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Knowing just a few key words and phrases can be very helpful in your Italian classes, while traveling in Italy, and everywhere in between.

Here are some general terms; please see the list at the end for more specific vocabulary.

Communication Issues

Do you speak English?   Parla inglese? (formal)
    Parli inglese? (informal)
I speak (a little) Italian.   Parlo un po d’italiano.
What?   Cosa?
I don’t understand.   Non capisco.
Repeat, please.   Puoi ripetere, per favore. (formal)
    Può ripetere, per favore. (informal)
More slowly.   Più lentamente.
One more time.   Un’altra volta.
I have a problem.   Ho un problema.


What does ___ mean?   Cosa significa ___?
How do you say ___ in Italian?   Come si dice ___ in italiano?
How do you spell (write) that?   Come si scrive?

Questions and Answers

I have a question.   Ho una domanda.
I don’t know.   Non lo so.
who   chi
what   che
when   quando
where   dove
why   perché
how   come
no   no
OK   va bene
and / or   e / o

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