How exactly do you say call me in Italian? What is more appropriate to ask depending on the relationship between you and the other person?
In this lesson, we will take a look at the different ways you can translate this sentence into Italian. Read on to learn them all!
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How do you say call me in Italian?
Chiamami is how you say call me in Italian when you are addressing only one person who you know well and are on familiar terms with, such as a friend or a relative.
Call me! (singular, informal)
This common sentence in Italian is made up of two elements.
Imperative “you” form of chiamare, to call
Object pronoun “me”
Chiamami prima di cena.
Call me before dinner.
Se ci sono problemi, chiamami a qualsiasi ora.
If there are any problems, call me at any time.
Chiama is the second-person singular conjugation of chiamare, to call, in the imperative mood.
Imperative mood conjugation of chiamare
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For example, you could say…
Chiama la polizia, Enrico!
Call the police, Enrico!
Qualcuno chiami un’ambulanza, presto!
Someone call an ambulance, quick!
Now, how do you say call me in Italian to groups of people? You will need to conjugate the imperative verb in the second person plural. Let’s see what this form is in the next paragraph.
Chiamatemi is how you translate call me in Italian when you are addressing more than one person. It doesn’t matter if these people are your bosses at work or friends of yours. You will use this form in both formal and informal contexts.
Call me! (plural)
Italian, unlike English, has two forms of “you”. There’s a singular “you” (tu) and then there’s a plural “you” (voi). If you are addressing a group, you must conjugate any verb or pronoun accordingly.
If you take a closer look at the conjugation table above, you will see that the conjugation for the subject pronoun voi is chiamate. To this conjugation, you need to add the object pronoun mi. So we will say chiamatemi!
Chiamatemi domani mattina.
Call me tomorrow morning.
Now, how do you say call me in Italian when you want to be polite? Read on to find out!
Polite: Mi chiami!
If you are just visiting Italy and often meet new people, unless you both agree to use the informal pronoun tu, you will have to stick to the polite pronoun Lei when talking to other adults and people you are not familiar with. With children, it’s customary to use tu regardless of familiarity.
This is the equivalent of she in English. Basically, when speaking formally, Italians address each other with the subject “she”, lei.
What’s the imperative conjugation of the verb chiamare for the subject pronoun lei? Chiami.
That said, how do you formally ask someone to call you in Italian?
Call me! (polite)
For example, you could say…
Signor Rossi, mi chiami poco prima di cominciare la riunione.
Mr. Rossi, call me just before the meeting starts.
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