Basic Italian phrases

with pronunciations


phrase sheet

Your next trip to Italy will be more enjoyable by learning these basic Italian phrases.

List and phonetics ©2013 HQP /

Hi / bye  (casual)
Ciao   chow

Good day  (formal)
Buon giorno   bwon ZHOR-no

Good evening  (formal)
Buona sera   BWOH-nah SEH-rah

Good night  (formal)
Buona notte   BWOH-nah NOHT-teh

Arrivederci   ah-ree-vuh-DEHR-chee

Per favore   pehr fah-VOH-reh

Thank you
Grazie   GRAHT-zee

You're Welcome
Prego   PREH-goh

Excuse me / sorry
Scusi   SKOO-zee

Excuse me  (to pass)
Permesso   per-MESS-soh

Si   see

No   noh

The check  (in restaurant)
Il conto   Eel KOHN toh

How much is it?
Quanto?   KWAHN-toh

Dove   DOH-veh

What is your name?  (casual)
Come ti chiami?  KOH-meh tee kee-AH-mee

My name is ...
Mi chiamo ...   mee kee-AH-mo

Do you speak English?
Parla inglese?   PAHR-lah een-GLEH-zeh

List and phonetics ©2013 HQP /

Helpful Italian
language pointers


When in doubt, put the stress on the second to last syllable of a word. You will usually be right.


In nearly all cases, you pronounce each consonant distinctly. Don't blend it with the following consonant.

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