How To Greet People In Italian: Beginner's Guide

avatarMille Larsen
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I've covered a lot of grammar already, as well as a lot of other useful things to know about Italian. But I have gone almost halfway into this year without touching on the basics from my list of the 10 most important things to know, to get by in any language... something I've already managed to start doing for Lithuanian, which isn't even this year's language!

So, before I waste any more time, I think I should get into some useful Italian words and phrases, starting with #1 on the list...

1. Greetings

Benvenuto! : Welcome!

Buongiorno. : Hello.

Salve! : Hello.

Ciao! : Hi!

Buongiorno. : Good day.

Buongiorno. : Good morning.

Buongiorno. : Good afternoon.

Buonasera. : Good evening.

Buona notte. : Good night.

Arrivederci. : Goodbye.

Ciao! : Bye!

Ci vediamo. : See you.

A più tardi. : See you later.


The first thing you should notice is that there are a lot of repeats. That actually makes Italian pretty easy. Buongiorno is used for good morning, good afternoon, and good day. Ciao works for both hi and bye. And so on.