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Collins Beginner’s Italian Dictionary

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Collins Beginner’s Italian Dictionary


Italian is a Romance language, a descendant of Vulgar Latin (colloquial spoken Latin). Standard Italian is based on Tuscan, especially its Florentine dialect, and is, therefore, an Italo-Dalmatian language, a classification that includes most other central and southern Italian languages and the extinct Dalmatian.

Basic Italian Words:

  1. Ciao (Hi)
  2. Arrivederci (Goodbye)
  3. Grazie (Thank you)
  4. Per favore (Please)
  5. Sí (Yes)
  6. Certo (Sure)
  7. No (No)
  8. Amore (Love)
  9. Tutto (Everything)
  10. Famiglia (Family)
  11. Figlio/figlia (Son/daughter)
  12. Fratello/sorella (Brother/sister)
  13. Amico (Friend)
  14. Ragazza (Girl)
  15. Ragazzo (Boy)
  16. Uomo (Man)
  17. Donna (Woman)

Italian Questions:

  1. Come ti chiami? (What is your name?)
  2. Che ora é? (What time is it?)
  3. Di dove sei? (Where do you come from?)
  4. Dove abiti? (Where do you live?)
  5. Puoi aiutarmi? (Can you help me?)
  6. Posso aiutarti? (Can I help you?)
  7. Quanto costa? (How much does it cost?)
  8. Hai capito? (Do you understand?)

Italian greetings:

  1. Buongiorno! (Good morning!)
  2. Buona sera! (Good evening!)
  3. Buona notte! (Good night!)
  4. Come stai? (How are you?)
  5. Stai bene? (Are you all right?)
  6. Cosa c’è di nuovo? (What’s up?)
  7. Che cosa stai facendo? (What do you do?)

Words for the weather:

  1. Fa caldo. (It’s hot.)
  2. Fa freddo. (It’s cold.)
  3. Piove. (It’s raining.)
  4. C’é il sole. (It’s sunny.)
  5. C’è la luna (The moon has risen.)
  6. Sta nevicando. (It’s snowing.)
  7. C’é vento. (It’s windy.)


  • Italian became an official language in 1861
  • The Italian alphabet only has 21 letters
  •  Italian is considered one of the closest languages to Latin
  • Some Italian words are misused in English
  • Approximately 66 million people speak Italian worldwide
  • Over 700,000 Americans speak Italian
  • The word ‘Volt’ was created by an Italian
  • The Italian language loves double consonants
  • The longest Italian word contains 30 letters
  • The word ‘America’ comes from Italian
  • Italian is one of the most studied foreign languages in the world
  • The word America is actually an Italian word
  • The longest Italian word has 30 letters (psiconeuroendocrinoimmunologia)