Italian vocabulary

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Ready to charm Italians with your linguistic flair? 🇮🇹 Dive into our guide and master essential Italian vocabulary! Say ‘ciao’ to awkward silences as you learn greetings, introductions, and everyday words that’ll make any Italian’s heart sing. 🎶

  • Say Hello & Goodbye: ‘Ciao’ is your go-to for casual hellos and goodbyes. Feeling formal? ‘Salve’ is your friend. And don’t forget ‘buongiorno’ for mornings and ‘buonasera’ for evenings. 👋
  • See You Soon: Parting is such sweet sorrow, but ‘a domani’ makes it easier, promising a ‘see you tomorrow’. For a casual farewell, ‘ci vediamo’ is your casual ciao. 👋🏼
  • Introduce Yourself: Break the ice with ‘Piacere’ (Nice to meet you). Share your name with ‘Mi chiamo…’ and sprinkle in your age or hometown for that personal touch. 🤝
  • Share Your Passion: Italians love passion! Say ‘Mi piace…’ followed by your hobby to share what you love doing. Whether it’s ‘leggere romanzi’ or ‘ballare il tango’, share your zest for life! 💃📚
  • Everyday Words: Get by with the basics like ‘cosa’ (thing), ‘giorno’ (day), and ‘tempo’ (time/weather). And always have ‘grazie’ (thanks) and ‘scusa’ (sorry) at the ready. 🗣️

In this post, we’re going to teach you some useful Italian vocabulary.

You’ll learn how to say hello and goodbye in Italian, how to introduce yourself in Italian, and some common Italian words.

Let’s get started!

common italian vocabulary

Greetings in Italian

Here are the most common greetings in Italian:

ciao

hello (informal) and goodbye

The most popular “hello” in Italian is ciao. It can be used at any time of the day.

Interestingly, it can also mean “bye”.

Another option is a salve, but it’s more formal.

It’s a safe choice whenever you don’t know whether to sound formal or informal. For instance, you would say salve to the cashier at a shop.

salve

hello (formal)

There are other ways of saying “hello” depending on the time of the day:

buongiorno

good morning

buon pomeriggio

good afternoon

buonasera

good evening

Buongiorno means “good morning” or “good day”. Buon pomeriggio means “good afternoon”, but it’s pretty formal. Buonasera can be used as a good evening greeting.

a domani

see you tomorrow

A domani literally means “until tomorrow”, so we use it like “see you tomorrow.”

You can use it when you’re leaving the office.

ci vediamo

see you (informal)

Ci vediamo literally means “see each other”, so you can use it as “see you”.

You can combine this expression with a time expression, as in the examples below:

ci vediamo dopo

see you later

ci vediamo domani

see you tomorrow

ci vediamo presto

see you soon

Then there’s this formal farewell greeting:

arrivederci

see you (formal)

Arrivederci literally means “until we meet again”.

We use it to say “goodbye” in a formal way, for instance, when we want to say goodbye to our teacher.

If you’re with a friend you can just say ciao, ci vediamo domani!

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Introducing yourself in Italian

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Let’s now focus on words and expressions you can use to introduce yourself:

Piacere.

Nice to meet you.

Mi chiamo Eleonora.

I’m Eleonora.

Io sono Francesco.

I’m Francesco.

Ho vent’anni.

I’m 20.

Ho trentacinque anni.

I’m 35.

Sono di Roma.

I’m from Rome.

Sono nigeriana.

I’m Nigerian.

Sono dottoressa.

I’m a doctor. (female)

Sono insegnante.

I’m a teacher.

Mi piace leggere romanzi in inglese.

I like to read novels in English.

Mi piace ballare il tanto.

I like to dance the tango.

Here’s an example of someone introducing themselves:

Ciao, (io) mi chiamo Elena. Ho 25 anni e sono di Torino. Sono biologa e mi piace cucinare.

Hello, my name is Elena. I’m 25, and I’m from Turin. I’m a biologist, and I like to cook.

Useful Italian vocabulary

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Common words in Italian

Here’s a list of the most common Italian words:

cosa

thing

giorno

day

grazie

thanks

prego

you’re welcome

scusa

sorry (informal)

scusi

sorry (formal)

tempo

time or weather

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