sorry (literally something along the lines of “it gives me pain”)
  • Molto bene — Very well (also used as “very good”)
  • Molto carino — Very nice
  • Niente — nothing
  • Palazzo — palace (or simply ‘grand house’)
  • Pasticceria — pastry shop
  • Per esempio — For example
  • Piazza — open city square
  • Prego — You’re welcome
  • Prossima fermata — next stop
  • Ringraziamento — Thanksgiving
  • Sciopero — (labor) strike
  • Scusi — Excuse me
  • Un po’ — a little
  • Via, Viale — street, avenue

Bonus: “Dove’ il parco?” = “Where is the park?”

 

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