Monday, June 2, 2014

Learning Italian with Incantato Tours

For a lot of people Italian is the most beautiful living language there is. Every word ends in a vowel and it practically begs to be stuck into a romantic sonnet. The sound is just so melodic and soothing.

Since the Phoenix Girls Chorus is going to embark on their 2014 Italy Performance Tour with Incantato Tours, we thought knowing some Italian vocabulary for their free time when they are without their tour guide might be a good idea.

Please find below some common greetings:
  • Buongiorno! (bwohn-johr-noh) = Hello! and Good morning!
  • Arrivederci! (ahr-ree-veh-dehr-chee) = Goodbye! 
  • Ciao! (chou) = Hello! and Good-bye! 
  • Buonasera! (bwoh-nah-seh-rah) = Good afternoon! Good evening!
  • Buonanotte! (bwoh-nah-noht-teh) = Good night!
  • Come si chiama? (koh-meh see kyah-mah) = What is your name?
  • Mi chiamo…(mee kyah-moh) = My name is...
  • Come sta? (koh-meh stah) = How are you?) 
  • Bene, grazie. (beh-neh grah-tsee-eh) = Fine, thank you.

Courtesy is important no matter what country you are in. Use these courtesy phrases below when speaking in Italian so you can be considerate and polite:
  • Per favore (pehr fah-voh-reh) = Please
  • Grazie (grah-tsee-eh) = Thank you
  • Prego! (preh-goh) = You're welcome/ by all means/ after you
  • Mi dispiace (mee dees-pyah-cheh) = I'm sorry
  • Mi scusi (mee skooh-zee) = Excuse me (formal)
  • Scusi, un informazione, per favore. (skooh-zee oohn-een-fohr-mats-yoh-neh pehr fah-voh-reh) = Excuse me, I need some information, please.
  • Permesso? (pehr-mehs-soh) = Excuse me — when walking through a crowded train compartment/ "May I come in?" when crossing the threshold of someone's house
  • Sì (see) = Yes
  • No (noh) = No
To communicate in Italian and to travel with ease, there are practical questions in Italian that you'll use daily and it comes handy to know:
  • Chi? (kee) = Who?
  • Cosa? (koh-sah) = What?
  • Quando? (kwahn-doh) = When?
  • Dove? (doh-veh) = Where?
  • Perché? (pehr-keh) = Why?
  • Come? (koh-meh) = How?
  • Quanto? (kwanh-toh) = How much?
  • Dov'è la stazione? (doh-veh lah stah-tsyoh-neh) = Where is the station?
  • Scusi, dov'è il bagno? (skooh-zee doh-veh eel bahn-yoh) = Where is the bathroom?
  • Come si arriva in...? (koh-meh see ahr-ree-vah een pyahts-sah dehl-lah reh-pooh-blee-kah) = How do you get to...?
  • Parla inglese? (pahr-lah een-gleh-zeh) (Do you speak English?)

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