It’s easy to say, “I love you!” in a romantic way in Italian. When you are with your special someone this Valentines Day, just remember two little Italian words: “Ti amo!” But, of course, there is so much more to love and romance than just saying a few special words!
That’s why I’ve included a special section in my pocket travel book, Conversational Italian for Travelers “Just the Important Phrases,” entitled “Making Friends.”
For Valentine’s Day this year, I’ve reprinted some of the phrases from my “Making Friends” section this blog. In the Conversational Italian for Travelers book, I’ve included some typical Italian phrases to use if you’ve decided to stay awhile in Italy and want to approach someone to get to know them better. Or maybe you know an Italian or Italian-American here in the states, and both of you realize how romantic the Italian language can be! In this slim Italian phrase book are some tongue-in-cheek, humorous phrases, some phrases one might say in return if they are interested… and other phrases one might say in return if they are not! We will stick to the positive phrases for this blog for Valentines Day.
Also, I am including in this blog a few new phrases I have just learned from the You Tube Italian personality Anna on the channel Your Italian Circle. Her video, “How to talk about LOVE in Italian – AMORE in ITALIANO” mentions how to use the verb of romantic love, amore, and the other important phrase for one’s love of family and friends, “Ti voglio bene.” I’ve covered these topics last year in my blog: “Italian Phrases We Use EVERY Day — How to say, ‘I love you!’ in Italian.” Click on the link to my if you like, and then listen to Anna’s clear Italian to practice saying these phrases yourself at the end of this blog.
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“Making Friends” in Italian*
So, now you are in Italy, and have decided to stay for awhile. You may meet someone you want to get to know better. What to say to them to “break the ice”? Or, maybe you are just trying to enjoy a coffee, and someone introduces themselves. What to say if you are interested? Here are some well-known pick-up lines translated into Italian (some just for fun and others more serious), and some replies – if you are interested – or not!
Let’s get to know one another:
|Scusa…||Excuse me… (familiar)|
|Credo che ci siamo già visiti prima?||Haven’t we seen (already met) each other before?|
|…da qualche parte?||…around here?|
|Penso di conoscerti già.||I think that I’ve met you before.|
|Hai degli occhi molto belli!||You have beautiful eyes.|
|Tu hai il viso della Madonna.||You have a beautiful face.
(lit. the face of Mother Mary)
|Che cosa fai…||What are you doing…|
|…per il resto della tua vita?||…for the rest of your life?|
Or, a little less flowery:
|È libero questo posto?||Is this seat free?|
|Ti dispiace se mi siedo qui?||Would you mind if I sit here?|
|Posso sedermi con te?||May I sit with you?|
|Ti piace questo posto?||Do you like this place?|
|Ti stai divertendo?||Are you enjoying yourself?|
|Con chi sei?||Who are you with?|
|Sono da sola(o).||I am alone. (female/male)|
|Sono con un’amica/un amico.||I am with a friend. (female friend/male friend)|
|Sto aspettando qualcuno.||I am waiting for someone.|
|Sei sposata(o)?||Are you married? (to female/male)|
|Sei single?**||Are you single?|
|Sei divorziata(o)?||Are you divorced? (to female/male)|
|Cosa prendi?||What are you having?|
|Posso offrirti qualcosa da bere?||May I offer (to) you something to drink?|
|Vuoi qualcosa da bere?||Do you want something to drink?|
|Vuoi qualcosa da mangiare?||Do you want something to eat?|
|Vuoi fare una passeggiata?||Do you want to go for a walk?|
**Although the English word single is commonly used in Italian conversation, the Italian words for single are nubile for a woman and celibe for a man, and these words are used on official Italian forms.
Let’s get together… (This is a good time to memorize those Italian prepositions!)
|Perché non ci vediamo? Let’s get together.|
|(lit. Why don’t we get together/see each other?)|
|Posso avere il tuo… May I have your….|
|numero di telefono? telephone number?|
|indirizzo email?*** email address?|
|Hai tempo domani? Do you have time tomorrow?|
|Posso rivederti domani? May I see you again tomorrow?|
|Sei libera(o) domani, Are you free (to female/male) tomorrow,|
|domani sera, tomorrow night,|
|la settimana prossima? next week?|
|Vuoi andare al ristorante? Do you want to go to a restaurant?|
|al bar? a (coffee) bar?|
|al caffé? a cafe?|
|in pizzeria? a pizzeria?|
|Posso invitarla/ti a cena? May I invite you (pol.)/(fam.) to dinner?|
|Ti piacerebbe/Vuoi… Would you like to/Do you want to…|
|andare in piazza? go to the piazza?|
|andare al cinema? go to the movies?|
|andare al concerto? go to the concert?|
|andare allo spettacolo ? go to the show (performance)?|
|andare a ballare? go dancing?|
***To learn say your email address in Italian, visit our blog Italian Phrases We Use EVERY Day — Let’s talk about email in Italian.
According to Anna from the You Tube Channel Your Italian Circle, a familiar way an Italian might ask someone out is with the phrase “Ti va.” The use of this expression probably derives from the familiar slang phrase, “Come va?” “How’s it going?” and the answer, “Va bene,” for “It’s going well.” The extension of these simple Italian phrases of greeting into other facets of life is a good example of how language is always changing and evolving into something new!
So, to ask someone you know if you can get them something, just use:
Ti va + noun (thing) = Do you want…
Expanding on one of our examples above:
|Ti va qualcosa da bere?||Do you want something to drink?|
|Ti va un appertivo?||Do you want a cocktail?|
|Ti va un caffè?||Do you want a coffee?|
To ask someone if they want to do something, just use:
Ti va + di + verb (action) = Do you want to…
Expanding on one of our examples above:
|Vuoi andare al ristorante?||Do you want to go to a restaurant?|
|Ti va di andare al ristorante?||Do you want to go to the restaurant?|
|Ti va di andare al cinema?||Do you want to go to the movies?|
And if the answer to any of the questions above is… yes!
|Penso di si.||I think so.|
|Si, sono libera(o)….||Yes, I am free (female/male).|
|È stato molto gentile a invitarmi.||It was very nice (of you polite) to invite me.|
|È molto gentile.||That is very nice (of you polite).|
|Che bell’idea!||What a wonderful idea!|
|Che bello!||How nice!|
|Mi piacerebbe molto.||I would like (it) very much.|
|Volentieri!||I’d love to! (lit. certainly, gladly)|
If you want to hear many of these phrases in action, just click on Anna’s video “How to talk about LOVE in Italian – AMORE in ITALIANO” from Your Italian Circle.
Buon divertimento e Buon San Valentino!
*Some of this material has been reprinted from our Conversational Italian for Travelers “Just the Important Phrases pocket travel book. Learn more phrases by purchasing your own handy book of phrases today!