Helpful Italian Phrases while in Florence

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  1. Florence being an international city and almost everyone is able to speak a bit of English. It is always good to keep some phrases in your back pocket to try to use the language. Italians are always happy to hear a foreigner speaking their language. As I tell my students, if you are able to communicate you have conquered one barrier. As you might not pronounce the words correctly it is important to just try.

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    Italian phrases can be useful when you travel.

    Ciao! = Hello and Goodbye (informal)
    Salve! = Hello (formal)
    Arrivederci = Goodbye (formal)
    Come stai? = How are you? (informal)
    Come sta? = How are you? (formal)
    Grazie! = Thank you!
    Grazie Mille! = Thanks a million!
    Prego = Your welcome
    Dov`e` il bagno? = Where is the bathroom?
    Dove…? =Where is…?
    Non lo so. = I don’t know.
    Si = Yes
    No = No (easy!)
    Forse = Maybe
    Sono americana/o. = I am American (ending in an “a” is female, in an “o” is male)
    Non ho capito. = I don’t understand.

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    Try and speak the language, it is always welcome.

    Vabene = Ok
    Per favore = Please
    Mi scusi = Excuse me (formal)
    Mi dispiace = I’m sorry
    Non importa = It doesn’t matter
    Buon giorno = Good Morning
    Buona sera = Good Evening
    Buona notte = Good Night
    These phrases and greetings, I suggest memorizing, if only to use a few when you are in Florence. Speaking Italian while in Italy will be a challenge but a courtesy to locals who hear English all the time. Don’t fret, give it a try! :)
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