How do you say let’s go in Italian?

How exactly do you say let’s go in Italian?

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!

Let’s start! Iniziamo!

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How do you say let’s go in Italian?

Andiamo!

Pronunciation: Ahn-dee-ah-moh

Andiamo!
Let’s go!

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If you are familiar with Italian verb tenses, you will probably already know the present tense conjugation of the verb andare, meaning to go, shown below.

Present tense conjugation for andare

iovado
tuvai
lui, leiva
noiandiamo
voiandate
lorovanno

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For example, you could say:

I bambini vanno a scuola.
The children are going to school.

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Why did I highlight the noi (we) conjugation here? That’s because the Italian imperative for the first person plural “we” works a bit differently than English.

In English we say let us… go/eat/sleep/work. In Italian you just conjugate the verb in its imperative mood.

The imperative noi conjugation of any verb happens to match the noi present tense conjugation of that same verb. Take a look at the table below and see for yourself.

Imperative tense conjugation for andare

io
tuvai!
lui, leivada!
noiandiamo!
voiandate!
lorovadano!
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That’s why we translate let’s go in Italian as andiamo!

How do you distinguish between imperative and present tense? Context is key:

Mamma, andiamo al cinema. Torneremo verso mezzanotte.
Mom, we’re going to the movies. We’ll be back around midnight.

Andiamo al cinema, ragazzi!
Let’s go to the movies, guys!

In the first example, the speaker is telling their parents that they’ll be out for some time. The sentence conveys an information, not an order.

In the second sentence, the speaker makes a suggestion. The Italian verb is actually conjugated in the imperative mood here, which coincidentally matches the present tense conjugation of the same verb.

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Common sentences with let’s go in Italian

Let’s go is a very common imperative sentence in Italian. Let’s see what you can commonly hear during your vacation in Italy.

Andiamo a prendere un gelato!
Let’s go out for ice cream!

Andiamo al bar a bere una birra!
Let’s go to the bar to drink a beer!

Andiamo al mare questo weekend!
Let’s go to the beach this weekend!

And that’s it, now you know how to say let’s go in Italian in all its forms!


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