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Italian Miniphrase

 

Erik V Gunnemark and Amorey Gethin

(complete apart from some details of layout)

 

In the following list, in order to give the learner as little as possible to remember at this stage, only one Italian expression has been given for each idea. This is not necessarily the most common usage, but it is always completely idiomatic. In practice, of course, there are often several equally idiomatic alternatives. One of the fascinating things about learning a foreign language is that as one hears more of it, one can pick up many different ways of saying things.

 

Oblique strokes (/) separate alternatives. In the Italian / is also used to separate the different verb forms, pronouns, and genders. Where there are only two forms of verb or pronoun, the first (e.g. [verb] sta/ or [pronoun] la/) shows the formal 3rd person singular form for "you"; the second (e.g. /stai [verb] or /te [pronoun]) shows the familiar 2nd person singular. Where three forms are shown, the third is the 2nd person plural. For genders, the order is masculine singular/feminine sing./m.plural/f.plur. In some cases, in order to avoid long repetitions, only the endings of the alternative forms are given, and these are underlined, e.g. potrebbe/resti/reste, which indicates that the three forms are potrebbe, potresti, potreste.

 

 

ACCIDENT

     There's been a (bad) accident.                 C'è stato un (brutto) incidente.

     Bruno's had a (bad) accident.                   Bruno ha avuto un (brutto) incidente.

     It's not serious.                                         Non è grave.

 

AFRAID

     I'm afraid  not/I can't.                               Mi dispiace,  no/non posso.

     Don't be afraid or frightened.                  Non  abbia/avere/abbiate  paura.

 

AGE - See OLD

 

ALL RIGHT

     All right, or O.K.,  I'll come.                   Va bene, vengo.

     That's all right. or That's O.K.

     (after "Sorry!")                                          Di niente.

     That's all right.

     (= It doesn't matter, don't worry            

      about it.)                                                   Non importa.

     Is that all right? or Is that O.K.?

     (= Is that agreed?)                                    D'accordo?

                        Fine!                                                          Benissimo!

     O.K. See you tomorrow.                          Va bene. Ci vediamo domani.

     Are you all right?                                      Sta/Stai/State  bene?

 

BED

     I'm sleepy. I'm going to bed.                    Ho sonno. Vado a letto.

 

BIRTHDAY

     Happy birthday!                                        Tanti auguri! [especially spoken]

                                                                        Buon compleanno! [especially written]

 

BOTHER

     (Please) Don't bother.                              Non si preoccupi./Non preoccuparti.

                        It's no bother.                                           Nessun disturbo.

     (I'm) Sorry to bother you (but I

            wonder if you could help me).         Scusi/Scusa/Scusate  se  la/ti/vi disturbo (potrebbe/resti/reste

                                                                              aiutarmi?)

 

BY - See TRANSPORT

 

CALL - See NAME, SAY

 

CALM

     Keep calm!                                                Calma!

     Calm down! or Take it easy!                    Calmati!

 

CAN, COULD - See also MAY, PLEASE, HAVE, HELP & HOW

     Could or Can  I have another cup of

            coffee?                                               Posso avere un'altra tazza di caffè?

                        Certainly. or Of course.

                        or Sure.                                                     Certo.

     Could I have my key please?

            Number 22.                                        Mi da la chiave, per favore. Numero ventidue.

     Could you bring me another knife?

            This one's dirty.                                 Mi da un altro coltello, per favore. Questo è sporco.

     Can I have five kilos of potatoes.            Posso avere cinque chili di patate?

     Can I smoke here?                                    Si può fumare qui?

                        No, it's not allowed.                                No, è proibito.

                        Yes, that's all right.                                  Si, va bene.

     Can you drive?                                          Sa/Sai  guidare?

                        Yes, I can.                                                 Si.

                        No, I can't.                                                No.

 

CARE - See also LOOK

     Take care of yourself/selves.                  Attento/a/i/e  a  te/voi. [all these are familiar forms]

     I don't care.                                               Non mi importa.

