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Bare Bones Italian

Here are some basic survival phrases everyone should know:
 
  • Buon giorno ("bwon geeOR-no") = Good morning/day
  • Buona sera ("BWO-nah SEH-rah") = Good evening
  • Ciao ("chow") = Hi/Bye!
  • Grazie ("GRAHTS-ee-eh") = Thank you
  • Prego ("PRAY-go") = You're welcome/Here you go/Please go ahead/How can I help you (a versatile word--it means all this except the American pasta sauce!)
  • Si ("see") = Yes
  • No ("no") = No
  • Per favore/Per piacere ("pear fah-VO-ray" / "pee-ah-CHAY-ray") = Please
  • Parla l'inglese? ("PAHR-lah leen-GLAY-say") = Do you speak English?
  • Non capisco/non ho capito ("Nohn cah-PEES-coh"/"Nohn oh cah-PEE-toh") = I don't understand/I didn't understand
  • C'è... ("chay") = There is.../Is there...?
  • Dov'è... ("DOH-veh") = Where is...
  • il bagno ("eel BAH-nyoh") = the bathroom
  • Documento ("doh-coo-MEN-toh") = document (e.g. photo ID...at most stores, you will be asked to show documento if you use a credit card)
  • Bancomat ("BAHN-coh-maht") = ATM
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