How do you say “Goodbye” in Italian? And “jacket”? What about “black, green, white” and all the other colors? If you want to learn the most common Italian words and phrases, you should definitely read this article! Here’s what you’ll discover:

  • Italian words and expressions used in everyday life;
  • Numbers in Italian;
  • Colours and shades in Italian;
  • Italian greetings;
  • Days of the week, months and season in Italian;
  • Clothes in Italian;
  • Music-related vocabulary in Italian;
  • How to learn Italian with Global General.

Eager to learn the most common Italian vocabulary? Read on!

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Italian Words and Expressions Used in Everyday Life

There are countless ways to learn Italian and one of them is learning the most common words and expressions. If you go to Italy, there are a few phrases you’ll hear every day, and you’d better understand what they mean! Here’s a list of the most common ones:

ItalianEnglish
Non fare rumore!Don’t be loud!
Mi raccomando, non fare troppo tardi!Please, don’t come home too late!
Fammi sapere quando vieni.Let me know when you come.
Ho dovuto fare la fila per mezz'ora.I had to wait in a queue for half an hour.
Non ci ho fatto caso.I didn’t notice it.
Non abbiamo ancora fatto pace.We are still not reconciled.
Abbiamo un sacco di tempo.We have a lot of time.
Non lo so, adesso chiedo a qualcuno.I don’t know, now I will ask someone.
Meno male che sei rimasto a casa.It’s better that you stayed at home.
In realtà, è la prima volta che sono in Italia.Actually, it is my first time in Italy.
Andiamo a fare un giro.Let’s go around (for a walk / ride).
Vado a fare la spesa.I am going to do the shopping.
Non posso fare a meno di te.I can’t stay without you.
Non vedo l’ora di tornare.I can’t wait to come back.
Non è importante, lascia stare.It is not important, let it go.
Devi stare zitto.You have to be silent.
D’accordo, vengo subito.Alright, I am coming right away.
Prendi quello che vuoi, per me è uguale.Take whatever you want, for me it’s the same.
Ne valeva la pena.It was worth it.
Non chiedere a lui, non c’entra niente.Don’t ask him, he has nothing to do with it.

Numbers in Italian

Numbers are vital when learning a language. If you go to Italy and someone asks you “Quanti anni hai?” (How old are you?), you need to know numbers.

NumberItalianEnglish
1unoone
2duetwo
3trethree
4quattrofour
5cinquefive
6seisix
7setteseven
8ottoeight
9novenine
10dieciten
11undicieleven
12dodicitwelve
13tredicithirteen
14quattordicifourteen
15quindicififteen
16sedicisixteen
17diciassetteseventeen
18diciottoeighteen
19diciannovenineteen

From 20 on, it becomes much simpler. You just put the numbers together with the tens. No spaces and no hyphens.

NumberItalianEnglish
2-ventitwenty
3-trentathirty
4-quarantafourty
5-cinquantafifty
6-sessantasixty
7-settantaseventy
8-ottantaeighty
9-novantaninety
100centohundred

Learning numbers might not be easy. However, improving your Italian pronunciation will certainly help you understant them easier. If you have any doubts about the pronunciation of the Italian numbers you can listen to audio recordings.

Colours and Shades in Italian

How do you say “blue” in Italian? And “green”? “Yellow”? Let’s find out all the colours and shades in Italian!

EnglishItaliano
ColourColore
WhiteBianco
YellowGiallo
RedRosso
GreenVerde
BlueBlu
Sky blueCeleste (blu chiaro)
AzureAzzurro
PinkRosa
VioletViola
OrangeArancione
BrownMarrone
GrayGrigio
OpaqueOpaco
BrightBrillante
TransparentTrasparente
LightChiaro
DarkScuro

A gift for you! Some Italian expressions with colours!

ItalianEnglish
Essere al verdeBeing broke
Mettere nero su biancoPut pen to paper
Dirne di tutti i coloriCall somebody every name under the sun
Diventare rossoTurn red (being embarrassed)
Passare una notte in biancoBeing up all night
Vedere tutto neroBeing pessimistic
Vedere tutto rosaBeing optimistic

Italian Greetings

One of the first things you need to learn in Italian is how to say “Hello”. Greetings are essential: they show that you are polite, nice and welcoming!

