Start learning the most common Italian phrases

Italian is a fascinating and melodic language that is thought to be the most musical language in the world. So, why not learn a few basic Italian phrases and expressions to enhance your general knowledge and become happier in the process?

There’s an infinite number of sentences in the Italian language that make learning Italian feel overwhelming. Let's stay optimistic. We have some good news: you only need to know a fraction of the total number of Italian sentences to be able to speak Italian fluently. For example, by knowing as little as 100 words you will understand 50% of any text in Italian. That's right! You don't have to know the ins and outs of Italian to have a real conversation with someone from Italy.

The secret is to learn Italian the smart way. Start with the most common Italian phrases and expressions and build from there. Learning sentence after sentence, you’ll feel one step closer to fluency. Then, to lock the knowledge in, use the Italian sentences you learned in real conversations. So, why not make the first step towards learning Italian today? Let’s go over some common sentences in Italian you can learn right now. These are just a fraction of the phrases spoken by native Italian speakers you can listen to on Mondly, our high rated language learning app loved by millions of people around the world.

Top 10 Italian phrases and sentences you need to know

We have prepared a list of common Italian expressions that will help you have a basic conversation in Italian in no time. Let's dig in!

1. Buongiorno. = Good morning.

If you find yourself in Venice it is always polite to say “Hi” every morning because Italian speakers are really sociable. “Good morning” in Italian is "Buongiorno".

Now enjoy being greeted by a native speaker:

Buongiorno.

2. Buon pomeriggio. = Good afternoon.

But what if it's later in the day and you want to greet someone from Rome? Well, “Good afternoon” in Italian is "Buon pomeriggio".

Now listen to how an Italian speaker would pronounce it:

Buon pomeriggio.

3. Mi chiamo Mondly. = My name is Mondly.

Let's say your name is Mondly, you are traveling to Rome and meet someone on the street. To introduce yourself you can say "Mi chiamo Mondly" which means "My name is Mondly" in Italian.

Listen to how a person from Milan would pronounce this phrase:

Mi chiamo Mondly.

4. Piacere di conoscerti. = I'm pleased to meet you.

Now that you have introduced yourself, an Italian speaker would respond "Piacere" which means "I'm pleased to meet you" in Italian.

Listen to a native Italian speaker saying that exact sentence to you right now:

Piacere di conoscerti.

5. Come stai? = How are you?

At this point, it might be polite to ask the person you are having a conversation with "How are you?" in Italian.

It’s really easy to pronounce. Here's how to say it:

Come stai?

6. Dove sei? = Where are you?

Italian speakers are known to be really friendly, so it wouldn't be unusual to make an Italian friend during your travels. But friends are sometimes late to meetings in which case you might have to call them and ask "Where are you?" in Italian.

Here's a native speaker showing you how to say it:

Dove sei?

7. Vorrei una birra. = I'd like a beer.

And because you might find yourself in a bar when visiting Italy you might have to learn how to order a beer in Italian.

Let a native Italian speaker show you how it's done:

Vorrei una birra.

8. Mi dispiace. = I'm sorry.

There are times when what you ordered is out of stock, so a bartender might say "Mi dispiace" which means "I'm sorry" in Italian.

Listen to how it's pronounced:

Mi dispiace.

9. A presto! = See you soon!

This is a good way of saying "See you soon" in Italian to a co-worker from Rome that you are probably going to see the next day.

Delight your senses with an Italian speaker saying the phrase:

A presto!

10. Arrivederci. = Good-bye.

Let's end with the best way to end a pleasant conversation politely. This is another way of saying "Goodbye" in Italian.

Here's how a person from Italy would pronounce it:

Arrivederci.
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Did you know?

Some of the most popular quotes in history are Italian. This shouldn't come as a surprize especially because of the importance of Italy on the global scene for hundreds of years.

One of the most popular Italian quotes comes from Galileo Galilei. The renowned Italian scientist, philosopher and mathematician is famous for being the first to claim that the Earth moves around the Sun and not the way around. In 1633, his theory was considered outrageous, but Galileo continued to fight for the cause even on his dying bed. The legend says that just before he passed away, he said 3 words that would become extremely popular to this day: “Eppur si mouve”. In translation, it means “And yet it moves”, a sentence that today is associated with the pursuit of scientific facts rather than popular, unproven believes.

While this next quote is Latin, we can consider it an Italian legacy. It is one of the most famous expressions in the world and it is attributed to the Roman Emperor, Julius Caesar. In 47 BC, Caesar presumably said “Veni, vidi, vici.” after a battle he won. This sentence has been quoted for centuries in entertainment, art, music and literature to express dominance and it means “I came, I saw, I conquered.”

The benefits of learning the most common Italian phrases first

Get smarter day by day

Learning a new language is a perfect way to boost your IQ. In no time, your brain will make new connections and associations and you’ll feel that learning Italian was one of the best choices you ever made.

Have real conversations in Italian today

Once you start learning a few basic sentences in Italian you will have the knowledge to start your first Italian conversation. That’s why, at Mondly, we’ve created experiences that simulate real life conversations to get you speaking Italian in no time.

Become fluent in Italian quicker

Starting with the basics, we quickly lay a foundation for you to learn more complex Italian phrases and sentences. We gradually build your Italian knowledge so you get fluent faster than you could imagine.

Feel how easy to learn the Italian language can be

Every language experience should start gradually, from the easiest to the more complex concepts. Starting with the easiest and most common Italian phrases, you will feel confident in your ability to learn a new language. That’s one of the core principles Mondly is built on.