Courtesy is important no matter what country you're in. Use these courtesy phrases when speaking in Italian so you can be considerate and polite; they'll also help you communicate easily:

  • Per favore (pehr fah-voh-reh) (Please.)

  • Per piacere (pehr pyah-cheh-reh) (Please.)

  • Grazie (grah-tsee-eh) (Thank you.)

  • Prego! (preh-goh) (You're welcome!; By all means, after you.)

  • Non c'è di che. (nohn cheh dee keh) (You're welcome.)

  • Mi dispiace. (mee dees-pyah-cheh) (I'm sorry.)

  • Mi scusi. (mee skooh-zee) (Excuse me, formal.)

  • Scusi, un informazione, per favore. (skooh-zee oohn-een-fohr-mats-yoh-neh pehr fah-voh-reh) (Excuse me, I need some information, please.)

  • Scusa. (skooh-zah) (Excuse me, I'm sorry, informal)

  • Permesso? (pehr-mehs-soh) (Excuse me — when walking through a crowded train compartment; also, "May I come in?" when crossing the threshold of someone's house.)

  • Sì. (see) (Yes.)

  • No. (noh) (No.)

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