To ask for help in Italian

How do you translate the expression to ask for help in Italian?

In this lesson, we’ll take a look at this very expression, also known as collocation, and we will even talk about what kind of different “helps” there are in Italian.

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To ask for help in Italian

First of all, let’s translate to ask for help in Italian.

Chiedere aiuto
To ask for help

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To ask for help in Italian – Let’s break it down!

Chiedere aiuto can literally be translated as to ask help.

To ask

Help, aid

Chiedere aiuto can also be translated as to call for help, but this is more commonly translated as chiamare aiuto, “to call help”.

Ho chiesto aiuto ad Andrea.
I asked Andrea for help.

Chiedere is a verb of the second -ere group. Its indicativo presente conjugation is as follows.

lui, leichiede

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Chiedere is a very versatile verb in Italian and you will find it in other collocations with “to ask”. Here are a few:

Chiedere scusa
To say sorry

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Chiedere conferma
To ask for confirmation

Chiedere asilo
To seek asylum

For example, you can say:

L’alunno chiede scusa alla maestra.
The pupil apologizes to the teacher.

Abbiamo chiesto asilo presso un convento di suore.
We sought asylum at a nunnery.

Ho chiamato per chiedere conferma dell’appuntamento.
I called to ask for confirmation of the appointment.

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We said that the translation of to ask for help in Italian is chiedere aiuto. Aiuto is a masculine noun.

Un aiuto
A help

Degli aiuti
Some helps

The help

Gli aiuti
The helps

man helping another man walk

You can talk about aiuto economico, economic help/aid, when you lend people money to help cover a debt.

Ho chiesto un aiuto economico ai miei genitori per coprire le spese universitarie.
I asked my parents for economic help to cover university expenses.

Another popular kind of “help” is aiuto umanitario, humanitarian aid.

Molte organizzazioni stanno inviando aiuti umanitari nelle zone colpite dal terremoto.
Many organizations are sending humanitarian aid to the areas affected by the earthquake.

To ask for help in Italian – Examples

Ho chiesto aiuto a Marco per spostare i mobili.
I asked Marco for help moving the furniture.

Luca chiede sempre aiuto a Sofia per i compiti di matematica.
Luca always asks Sofia for help with math homework.

Alessia chiederà aiuto a Matteo per imparare a suonare la chitarra.
Alessia will ask Matteo for help learning to play the guitar.

Ho chiesto aiuto a Laura la settimana scorsa per scegliere un vestito.
Last week, I asked Laura for help choosing a dress.

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