Useful Italian words and Phrases (Parole e frasi utili italiani)
Fluency in Italian is not necessary to participate in the program, but some familiarity is highly encouraged. Pratt’s Italian 101 and 102 courses in Brooklyn or equivalent introductory courses are highly recommended. We also recommend obtaining Michael Cagno's Rapid Italian for Students and Tourists (New York: Vanni Publishers). This book will be used during orientation sessions and in Venice.
Being a Polite Global Citizen
It is important to remember that Venetians like to greet each other. When you walk into a store, a hotel, etc., it is courteous to say hello (buon giorno, or buona sera), thanks (grazie), and good-bye (ciao, buon giorno, buona sera). Permesso means excuse me in order to pass someone. Often around Venice, especially on the vaporetto, you will just hear “messo” which is the shortened version of the excuse me. People say permesso when they need others to move so they can get off at their vaporetto stop.
A useful, non-credit Italian course will be offered in Venice at UIA for a small additional fee, payable upon arrival. Students are asked to indicate their interest upon acceptance to the program in the Spring.
Gesso Gesso, Chalk
Gesso Nero Black chalk
Gesso Rosso Red chalk
Biacca Lead white
Incisione su legno Woodcut
Good morning Buon giorno
Good afternoon/evening Buona sera
Good night Buona notte
Hi/bye (informal) Ciao
Goodbye Arrivederci, Addio
Please Per favore or per piacere
Thank you (very much) Grazie (mille grazie)
You’re welcome Prego, di nulla
Alright/very well Va bene
How are you? Come stai/sta? (informal/formal)
Do you speak English? Parla inglese?
I didn’t understand Non ho capito
I’m sorry… Mi dispiace
I’m here to study Sono qui per studiare
I’m American Sono americano/americana (m/f)
I live in… Abito a...
Now/Later Adesso/ Più tardi
Wait a minute! Aspetta!
In the morning Di mattina
In the afternoon Nel pomeriggio
In the evening Di sera
Enough, no more Basta
Don’t Touch Non toccare
Watch out! Attenzione!
Where is? Dov’è?
Here is Ecco