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:
a phone call
numero (di telefono)
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:
Good morning/ Good evening
Who’s calling?/ Who’s this?
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:
How to end a call in Italian
And here are some expressions to end the call:
Grazie/ Grazie mille
Thanks/ Thanks a lot
See you soon
Have a good day
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.
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:
B: Salve, buongiorno. Potrei parlare con Marco?
A: Certo, chi parla?
B: Sono Eleonora.
A: Glielo passo subito.
B: Grazie, arrivederci.
A: Buona giornata.
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.
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