Now let’s learn some basic Italian conversation. This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself, as well as simple words and phrases like yes, no, excuse me and I don’t understand. Learn these and you’ll be ready to conduct short conversations in Italian.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Italian“.

Basic Italian words & phrases: conversations

How to Introduce Yourself in Italian

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Basic conversation

please / you’re welcome
per piacere
prego or figurati

you’re very welcome
sei veramente il benvenuto
thank you
thank you very much
grazie mille
Excuse me!
Mi scusi!


I understand.
I don’t understand.
Non capisco.
Hello? (on the phone) / I beg your pardon?
What does that mean?
Cosa significa?
I don’t know.
non lo so
I don’t speak Polish.
Non parlo Polacco.
I speak a little Polish.
Parlo poco Polacco.
Do you speak English? (informal)
Parli Inglese?
Do you speak English? (formal)
Lei parla Inglese?
Yes, I do speak English.
Si, parlo inglese.
No, I don’t speak English.
No, non parlo inglese.

Making acquaintances

Please talk more slowly!
Parla più piano perfavore!
Nice to meet you!
Piacere di conoscerti!
How are you?
Come stai?
Good, thank you!
Bene, grazie!
I’m well, thanks!
Sto bene, grazie!
Not bad, thanks!
Non male, grazie!
very bad
molto male
What’s your name?
Come ti chiami?
My name is [...].
mi chiamo
What’s your first name?
Qual'e il tuo nome?
My first name is [...]
Il mio nome è […].
How old are you?
Quanti anni hai?
I’m [...] years old.
Ho […] anni.
What are your hobbies?
Quali sono i tuoi hobby?
What do you like doing?
Cosa ti piace fare?
What are you doing (at the moment)?
Cosa stai facendo adesso?
Where do you live?
Dove abiti?
I live in [...].
Vivo a […].
I’m from England
Vengo dall'Inghilterra.
I’m English
Sono Inglese.

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