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  • Buongiorno = Good morning. ***Not "Ciao," which is only used informally.

  • Buona Sera = Good evening. ***Not "Ciao"

  • Salve = Hello. ***Not "Ciao"

  • Arrevaderci = Goodbye. ****Not "Ciao" (Sounds like "areeve-derCHI")

  • Ciao = Hey. ***Only proper if you know the person to whom you are speaking. (Sounds like "CHIao")

  • A dopo. = See you later.

  • Va bene / OK = OK

  • Posso avere _________, per favore? = Can I have _________, please?

  • Posso vedere _________, per favore? = Can I see _________, please?

  • Vorrei comprare _________. = I would like to buy _________.

  • Sto cercando _________. Dov'è? = I am looking for _________. Where is it? (Sounds like "Stoh CHEr-Kando _________. Dove-E?")

  • Ho bisogno di aiuto. = I need help. (Sounds like "Oh bi-zo-no dee aee-yuto.")

  • Vorrei mangiare. = I would like to eat. (The "g" in mangiare is pronounced like the 2nd "g" in garage, not the first "g.")

  • Io ho fame. = I am hungry. (Sounds like "Ee-oh Oh famE.")

  • Vorrei bere. = I would like to drink.

  • Io sono assetato/a (*masculine/feminine). = I am thirsty.

  • Io sono pronto/a (*masculine/feminine). = I am ready.

  • Io sono stanco/a (*masculine/feminine). = I am tired. (Sounds like "Ee-oh sono stan-Koh.")

  • acqua = water. (Sounds like "aK-wah")

  • tè = tea

  • un biglietto = a ticket. (Sounds like "oon bee-lee-et-toh")

  • un caffè = a coffee or a coffee shop. (Sounds like "oon Kah-fe")

  • nero = black

  • il zucchero = the sugar. (Sounds like "il zoo-Ker-oh")

  • il lattè = the milk

  • il vino = the wine

  • rosso = red

  • bianco = white

  • prosecco = sparkling. (Sounds like "pro-se-Koh")

  • la cena = the dinner. (Sounds like "la CHE-nah")

  • il conto = the receipt or check. (Sounds like "il Kon-toh")

  • buono/a = good, used to describe a particular object. “The meal was good.”

  • bene = good, used to describe a state of being. “I feel good.”

  • male = bad, used both to describe a particular object, and also a state of being. "The meal was bad" and "I feel bad."

  • il hotel = the hotel. (Sounds like "il Oh-tel")

  • il treno = the train

  • il aereo = the airplane. (Sounds like "il ah-eh-reh-oh")

  • la barca = the boat. (Sounds like "la bar-Kah")

  • il vaporetto = the ferry boat (as such in Venice, Italy)

  • la machina = the car. (Sounds like "la mah-Kee-nah")

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