24 common Italian phrases for small talk

Learn the most common Italian phrases for small talk in this lesson.

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Sì. No.
Yes. No.

Per favore.
Please

Per piacere.
Please

Grazie.
Thanks.

Grazie mille.
Thank you very much.
Literally: Thank you thousand.

Prego.
You’re welcome.

Non c’è di che.
No problem.
Literally: There’s nothing to [thank for].

Figurati.
No problem. (informal)

common Italian phrases for small talk
Figurati!
No problem!

Si figuri.
No problem. (formal)

Mi scusi.
Excuse me. (formal)

Mi puoi dire…?
Can you tell me…? (informal)

Mi può dire…?
Can you tell me…? (formal)

Mi dispiace.
I’m sorry.

Non parlo italiano.
I don’t speak Italian.

Parlo poco l’italiano.
I barely speak Italian.

Parli inglese?
Do you speak English? (informal)

Parla inglese?
Do you speak English? (formal)

common Italian phrases for small talk
Parla inglese?
Do you speak English?

Non capisco.
I don’t understand.

Puoi ripetere, per favore?
Can you repeat that, please? (informal)

Può ripetere, per favore?
Can you repeat that, please? (formal)

Non lo so.
I don’t know.

Come si dice … in italiano?
How do you say … in Italian?

Puoi parlare più lentamente, per favore?
Can you speak more slowly, please? (informal)

Può parlare più lentamente, per favore?
Can you speak more slowly, please? (formal)


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