You do not need to be fluent in Italian. I tell everyone to memorize a few important phrases and use them frequently. Just that small amount of effort will show the locals that you are trying and they will respond positively to you every time.
Italians are very formal and polite people. Make sure you start every conversation with a ‘Hello’ and ‘Please.’ I next ask them in Italian if they speak English.
When all else fails….use your hand gestures!
Good Day (hello) Buon giorno bwohn JOR-noh
Please Per favore pehr fah-VOR-ray
Do you speak English? Parla inglese? PAR-lah een-GLAY-zay
Thank you Grazie GRAHT-seeay
I (don’t) understand (Non) capisco (nohn) kah-PEES-koh
Excuse me Mi scusi mee SKOO-zee
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAHN-toh KOS-tah
I would like… Vorrei… vor-REH-ee
…..a reservation una prenotazione OO-nah pree-noh-ta-ZEE-oh-nay
Where is…? Dov’e DOH-veh
The bill Il conto eel KOHN-toh
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