 

CAREFUL

     (Be) Careful!                                            Attento/a/i/e!

 

CHANGE

     I've changed my mind.                              Ho cambiato idea.

     I must change (my clothes).                    Devo cambiarmi.

     I'd like to change my room.                     Vorrei cambiare camera.

 

CHEERS

     Cheers! (= toast)                                      Salute!

 

CHRISTMAS

     Merry Christmas!                                     Buon Natale!

 

CLOCK - See TIME

 

COLD

     I'm cold.                                                    Ho freddo.

     It's cold. (= weather)                                Fa freddo.

 

COME

     Come here.                                               Venga/Vieni/Venite  qui.

     I'm coming!                                               Vengo!

     Come in.                                                    Avanti!

     Do come in.                                              Prego, avanti!

     Where do you come from?                     Di dov'è?/Di dove  sei/siete?

                        I'm from England.

                          I'm English.                                            Sono inglese.

 

COMPASS, POINTS OF

     It's in  north/south/east/west Italy.         E nell'Italia del  nord/sud/est/ovest.

     They live about 30 kilometres north

            of Milan.                                            Abitano a circa 30 chilometri a nord di Milano.

     We must go south.                                   Dobbiamo andare verso sud.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

     Congratulations!                                       Congratulazioni!

 

COST

     What does this cost? or How much is

            this?                                                    Quanto costa?

 

COULD - see CAN

 

COURSE, OF

     Yes, of course.                                         Ma certo.

 

DATES

     What's the date (today)?                          Che data è (oggi)?

     (on) 1st/2nd/30th January 1999             (-) il 1(primo)/2(due)/30(trenta) gennaio 1999 (mille novecento

                                                                              novantanove)

     What day will you arrive?                        In che giorno  arriva/i/ate?

                        The eighteenth.                                        Il diciotto.

     in 1848/2000                                            nel 1848 (mille ottocento quarantotto)/2000 (due mila)

     in the nineteen sixties                              negli anni sessanta

 

DAY - see DATES

 

DEAR

     Dear  Nina/Bruno,...                                 Cara/o  Nina/Bruno, ...

     Dear  Mrs/Miss/Mr  Rossi,...                  Gentile  signora/signorina/signor  Rossi, ...

 

DIRECTION - see WAY

 

DISTURB - See BOTHER

 

DO - See also HELP, STOP, & WORK

     Can I do something (for you)?                Ha/Hai  bisogno di aiuto?

     Don't do that!                                            Non farlo!

 

EASY - see CALM, SLOWLY

 

ENJOY - See GOOD

 

ENOUGH

     That's enough.                                           Basta (così).

 

EXACTLY

     Exactly!                                                     Esatto!

 

EXCUSE

     Excuse me.

     (= apology or preliminary to request)    Scusi/a/ate.

     Excuse me.

     (= request for permission to pass

      or enter - "May I come in?")                   Permesso.

 

FAR - see HOW FAR

 

FINE - See ALL RIGHT and HOW ARE

 

FUN - See also GOOD

     We had great fun.                                     Ci siamo proprio divertiti.

 

GIVING something to somebody - see THERE

 

GLAD - See also WELCOME

     I'm glad to hear that.                                 Sono contento/a di saperlo.

     I'll be glad to (do it).                                Con piacere.

 

GOOD

     Good  morning/day.                                 Buongiorno.

     Good  afternoon/evening.                        Buona sera.

     Good night.                                               Buona notte.

     Good!                                                        Bene.

     Have a good time. or Enjoy yourself.    Buon divertimento.

     Have a good trip or journey.                   Buon viaggio.

     Good luck!                                                Buona fortuna!

 

GOODBYE

     Goodbye.   Arrivederci.

     Bye-bye. or Cheerio.                               Ciao.

     All the best.                                               Tante belle cose.

 

GREETINGS - See HOW DO, HULLO, MEET, REGARDS, WELCOME

 

HALF - see TIME

 

HAVE

     Can I have four of  those apples/them?

      or I'll take four of those apples/them.   Mi da quattro di quelle mele./Me ne

                                                                               da quattro.

