How do Italians answer the phone?

Summary

Get ready to chat like a local! Our guide will turn you into a phone convo pro in Italian, teaching you the essential phrases to start and end calls with ease. Say ‘ciao’ to phone jitters! 📞🇮🇹

  • Answering the Phone: Start with a confident “Pronto” (Hello?) to show you’re ready to talk. Keep it casual with friends using “Ciao” or “Salve” for a more formal touch.
  • Who’s Calling? Curious about the caller? Ask “Chi parla?” (Who’s calling?) or state your name with “Mi chiamo…” to introduce yourself.
  • Connecting Callers: Want to talk to someone specific? Use “Potrei parlare con…?” (Could I speak with…?) to get directed to the right person.
  • Wrapping Up: End on a high note with a polite “Grazie” or “Arrivederci” (See you soon) to leave a good impression. 🌟
  • Pronto 101: Remember, “pronto” is your go-to regardless of gender. It’s like saying “Ready!” but way cooler because, well, it’s Italian.

My thoughts

One of the first things you need to know if you’re considering going to Italy is how to answer the phone in Italian.

Talking on the phone in a foreign country can be intimidating, especially if you’re not fluent.

Don’t worry, though. In today’s post, you’ll learn all about how Italians answer the phone so that you can learn how to do it too.

Let’s find out!

Answering the Phone in Italian

First of all, you need to learn some basic vocabulary in Italian about calling.

Here are some important words and expressions:

chiamare

to call

chiamata

a phone call

numero (di telefono)

phone number

cellulare

mobile phone

telefono

telephone

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How to Answer the Phone in Italian?

Let’s now focus on how to answer the phone in Italian.

Here are some expressions to start with:

Pronto

Hello?

Ciao (informal)

Hi

Salve (formal)

Hello

Buongiorno/ Buonasera

Good morning/ Good evening

Chi parla?

Who’s calling?/ Who’s this?

Sono…

It’s…

Mi chiamo…

My name is…

Potrei parlare con…?

Could I speak with…?

Con chi parlo?

Who am I talking to?

Glielo/ Gliela passo subito.

I’ll pass it on to him/ her straight away.

There are three very informal ways to answer the phone in Italian.

We use them if we know the person who’s calling:

Oi!/ Hey!

Hey!

Dimmi!

Tell me!

How to End a Call in Italian?

And here are some expressions to end the call:

Grazie/ Grazie mille

Thanks/ Thanks a lot

Ciao (informal)

Bye

Arrivederci

See you soon

Buona giornata

Have a good day

Buona serata

Have a good evening

What does “pronto” mean in Italian?

Interestingly, in Italian when we answer the phone we don’t say ciao.

Instead, we say pronto.

Pronto literally means “ready”. So, when we answer the phone, we let the person on the other end know that we are ready to talk.

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This is why we say pronto to answer the phone.

By the way, if you’re wondering whether you should say pronta if you’re a woman, the answer is no.

You always say pronto.

Italian Phone Conversation | Example

Let’s now have a look at an example of a phone call in Italian:

A: Pronto?
B: Salve, buongiorno. Potrei parlare con Marco?
A: Certo, chi parla?
B: Sono Eleonora.
A: Glielo passo subito.
B: Grazie, arrivederci.
A: Buona giornata.

A: Hello?
B: Hello, good morning. Could I speak with Marco?
A: Sure, who’s calling?
B: It’s Eleonora.
A: I’ll hand it on to him right away.
B: Thanks, see you soon.
A: Have a nice day.

Learn more about Phrasal Verbs in Italian.

What does "pronto" mean in Italian?

"Pronto" means "ready" in Italian. When answering the phone, Italians use "pronto" to let the person on the other end know that they are ready to talk.

How do you answer the phone in Italian?

To answer the phone in Italian, you can say "Pronto," "Ciao" (informal), "Salve" (formal), "Buongiorno" (good morning), "Buonasera" (good evening), or "Chi parla?" (who's calling?).

What are some ways to end a call in Italian?

Some ways to end a call in Italian include saying "Grazie/ Grazie mille" (thanks/ thanks a lot), "Ciao" (bye), "Arrivederci" (see you soon), "Buona giornata" (have a good day), or "Buona serata" (have a good evening).

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2 Responses

    1. Ciao Rose!

      “Pronto” is a standard line when you pick up the phone. Then you can say “Ciao”, a bit more informal, or “Salve” + good morning/good night, a bit more formal.

      I hope to have answered your question 🙂 so please let me know

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