Basic Italian travel phrases

Basic Italian travel phrases

Everyone who’s come to Italy once in his life, has surely noticed that many Italians don’t have a good command of English. So, knowing and understanding at least some basic Italian travel phrases might be very useful for you if you ever decide to come and visit Italy. For this reason, today I’m going to list some very basic Italian travel phrases that you can use during your staying in Italy. ASKING FOR EXPLANATIONS These simple sentences are very useful when you don’t understand immediately what an Italian is saying. You can use different types of sentences. The choice is…

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The meanings of the Italian words magari and infatti

Magari and infatti are two common Italian words that Italians use daily. But these two words do not have only one meaning and can be used in different ways. Do you think you know all the meanings of these two Italian words and how to use them? If not, keep reading because today you’ll learn how to use magari and infatti. MAGARI Magari can have different meanings in Italian. In course books some of these meanings are taught sooner, some others, instead, are taugth at intermediate or advanced levels. However, if you happen to have an Italian language partner, you’ll…

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Six Italian words with opposite meanings

Six Italian words with opposite meanings

How proficient are you in Italian? Did you know that there are some Italian words with opposite meanings? Nope? Well, today you’ll learn six Italian words with opposite meanings. 1. TIRARE Tirare is a very common Italian verb that carries two opposite meanings. Indeed, tirare can mean both to exert force to move something toward yourself, and to exert force to move something away from yourself. Examples: Se continui a tirare la maniglia, si staccherà If you keep pulling the door handle, it will come off Lucia ha tirato un sasso alla finestra Lucia threw a stone at the window…

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How to get a haircut in Italy

How to get a haircut in Italy

If you live in Italy for a while, sooner or later, you’ll need a haircut. So, what are the steps to follow to get a haircut in Italy? And what are the main Italian words and sentences you need to know to survive at the hairdresser’s in Italy? PARRUCCHIERE OR BARBIERE? If you want to get a haircut in Italy, the first thing you need to know is the difference between parrucchiere and barbiere. The difference is pretty smple: parrucchiere is usually for both women and men, while barbiere is just for men. MAKING AN APPOINTMENT In some hair salons,…

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Renting a car in Italy – Useful sentences

Renting a car in Italy

What if you are in Italy and decide to rent a car to visit small Italian villages? The majority of car rentals in big cities generally have employees who speak English. So you usually don’t need to worry about your knowledge of Italian when renting a car in Italy. However, just in case, I’m going to list here some of the most useful Italian sentences you can use when renting a car in Italy. ENTERING A CAR RENTAL IN ITALY When entering a car rental in Italy you usually get right to the point: Buongiorno, vorrei noleggiare una macchina Hello,…

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