 

HAVE DONE

     Where can I have  my bicycle/this

      part  repaired?                                          Dove posso far riparare  la mia

                                                                               bicicletta/questo pezzo?

 

HEALTH - See HOW ARE

 

HELLO - See also TELEPHONE

     Hullo! or Hi!                                             Ciao!

 

HEAR

     Sorry, I didn't hear what you said.           Scusi/a/ate  , non ho sentito quello

                                                                               che  ha/hai/avete  detto.

 

HELP

     Help!                                                          Aiuto!

     Could you help me?                                 Potrebbe aiutarmi?

            Certainly. or Sure.                                               Certo.

     Can I help you?                                         Posso aiutarla  (signora/signorina/

                                                                               signore)?  Posso aiutarti/vi?

                                                                               [Note the pronoun la, the accusative

                                                                               of lei, with signore as well as

                                                                               signora.]

     It can't be helped. or

      There's nothing we can do.                     Non c'è niente da fare.

 

HERE - see also THERE

     Here  he is/I am!                                       Eccolo/mi!

 

HOME

     Is  he/she  at home?                                  E a casa?

     Let's go home.                                          Andiamo a casa.

 

HOPE

     I hope so./Let's hope so.                          Spero di si./Speriamo.

     I hope not.                                                 Spero di no.

 

HOT

     I'm hot.                                                      Ho caldo.

     It's hot. (= weather)                                  Fa caldo.

 

HOW

     (Can you show me) how to do it? or How

      does one do it?                                        (Può/Puoi/Potete  farmi vedere) Come

                                                                               si fa?

 

HOW ARE

     How are you?                                            Come  sta/stai/state?

            Very well, thank you. And you?                         (Sto) Benissimo, grazie, e

                                                                                           lei/tu/voi?

            I've got a cold.                                                      Ho un raffreddore.

            I've got a  headache/sore throat/

             stomach-ache.                                                     Ho mal di  testa/gola/stomaco.

            Not too bad.                                                         Non c'è male.

     I don't feel well.                                        Non mi sento bene.

     He/She  became ill yesterday.                 Si è ammalato/a ieri.

 

HOW ARE THINGS

     How are things (going)? or How are

      you getting on?                                        Come va?

 

HOW DO

     How do you do. or Pleased to meet you. 

      my name's Tom Scott.                             Piacere. Sono Tom Scott.

            How do you do. or Pleased to meet

             you. I'm Luca Masi.                          Piacere. Masi, Luca. [Note the reversed order in Italian.]

 

HOW FAR

     How far is it to Mantua (from here)?     Quanto dista Mantova (da qui)?

 

HOW LONG

     How long does it take (by train)?            Quanto tempo ci vuole (in treno)?

     How long have you been here?                Da quanto tempo   è/sei/siete   qui?

            I've/We've  been here (for) a week.                    Sono/Siamo  qui da una

                                                                                           settimana.

     How long are you staying here?              Per quanto tempo   si ferma/ti fermi/

                                                                               vi fermate  qui?

            Till Monday.                                                         Fino a lunedì.

 

HOW MUCH - See COST

 

HOW...SAY - See SAY

 

HULLO - See HELLO & TELEPHONE

 

HUNGRY

     Are you  hungry/thirsty.?                         Ha/Hai/Avete  fame/sete?

 

HURRY

     I'm in a hurry.                                            Ho fretta.

     There's no hurry.                                       Non c'è fretta.

     Hurry up!                                                   Sbrigati!/Sbrigatevi! [sing. & plur.

                                                                               familiar forms]

 

HURT

     It/That  hurts (here).                                 Mi fa male (qui).

     Have you hurt yourself?                           Le è/Ti sei  fatto/a  male? Vi siete 

                                                                               fatti/e  male?

     My feet hurt.                                             Mi fanno male i piedi.

