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Italian Phrases





Greetings & Introductions


Hello!
Hi!
Good morning!
Good afternoon!
Good evening!
How are you? [formal]
How's it going?
I'm fine, thank you.
What is your name?
My name is...
Pleased to meet you!
Goodbye! [formal]
Goodbye! [informal]
See you soon!
Salve!
Ciao!
Buongiorno!
Buon pomeriggio!
Buonasera!
Come sta?
Come va?
Molto bene, grazie.
Come Lei si chiama?
Mio nome è...
Piacere!
ArrivederLa!
Arrivederci!
A presto!


Common Phrases

Here are some of the most commonly used phrases and idioms in the Italian language. Memorizing phrases such as these will go a long way toward improving your use of the language.


a destra
a sinistra
affinché
ciascuno
comunque
d'altra parte
d'ora in poi
di solito
ecco
fino a
frattempo
in distanza
in caso di
in ogni caso
in orario
in quel caso
in tempo
invece di
magari
mentre
nel caso che
nel corso di
nel frattempo
non si sa mai
oggi come oggi
ogni tanto
per la prima volta
poco dopo
prima di tutto
quindi
secondo
sempre che
solo
spesso
subito
tra poco
troppo
tutto d'un tratto
vale a dire
to the right
to the left
so that
each one
however
on the other hand
from now on
usually
here is; here are
until
meanwhile
in the distance
in case of
at any rate; in any case
on time
in that case
soon enough
instead of
perhaps
while
in the event that
throughout the course of
in the meantime
just in case
nowadays
from time to time
for the first time
soon after
first of all
therefore
according to
provided that
only
often
right away
in a little while
too much
all at once
that is to say


Expressions with "avere"

Here are some common idiomatic expressions used with the verb "avere":


avere bisogno di
avere caldo
avere fame
avere freddo
avere fretta
avere paura
avere ragione
avere sete
avere sonno
avere torto
avere vergogna
avere voglia di

to need
to be hot
to be hungry
to be cold
to be in a hurry
to be afraid
to be right
to be thirsty
to be sleepy
to be wrong
to be ashamed
to feel like


Expressions with "fare"

Here are some common idiomatic expressions used with the verb "fare":


fare a meno
fare attenzione
fare senza
fare una domanda a
fare una passeggiata

to do without
to pay attention to
to pretend
to do without
to ask a question
to go for a walk


Expressions with "stare"

Here are some common idiomatic expressions used with the verb "stare":


stare attento
stare bene
stare calmo
stare fermo
stare per
stare zitto
to be careful
to be well
to stay calm
to stay still
to be about to
to be quiet