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Italian Greetings with Pronunciation

Below you will learn basic greetings, introductions and common expressions useful when you want to greet or to start a conversation in Italian. In almost all the lessons provided by you will find pronunciation tips and examples. Only this way we think the learning process is faster and easier for all the learners. What do you think about our lessons? Leave us a message through our contact page.

Italian Greetings

Now, let's learn how to say Hello, Goodbye, Thank you and You’re welcome in Italian. The greetings and goodbyes found below are used formal and / or informal.

English Italian Pronunciation
Hello / Hi Salve salvay
Hello / Hi Ciao ciaooh
Good day Buongiorno bown-giorno
Good evening Buonasera bownah-seh-rah
Good night Buona notte bownah no-te
Welcome Benvenuto behnveh-noo-toh
A warm welcome Un caloroso benvenuto oon caloh-roh-zo behnveh-noo-toh
Goodbye / Bye Ciao ciaooh
Goodbye / Bye Addio addio
Goodbye / Bye Arrivederci arrivedehrci
See you soon A presto ah prestoh
Thank you Grazie grahtseeay
You’re welcome Prego pray-go
How are you? in Italian - Ask & respond

Sometimes asking a question like How are you? is a way of saying Hello!, the same pleasantries are found between Italian speakers.

English Italian Pronunciation
How's it going? Come va? ko-meh vah
How are you? Come stai? ko-meh stah-ee
How are you? Come sta? (formal) ko-meh stah

There are many possible responses to give when someone asks you How are you?, below we have listed some of the most popular answers translated in Italian.

English Italian Pronunciation
I'm fine, thank you. Bene, grazie. beh-neh, grahtseeay
Very well, thank you. Molto bene, grazie. mohl-toh beh-neh, grahtseeay
I'm so-so Così così. cohsi cohsi
Not well Va male. vah mah-leh

After you answer, it is customary to ask how the other person is doing. You can do this easily by saying E tu? (And you?) if is a casual meeting or E Lei? (And you?) if you want to be formal.

How to make introductions in Italian

Meeting and greeting often requires introductions and knowing the proper way to make introductions in a particular language can help you make a good first impression.

English Italian Pronunciation
What is your name? Qual è il tuo nome? kuahl eh eel towh nomeh
What is your last name? Qual è il tuo cognome? kuahl eh eel towh co-neo-may
My name is... Il mio nome è... eel mee-oh nomeh eh
Glad to meet you Felice di conoscerti feh-lee-ceh dee coh-noh-shehr-tee
Nice to meet you Piacere di conoscerti peeah-cehreh dee coh-noh-shehr-tee
Can you help me? Mi puoi aiutare? mee poy ah-yoo-tah-ray
yes ; no sì ; no see ; noh
I do not understand Non capisco nohn kapee-scoh
I do not speak Italian Non parlo italiano nohn par-loh ita-lee-anoh
I do not speak well Italian Io non parlo bene italiano yoh nohn par-loh beh-neh ita-lee-anoh
How to apologize in Italian

Below you will study some common Italian expressions of forgiveness useful for situations like squeezing through crowds, to more serious situations where a personal apology is necessary.

English Italian Pronunciation
Excuse me Mi scusi mee skoo-zee
Excuse me Scusi / Scusa skoo-zee / skoo-zah
I apologize Mi scuso mee skoo-zoh
I owe you an apology Ti devo delle scuse tee deh-voh deh-leh skoo-zeh
Please Per favore per fah-voreh
Please accept my apology Per favore accetta le mie scuse per fah-voreh aceh-tah leh mee-eh skoo-zeh
Forgiveness! Perdono! per-donoh

Important! Because some Italian sounds are not found in English we have tried to come up with something that sounds similar, for this reason the pronunciation tips from above are simply informational and does not offer any guarantee.

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