How do Italians answer the phone?

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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!

How to answer the phone in Italian

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

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 speak on the phone in Italian

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

How do Italians answer the phone

What does “pronto” mean in Italian?

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

Instead, we say pronto.

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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.

Answering the phone in Italian

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.

How to call someone in Italian

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