 

IDEA

     That's a good idea.                                    Che bell'idea.

 

ILL - See HOW ARE

 

ISN'T IT?, AREN'T YOU?,

HAVEN'T THEY?, etc.                                 Vero?

 

JOB See WORK

 

JOURNEY - See GOOD

 

KIND

     That's very kind of you.                            E molto gentile (da parte  sua/tua/

                                                                               vostra).

 

KNOW

     I (don't) know.                                           (Non) Lo so.

     I didn't know that.                                     Non lo sapevo.

 

LATE

     I'm sorry I'm late.                                     Mi dispiace di essere in ritardo.

 

LAVATORY - see TOILET

 

LEFT - See also WAY

     Is there any wine left?                              C'è ancora un po' di vino?

     There's  nothing/no bread  left.               Non ce n'è più./Non c'è più pane.

 

LET

     Let's  go/have something to eat? or

      Shall we  go/have something  to eat?     Andiamo?/Andiamo a mangiare

                                                                               qualcosa?

     Let him go. (2nd pers. sing. & plur.)      Lascialo/Lasciatelo  andare.

     Let go!                                                       Lascia!

     Let me know when you're ready.             Mi faccia/Fammi  sapere quando 

                                                                               è/sei/siete  pronto/a/i/e.

     Let's see.                                                   Vediamo.

 

LIKE - See also CAN, LOVE, WEATHER

     Do you like coffee?                                 Le/Ti/Vi  piace il caffè?

            Yes, I do, but I prefer tea.                                   Si, mi piace, ma preferisco il

                                                                                           tè.

     We don't like it.                                        Non ci piace.

     I like you very much.                                Mi piaci tanto.

     I'd like a room facing south.                    Posso avere una camera esposta a

                                                                               sud?

     Would you like  some coffee/a beer?    Posso offrire qualcosa?  Un caffè/Una

                                                                               birra?

            Yes, I'd love  some coffee/a beer.                      Si, grazie. Mi piacerebbe  un

                                                                                           caffè/una birra.

     Have you had enough or would you like

      some more?                                             Le/Ti/Vi  basta o ne  vuole/vuoi/

                                                                               volete  ancora?

     Would you like to go for a walk?            Vuole/Vuoi/Volete  fare una

                                                                               passeggiata?

 

LISTEN

     Listen!                                                       Ascolti/a/ate! 

 

LOOK

     You look  well.                                         La/Ti  trovo bene.

     It looks good.                                            Sembra buono.

     He looks tired.                                          Sembra stanco.

     Look out!                                                  Attento/a/i/e!

     I'll look after/take care of that. or

      I'll attend to it.                                         Ci penso io.

 

LOOK FORWARD

     We're looking forward to seeing

      you.                                                           Non vediamo l'ora di rivederla/ti/vi.

     I was so looking forward to her visit.     Peccato, avevo tanta voglia di

                                                                               vederla.

 

LOVE

     We'd/I'd  love to come.                            Ci/Mi  farà molto piacere venire.

     Give our love to Nina.                              Tanti (cari) saluti a Nina.

     She's/He's  in love (with  Bruno/Nina).  E innamorata/o (di  Bruno/Nina).

     make love                                                  fare l'amore

 

LUCK

     Good luck!                                                Buona fortuna!

     What luck!                                                 Che fortuna!

     What bad luck!                                          Che sfortuna!

 

MARRIED

     I'm/He's, She's  married (to  Nina/

      Bruno).                                                     Sono/E  sposato/a (con  Nina/Bruno).

 

MATTER

     What's the matter?                                    Cosa c'è?

            Oh, nothing to worry about.                                Oh, niente di importante.

     It doesn't matter.                                       Non importa.

 

MAY - See also CAN, COULD, EXCUSE, MIND

     May I (put the television on)?                 Posso (accendere la televisione)?

            Of course (please do).                                        Prego!  Faccia/Fai/Fate  pure.

            I'd rather you didn't, if you

             don't mind.                                                           Se non  le/ti/vi  dispiace,

                                                                                          preferirei di no.

