Basic Question Words in Italian

By Francesca Romana Onofri, Karen Antje Moller, Teresa L. Picarazzi

Part of Italian For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To communicate in Italian and to travel with ease, there are practical questions in Italian (or any language for that matter) that you’ll use daily and have to know:

  • Parla inglese? (pahr-lah een-gleh-zeh) (Do you speak English?)

  • Chi? (kee) (Who?)

  • Cosa? (koh-sah) (What?)

  • Quando? (kwahn-doh) (When?)

  • Dove? (doh-veh) (Where?)

  • Perché? (pehr-keh) (Why?)

  • Come? (koh-meh) (How?)

  • Quanto? (kwanh-toh) (How much?)

Try these helpful phrases:

  • Dov’è la stazione? (doh-veh lah stah-tsyoh-neh) (Where is the station?)

  • Scusi, dov’è il bagno? (skooh-zee doh-veh eel bahn-yoh) (Where is the bathroom?)

  • Quanto dista il Colosseo? (kwahn-toh dees-tah eel koh-lohs-seh-oh) (How far is the Coloseum?)

  • Dove si mangia il miglior gelato? (doh-veh see mahn-jah eel meel-yohr geh-lah-toh) (Where can you get the best ice cream?)

    Come si arriva in Piazza della Repubblica? (koh-meh see ahr-ree-vah een pyahts-sah dehl-lah reh-pooh-blee-kah) (How do you get to Piazza della Repubblica?)