Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tempo di's time to travel!

Everyone's traveling to bella Italia!  Some of my students are looking to learn some basic conversational words and phrases. Here is a particularly catchy summer time song by Edoardo Vianello. Enjoy!

I came up with the following quick study:

Good day, good afternoon 
Buongiorno, buonagiornata
Good evening          Buonasera, buonaserata
Good night               Buonanotte

Saying hello
Hello   (formal, in a store, meeting a stranger)             Salve
Hi   (informal)                                          Ciao

Meeting People
I would like you [pl.] to meet Mr & Mrs. …  
Vorrei presentarvi i signori...

I introduce you to…my wife/ husband/ daughters 
Le presento mia moglie/ mio marito/  le mie figlie
My name is…                            
Mi chiamo…
It’s a great pleasure                 
Molto piacere   or  tanto piacere
The pleasure is mine     Il piacere è mio

Welcome! [pl.]              Benvenuti

Good bye (polite)                Arrivederci   or   ArrivederLa
Good bye   (informal)                    Ciao

We’ll see each other soon          Ci vediamo a presto
We’ll see each next time            Ci vediamo la prossima volta   or 
Another time                              A più tardi

No                             No
Please                       Per favore   per piacere
Thank you (very much)      Grazie (mille)
You’re welcome         Prego
Repeat?                    Prego?
Take a seat               Prego, si accomodi…  Vi Accommodate [pl.], prego
After you                   Prego
May I come in?          Prego

I’m sorry (e.g. for bumping you, an apology)              Mi scusi   (polite)
Excuse me…(ask directions)?                         Mi scusi   (polite)
I’m sorry (you lost your dog/missed your flight)            Mi dispiace            
Excuse me (e.g. squeezing by in a crowd)                 Permesso

How long are you (formal) here for?               
                           Quanto tempo si fermerà?
We’re here on vacation                             
                            Stiamo qui in vacanza
That’s great                      Bene
Fantastic                          Fantastico
Hey!                                 Uei!
How’s it going?                 Come va?                          
What’s up [informal]?              Cosa mi racconti?
Is everything OK?             Tutto a posto?   Tutto va bene?
Everything’s [I’m] fine       Sto bene    Va bene
There’s a strike                 C’è [uno] sciopero

What time is it?                                 Che ore sono?
It’s noon.                                          È mezzogiorno
It’s one o’clock                                  È l’una
It’s two o’clock                                 Sono le due,  le tre,  le diciotto e mezza [18,30]
What time does the...leave?                     
A che ora parte….
  boat--la nave    train--il treno    bus—l’autobus    airplane--l’aeroplano

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