     May I  come in/come by or pass?           Permesso?

 

MEAN

     What does  this word/"caldo"  mean?      Cosa vuol dire  questa

                                                                               parola/"caldo"?

     What do you mean (by that)?                   Cosa intende/i dire (con questo)?

 

MEET - See also HOW DO, WELCOME

     It was nice meeting you.                         E stato un piacere conoscerla/ti/vi.

     When shall we meet?                               Quando ci vediamo?

     I'll meet you at the airport.                      Ci incontriamo all'aeroporto.

 

MIND - See also BOTHER, MATTER, WORRY

     Never mind. (= Don't bother).                 Lascia perdere.

     Never mind. (= You'll have forgotten

      all about it tomorrow).                           

     Do you mind  if I smoke/me smoking?  Le/Ti/Vi  dà fastidio se fumo?

            No, not at all. or No, that's

             all right. Go ahead.                                             Faccia/Fai pure! Prego!

 

MISTAKE

     I'm afraid I've made a mistake.                Mi dispiace. Mi sono sbagliato.

     I think there's a mistake  here/in             Credo che ci sia un errore in questo

                                                                               conto.

 

MOMENT - See WAIT

 

MUCH - See COST and Minilex

 

NAME - See also TELEPHONE

     What's your name?                                   Come si chiama?

     Could I have your name please?              Posso avere il suo  cognome/nome?

     first name/Christian name                      

     surname/family name                               cognome

     My name is Tom Scott.                            Mi chiamo Tom Scott.

 

NEW YEAR

     Happy New Year!                                     Buon Anno! [especially written]

                                                                        Auguri! [especially spoken - cf.

                                                                               BIRTHDAY]

 

NO - See THANK YOU

 

NOT AT ALL - See also THANK YOU

     Not at all. (= Not in the least.)                Niente affatto.

 

NOTE

     Let me make a note of it.                         Faccio un appunto.

 

NOTHING - see HELP

 

OCCUPIED - see TAKEN

 

O.K. - See ALL RIGHT

 

OLD

     How old is  she/he?                                  Quanti anni ha?

            She's/He's  twenty-five.                                       Ha venticinque anni.

     How old is  she/he/it? (= babies,

      small animals)                                         Quanto ha?

 

PAIN - See HOW ARE, HURT

 

PARDON - See HEAR, SORRY

 

PITY

     What a pity!                                               Che peccato!

 

PLEASE - See also CAN, COULD

     Please.                                                       Per favore.

     Yes please.                                                Si, prego.

 

PLEASED - See HOW DO, MEET, WELCOME

 

POINT _ see WORTH

 

QUICK(LY)! - See also HURRY                Presto!

 

QUIET

     Be quiet!                                                          Stia/Sta/State  zitto/a/i/e!

 

RADIO - See TELEVISION

 

REALLY

     (Oh), really?                                                                Davvero?

 

REGARDS

     Give my regards to  your husband /

      your wife / your parents / Nina.             Mi saluti/Salutami  tanto  suo/tuo

                                                                               marito / sua/tua moglie / i

                                                                               suoi/tuoi genitori / Nina.

 

REMEMBER

     I don't remember (it or that).                  Non ricordo.

 

RIGHT - See also WAY

     You are right.                                                              Ha/Hai/Avete  ragione.

     Is this  right? (= correct)                         E giusto?

 

ROOM – See LIKE

 

SAME

     (Thank you.) The same to you.                (Grazie.) Altrettanto.

 

SAY - see also SORRY

     Could you please say that again?             Le/Ti  dispiace ripetere?

     How do you say "hot" in Italian?              Come si dice "hot" in italiano?

     What do you call that in Italian?              Come si chiama in italiano?

     What should I say?                                          Come devo dire?

 

SEE

     See you  this evening/tomorrow/soon.   A  stasera/domani/presto.

     It was  nice/good  to see you.                  E stato bello rivederla/ti/vi.

