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Italian Lessons for Beginners: Greetings

Italian Lessons for Beginners: Greetings

Italian Lessons for Beginners: Greetings

Are you currently studying Italian and are you a beginner?

Have you already learned some irregular verbs and useful phrases?

Greetings are also very important, so make sure to lear also the most common Italian greetings!

Italians are very polite people and also very educated, so if you want to make a good first impression make sure to always greet them and don't forget about kissing them on the cheeks!

How to say hello and goodbye in Italian

1. Ciao - Hi / Bye

I bet you've heard ciao before and I am almost 100% sure you know what it means! Something you probably don't know yet, is that ciao is quite an informal way of greeting in Italian. You can also use it as a way of saying goodbye, again the context is normally informal.

2. Salve - Hello / Goodbye

Salve is a formal way of greeting a person. You can use it when you enter a shop, a bar, when you see your neighbour, when you talk to you teacher/professor and etc.

3. Buongiorno - Good morning / Good Afternoon

Buongiorno is one of the most used greetings in Italy and you can use it both as good morning and good afternoon. In Italy people always say buongiorno, even if they don't know each other because it's just a polite way of greeting someone - the bus driver, the shop assistant and etc. When leaving you can still use buongiorno but you can also say buona giornata, which means "have a nice day".

4. Buonasera - Good evening.

Buonasera means good evening and in most of Italy it's used after 2pm. If you want to wish someone a nice evening, you can say buona serata.

5. Buonanotte - Good night.

To wish someone a good night, you can say buonanotte. Sogni d'oro is used to wish sweet dreams.

6. Arrivederci - Goodbye.

When leaving, if you want to be a bit more formal, you can use arrivederci instead of ciao.

7. A dopo - See you later.

A dopo is usually used when greeting friends, colleagues and family members that you plan to see later during the day.

8. A presto - See you soon.

When saying goodbye to someone and if you want to be polite it's always nice to say a presto.

9. Come stai? - How are you?

After saying hello to someone, it's always nice to ask come stai? and the answer you could receive is:

- Bene, grazie e tu? - Good, thanks and you?

- Molto bene! - All good!

- Così, così. - So, so.

10. Come va? - How is it going?

Another way of asking how someone is, is by using come va? and in response you might hear:

- Tutto a posto! - Everything is good! (literally everything is in place).

- Tutto bene! - All good!

How to introduce yourself & friends:

- Mi chiamo Antonia, piacere. - My name is Antonia, nice to meet you.

- Piacere - Nice to meet you / Pleasure to meet you

- Io sono Antonia, piacere. - I am Antonia, nice to meet you.

- Come ti chiami? - What's your name?

- Questa è la mia amica Luisa. - This is my friend Luisa.

- Ti presento il mio amico Federico. - I am presenting you my friend Federico.

Now that you've learned the most common Italian greetings, it's time to do some practice. Find out how to learn Italian online on your own with this step-by-step-guide

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