Useful Phrases
COURTESY

Please. Per favore. pehr fah-VOH-reh
Please. Per piacere. pehr pyah-CHEH-reh
Thank you. Grazie. GRAH-tsyeh
You're welcome. Prego. PREH-goh
Sorry (excuse me). Scusi. SKOO-zee
Excuse me (may I get through?). Permesso. pehr-MEHS-soh
It doesn't matter. Non importa. nohn eem-POHR-tah


GREETINGS

Good morning/good afternoon. Buon giorno. bwon JOHR-noh
Good evening. Buona sera. BWOH-nah SEH-rah
Good night. Buona notte. BWOH-nah NOHT-tah
Hello (formal). Salve. SAHL-veh
Good-bye (formal). Arrivederci. ahr-ree-veh-DEHR-chee
Hello. Good-bye (informal). Ciao. chow
See you soon. A presto. ah PREH-stoh
See you later. A più tardi. ah pyoo TAHR-dee

APPROACHING SOMEONE FOR HELP

Excuse me,... Mi scusi,... mee SKOO-zee
·Sir. ·signore. see-NYOH-reh
·Madam/Mrs. ·signora. see-NYOH-rah
·Miss/Ms. ·signorina. see-nyoh-REE-nah
Do you speak English? Parla inglese? PAHR-lah een-GLEH-zeh?
Yes. Sì. see
No. No. noh
I'm sorry. Mi dispiace. mee dee-SPYAH-cheh
I don't speak Italian. Non parlo italiano. nohn PAHR-loh ee-tah-LYAH-noh
I understand a little. Capisco un pò. ka-PEE-skoh oon poh
Please speak more slowly. Per favore, parli più adagio. pehr-fah-VOH-reh, PAHR-lee pyoo ah-DAH-joh
Please repeat. Per favore ripeta. pehr-fah-VOH-reh ree-PEH-tah
May I ask a question? Posso fare una domanda? POHS-soh FAH-reh OO-nah doh-MAHN-dah?
Could you please help me? Può aiutarmi, per favore? pwoh ah-yoo-TAHR-mee, pehr fah-VOH-reh?
Of course. Certamente. cher-tah-MEHN-teh
Where is the bathroom? Dov'è la toletta? doh-VEH lah toh-eh-LEHT-tah?
Thank you very much. Mille grazie. MEEL-leh GRAH-tsyeh

QUESTION WORDS

Who? Chi? kee?
What? Che cosa? keh KOH-sah
Why? Perché? pehr-KEH?
When? Quando? KWAHN-doh?
Where? Dove? DOH-veh?
How? Come? KOH-meh?
How much? Quanto? KWAHN-toh?


NUMBERS

once una volta OO-nah VOHL-tah
first primo PREE-moh
0 zero DZEH-roh
1 uno OO-noh
twice due volte DOO-eh VOHL-teh
second secondo seh-KOHN-doh
third terzo TEHR-tsoh
2 due DOO-eh
half mezzo MEHD-dzoh
half of metà di mehd-TAH dee
3 tre treh
fourth quarto KWAHR-toh
fifth quinto KWEEN-toh
4 quattro KWAHT-troh
a third un terzo oon TEHR-tsoh
5 cinque CHEEN-kweh
a quarter un quarto oon KWAHR-toh
6 sei SEH-ee
percent per cento pehr CHEHN-toh
7 sette SEHT-teh
a lot of molto MOHL-toh
a little of un po' di oon POH dee
8 otto OHT-toh
9 nove NOH-veh
a few alcuni ahl-KOO-nee
10 dieci DYEH-chee
enough abbastanza ahb-bah-STAHN-tsah
too much troppo TROHP-poh
11 undici OON-dee-chee
too little troppo poco TROHP-poh POH-koh
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TREH-dee-chee
a dozen of una dozzina di OO-nah dohd-DZEE-nah dee
14 quattrodici kwat-TOHR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SEH-dee-chee
17 diciassette dee-chahs-SEHT-teh
18 diciotto dee-CHOHT-toh
19 diciannove dee-chahn-NOH-veh
20 venti VEHN-tee
21 ventuno vehn-TOO-noh
22 ventidue vehn-tee-DOO-eh
30 trenta TREHN-tah
40 quaranta kwah-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAHN-tah
60 sessanta sehs-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seht-SAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta noh-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEHN-toh
101 centouno chehn-toh-OO-noh
200 duecento dweh-CHEHN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-leh
2,000 duemila dweh-MEE-lah


CHANGING MONEY

Where can I change some dollars? Dove posso cambiare dei dollari? DOH-veh POHS-soh kam- BYAH-reh day DOHL-lah-ree?
·this check? ·questo assegno? ·KWEH-stoh ahs-SEH-nyoh?
Is the bank open? È aperta la banca? eh ah-PEHR-tah lah BAHN-kah?
No, it's closed. No, è chiusa. noh, eh KYOO-sah
Is there a currency exchange nearby? C'è un ufficio cambio qui vicino? cheh oon oof-FEE-choh KAHM-byoh kwee vee-CHEE-noh?
How much is the dollar worth today? Quanto vale il dollaro oggi? KWAHN-toh VAH-leh eel DOHL-lah-reh OHD-jee?
Do you need my passport? Ha bisogno del passaporto? ah bee-ZOH-nyoh dehl pahs-sah-POHR-toh?
Where do I sign? Dove firmo? DOH-veh FEER-mah?

TIME AND TIME EXPRESSIONS

What time is it? Che ora è? keh OH-rah eh?
It's one o'clock. È l'una. eh LOO-nah
·noon. ·mezzogiorno. mehd-dzoh-JOHR-noh
·midnight. ·mezzanotte. mehd-zah-NOHT-teh
It's 2:00. Sono le due. SOH-noh leh DOO-eh
·2:15. ·le due e un quarto. ·leh DOO-eh eh oon KWAHR-toh
·2:30. ·le due e mezzo. ·leh DOO-eh eh MEHD-zoh
·2:45. ·le due e tre quarti. ·leh DOO-eh eh treh KWAHR-tee
·2:50. ·le tre meno dieci. ·leh treh MEH-noh DYEH-chee
·3:10. ·le tre e dieci. ·leh treh eh DYEH-chee
five minutes ago cince minuti fa CHEEN-kweh mee-NOO-tee fah
in a half hour fra mezz'ora frah mehdz OH-rah
before 9:00 A.M. prima della nove di mattina PREE-mah DEHL-leh NOH-veh dee maht-TEE-nah
after 8:00 P.M. dopo le otto di sera DOH-poh leh OHT-toh dee SEH-rah
since 3:00 P.M. dalle tre del pomeriggio DAHL-leh treh dehl poh-meh-REED-joh
When does it begin? Quando comincia? KWAHN-doh koh-MEEN-chah?
He came on time. È arrivato in orario. eh ahr-ree-VAH-toh een oh-RAH-ryoh
·early. ·in anticipo. ·een ahn-TEE-cee-poh
·late. ·in ritardo. ·een ree-TAHR-doh


PAYING THE BILL

The bill, please. Il conto, por favore. eel KOHN-toh pehr fah-VOH-reh
How much do I owe you? Quanto Le devo? KWAHN-toh leh DEH-voh?
Is service included? Il servizio è incluso? eel sehr-VEE-tsyoh eh een-KOO-soh?
This is for you. Questo è per Lei. KWEH-stoh eh pehr ley

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