Italian Words and Phrases
|grazie||“grahtsyeh”||thank you, thanks|
|molte grazie||“mohlteh grahtsyeh”||thanks a lot|
|grazie mille||“grahtsyeh myhlleh”||a thousand thanks|
|prego||“prehgoh”||you are welcome|
The verb ringraziare (to thank) is also often used in expressions of thanks:
INFORMAL ti ringrazio = I thank you FORMAL la ringrazio = I thank you INFORMAL / FORMAL vi ringrazio = I thank you, plural person
It is always polite to answer prego when being thanked.
In Italian, thanks is used more sparingly than in English, usually only in situations
where there is a real reason for being thankful (doing a favour, lending a hand,
giving an information, etc.). You will seldom be thanked for something which you are expected
to do, like paying a bill, or similar duties.
|per favore||“pehr fahvohreh”||please|
|per piacere||“pehr pyahchehreh”||please|
Both expressions are equivalent.
They are used either at the beginning of the sentence or at the end.
EXCUSE ME / SORRY
|scusi, …||“skwsy”||excuse me, …|
|mi scusi, …||“myh skwsy”||excuse me, …|
|chiedo scusa, …||“kyehdoh skwsah”||excuse me, …|
|mi scusi||“myh skwsy”||sorry|
|mi dispiace||“myh dyspyahcheh”||I’m sorry|
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