If you go to Italy, you’ll certainly need to use them. So, let’s discover Italian greetings!

ItalianEnglish
Ciao
Salve
Che piacere vederti!
Buon giorno!
Buona sera!
Buona notte!
Arrivederci!
A dopo!
A presto!
A domani!
A fra poco!
Hello (informal)
Hello (formal)
How nice to see you!
Good morning
Good evening!
Good night!
Goodbye!
See you later!
See you soon!
See you tomorrow!
See you in a bit!
Come stai?
Come sta?
How are you? (Informal)
How are you? (Formal
Sto bene! (I’m well!)
Molto bene, grazie. (Very well, thanks.)
Abbastanza bene, grazie. (Pretty well, thanks.)
Sto bene grazie, e tu?
Sto bene, grazie, e Lei?
Benissimo!
I’m well!
Very well, thanks.
Pretty well, thanks.
I’m well, thanks, and you? (Informal)
I’m well, thanks, and you? (Formal)
Great!
Malissimo!
Va bene.
Va tutto bene.
Va benissimo!
Va male.
Così così.
Non mi posso lamentare.
Not well at all!
Things are going well.
Everything’s going well.
Things are going great!
Things aren’t going well.
So so.
I can’t complain.

Days of the Week, Months and Seasons in Italian

Days of the week

EnglishItalian
DayGiorno
WeekSettimana
MondayLunedì
TuesdayMartedì
WednesdayMercoledì
ThursdayGiovedì
FridayVenerdì
SaturdaySabato
SundayDomenica
WeekendFine settimana

Parts of the day

EnglishItalian
Dawn/DaybreakAlba
MorningMattina
Midday/noonMezzogiorno
AfternoonPomeriggio
EveningSera
SunsetTramonto
NightNotte
MidnightMezzanotte

Months of the year

EnglishItalian
MonthMese
YearAnno
JanuaryGennaio
FebruaryFebbraio
MarchMarzo
AprilAprile
MayMaggio
JuneGiugno
JulyLuglio
AugustAgosto
SeptemberSettembre
OctoberOttobre
NovemberNovembre
DecemberDicembre
Leap yearAnno bisestile

Seasons of the year

EnglishItalian
SeasonStagione
WinterInverno
SpringPrimavera
SummerEstate
Autumn/FallAutunno

Clothes in Italian

Here’s the vocabulary related to clothes in Italian!

Clothes

EnglishItalian
ClothingAbbigliamento
ClothesCapo / Vestito / Indumento
ShopNegozio
SizeTaglia
Suit / DressAbito da sera
ShirtCamicia
Silk shirtCamicia di seta
VestCanottiera
CoatCappotto
Leather jacketGiacca in pelle
WindbreakerGiacca a vento
SkirtGonna
JeansJeans
T-shirtMaglietta
Striped t-shirtMaglietta a strisce / a righe
SweaterMaglione
Woollen sweaterMaglione di lana
PantiesMutande
TrousersPantaloni
Checked trousersPantaloni a quadri
Linen trousersPantaloni in lino
TracksuitTuta sportiva

Shoes and accessories

EnglishItalian
ShoesScarpe
AccessoriesAccessori
TrainersScarpe sportive
SandalsSandali
BootsStivali
SlippersCiabatte
HatCappello
Handbag / BagBorsa
TieCravatta
Rucksack / BackpackZaino
ScarfSciarpa
GlassesOcchiali
SocksCalze
TightsCollant
GlovesGuanti
ShawlScialle

Music-related vocabulary in Italian

Following a list of the vocabulary related to the music industry!

EnglishItalian
musicla musica
genreil genere
rockrock
metalmetal
classicalclassica
raprap
folktradizionale
notela nota
songla canzone
violinil violino
fluteil flauto
pianoil pianoforte
drumil tamburo/la batteria
saxophoneil sassofono
harpl’arpa
keyboardla tastiera
bandil gruppo
orchestral’orchestra
choiril coro
musicianil musicista
conductoril direttore d’orchestra

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