How exactly do you say kiss 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 kiss me in Italian?
Baciami is how you translate kiss me in Italian when you are addressing a person that you know well and are on familiar terms with, such as your boyfriend or girlfriend.
Kiss me! (singular, informal)
This common sentence in Italian is made up of two elements.
Imperative “you” form of baciare, to kiss
Direct object pronoun “me”
Kiss me, love.
Andrea, baciami. Mi sei mancato molto.
Andrea, kiss me. I have missed you so much.
Are you wondering why the direct object pronoun is attached to the verb? Learn how direct object pronouns in Italian work here.
Bacia is the second-person singular imperative conjugation of baciare, to kiss.
Imperative mood conjugation of baciare
For example, you could say…
Bacia la mano del re!
Kiss the king’s hand!
Viva gli sposi! Baciatevi!
Long live the bride and groom! Kiss each other!
An alternative that’s more appropriate between relatives (such as a grandma and her niece) is dammi un bacio, literally give me a kiss, from the verb dare, to give.
Dammi un bacio!
Give me a kiss! (singular, informal)
Now, what do you have to say to say kiss 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.
Baciatemi is how you translate kiss me in Italian when you are addressing more than one person.
Kiss me! (plural)
In Italian, unlike English, there are two kinds 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 baciate. To this conjugation, you need to add the direct object pronoun mi. So we will say baciateMI (and baciateVI in one of the examples above)!
However, this form is not commonly used. If you want your nephews, nieces or children to kiss you on your cheek, it’s more common to say…
Datemi un bacio!
Give me a kiss! (plural)
Now, how do you say kiss me in Italian when you want to be polite? Read on to find out!
Polite: Mi baci!
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 formal pronoun Lei when talking to other adults and people you are not on familiar terms 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 baciare for the subject pronoun lei? Baci.
(If you have trouble understanding why we put the direct object pronoun before the verb, read the ultimate guide on Italian direct object pronouns!)
That said, how do you formally ask for a kiss in Italian?
Kiss me! (polite)
As you can probably guess, this is not really appropriate to use. You also shouldn’t use its polite variant, mi dia un bacio, give me a kiss, unless you want to sound very rude.
Mi dia un bacio!
Give me a kiss! (polite)
And that’s the end of our lesson on how to say kiss me in Italian in all its forms!
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