How exactly do you say kiss me in Italian? What’s 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 only one 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 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 very much.
Are you wondering why the direct object pronoun is appended to the verb? Learn how direct object pronouns in Italian work here.
Bacia is the second person singular conjugation of baciare, to kiss, in the imperative mood.
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 to 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)
Italian has two kinds of “you”, unlike English. There’s a singular “you” (tu) and then there’s a plural “you” (voi). If you are addressing a group, you will need to conjugate any verb or pronoun accordingly.
If you take a closer look at the conjugation table above, you will notice that the conjugation for the subject pronoun voi is baciate. To this conjugation, you will need to append the direct object pronoun mi. This is why we will say baciateMI (and baciateVI in one of the examples above)!
This form, however, is not commonly used. When 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? Keep on reading to find out!
Polite: Mi baci!
If you are just visiting Italy and often meet new people, unless you both agree on using the informal pronoun tu you will have to stick to the polite pronoun Lei when talking to other adults and people you are not on familiar terms with. With kids, it’s customary to use tu, no matter the degree 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 are now inserting the direct object pronoun before the verb, and as a word of its own, read the ultimate guide on Italian direct object pronouns!)
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That said, how do you formally ask for a kiss in Italian?
Kiss me! (polite)
As you probably guess, this is not really appropriate to use. You shouldn’t use its polite variant either, 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 it, now you know how to say kiss me in Italian in all its forms!
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