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

Part of Italian For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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.)