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Qualche parola in italiano
(A few words in Italian)

Have fun with us trying out a few words in Italian while there! Don't worry, generally Italians speak English, and everyone you will meet understands it. Duolingo is a good app for working on another language!

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Buongiorno

Good day

Pronounced like

'bwon-jornO' with a long 'O'

Used up until early afternoon

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Per Favore

Please

Pronounced like

'pear favor-eh'

with a soft 'a' as in 'fa'

(think do ri mi fa so la ti do)

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Buonasera

Good evening

Pronounced like 

'bwona - sara'

slight roll of the 'r'

Used once daylight is waning

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Grazie

Thank you

Pronounced with a slight roll of the 'r' (don't worry if that's difficult), ends with 'ia', so may sound like

'gdazia'

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Ciao!

Hello!

(also 'Goodbye')

Usually used once you know someone.

Pronounced like 'chow'

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Prego

You're welcome

(or "of course")

No, it's not the pasta brand, lol

Pronounced with a slight roll of the 'r' and a long 'a' as in 'stay', so may sound like

'pdAgo'

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Un Bicchiere

A Glass

Pronounced by slight roll of the 'r', sounds like

'bee-care-di'

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Bagno

Bathroom

Pronounced like

'ban-yo'

And now that you will be going to Italy, you really ought to know how to pronounce a word you say often in an Italian restaurant:

Bruschetta

It's pronounced like
'brew-sketta'

(the 'r' is rolled, but most importantly, the 'ch' is hard, so not
'brew-shetta')


Sorry! It's a Dan pet peeve, hahaha. He bites his tongue in almost every U.S. Italian restaurant.
(queue the eye roll)

A few examples in context

May I have a glass of wine please?

Posso avere un bicchiere di vino, per favore?

A glass of water, please.

Un bicchiere d'acqua, per favore.

Hi. Where is the bathroom?

Ciao! Dov'è il bagno?

This is amazing! Thank you!

Questo è incredibile! Grazie!

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