Italy Language Tips

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Last updated:
27.10.2018

If you're concerned that no-one will understand you when you arrive in Italy, rest assured, most of the locals, especially those working in tourism or providing services, speak at least some English. But learning a few phrases is both fun and useful!

How to blend in with the locals: Italian language essentials

Knowing a few words in Italian wouldn't hurt, so here are some Italian language tips for first-timers traveling to Italy.

If you want to greet someone or say "bye", simply say the same word for both: "Ciao" (pronounced "chao").

When asking someone for something, don't forget to add "Per favore", meaning "please". And thank people by saying "Grazie" (pronounced "gratsie").

"Yes" and "no" are easy ones too - "si" and "no".

And don't be worried to pronounce any of them incorrectly, the locals will surely appreciate your effort regardless!

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