Italian phrasebook

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Italian (italiano) is the official language of Italy and San Marino, and one of the four official languages of Switzerland, spoken mainly in the cantons of Ticino and Grigioni. It is a co-official language in Istria, a coastal region of Slovenia and Croatia. Furthermore, it is the primary language of the Vatican City, where it is co-official with Latin, and is widely used and understood in Monaco, Corsica, Malta, Albania, and Romania. It is also used outside of Europe in parts of Libya and Somalia.
In most of the touristy resorts along Italy, English and German are widely spoken, but in any part of Italy, it will hold you in good stead to know at least basic phrases of polite Italian and not to assume that whoever you are speaking with will know your language.
If you speak Spanish or even Portuguese, be careful as there are a lot of words that look and sound almost the same in these languages but convey very different meanings: for example, Spanish guardar ("to store, shelve") vs. Italian guardare ("to see, watch"), Spanish salir ("to get out") vs. Italian salire ("to go up"), Spanish burro ("donkey") vs. Italian burro ("butter"), Spanish caldo ("soup") vs. Italian caldo ("hot") and Spanish aceite ("oil") vs Italian aceto ("vinegar").



Phrase list