     When can I see you again?                       Quando possiamo riverderci?

     I see.                                                                            Ho capito.

 

SERIOUS - See ACCIDENT

 

SHALL

     What shall I do?                                              Che cosa devo fare?

     Shall I give you a ring?                             Le/Ti/Vi  do un colpo di telefono?

     Shall I open the window?                         Devo aprire la finestra?

 

SHOW - See also HOW                                    

     Will you show me your photos?             Mi  fa/fai  vedere le fotografie?

     Can you show me where it is on my map?    Può/Puoi  indicarmi dov'è sulla carta

                                                                               geografica?

 

SIT

     Please sit down.                                              Se sieda/Siediti/Sedetevi.

 

SLEEP

     Sleep well!                                                                  Buon riposo!

     Did you sleep well?                                        Ha/Hai/Avete  dormito bene?

 

SLOWLY

     Slowly! or Easy!                                             Piano piano!

 

SORRY - See also ALL RIGHT, HEAR

     I'm sorry.                                                         Mi dispiace.

     I'm  so terribly or really very  sorry.      Mi dispiace tanto.

            That's all right.                                         Va bene.

     I'm sorry to hear that.                                     Mi dispiace saperlo.

     Sorry I'm late.                                                             Mi dispiace essere in ritardo.

     I beg your pardon. (= Sorry)                    Mi scusi/Scusami/Scusatemi.

     Sorry? What did you say? or Pardon? or

      I beg your pardon?                                         Scusi/a? Cosa  ha/hai  detto? 

 

SOUND

     That sounds interesting.                           Sembra interessante.

     She/He  sounded happy.                           Sembrava felice.

 

SPEAK

     Do you speak English?                             Parla inglese?

            Only/Yes,  a little.                                   Soltanto/Si,  un po'.

            I'm afraid not.                                           No, mi dispiace.

     Is there anyone here who speaks

      English?                                                          C'è qualcuno qui che parla inglese?

     Could you speak a bit more slowly?       Potrebbe parlare un po' più

                                                                               lentamente?

     Could I talk  to you/to Nina  for             

      a moment?                                                                  Potrei  parlarle/ti/vi  un attimo?

                                                                              Potrei parlare un attimo con Nina?

 

SPELL

     How do you spell it?                                      Come si scrive?

 

STOP

     Stop!                                                                            Ferma/i/ate!

     Stop it!                                                                         Smettila!

 

STUFF

     These are all my things. or This is all

      my stuff.                                                         Questa è tutta la mia roba.

 

TAKE - see HAVE, HOW LONG

 

TAKEN

     Is this place taken? or Is this seat

      occupied?                                                       E occupato questo posto?

            No, it's free.                                             No, è libero.


 

TELEPHONE - see also SHALL

     Hello!                                                                          Pronto! 

     Could I speak to  Bruno/Mr. Masi?        Scusi, posso parlare con  Bruno/il

                                                                               signor Masi?

     Who am I speaking to?                             Con chi parlo?

     This is Bruno Scott speaking.                  Sono Bruno Scott.

 

TELEVISION & RADIO - See also MAY

     I  saw/heard  it on television/the             L'ho  visto/sentito  in televisione/

      radio.                                                                          alla radio.

 

THANK YOU

     Thank you (very much).                           Grazie (tante).

     Thank you very much for your  trouble/

      help.                                                                            Grazie tante per il  suo/tuo

                                                                               disturbo/aiuto.

            Not at all. or That's O.K. or

             Don't mention it.                                     Di niente.

            You're welcome.                                      Prego.

     No thank you.                                                              No, grazie.

 

THERE

     There you go. or Here you are.               Prego. [But after recipient says

                                                                               "Grazie"]

 

THERE IS

     Is there a telephone near here?               C'è un telefono qui vicino?

            Yes, there's one in front of the

             post office.                                              Si, ce n'è uno davanti

                                                                               all'ufficio postale.

 

THINK

     I think so.                                                         Credo di si.

     I don't think so.                                               Credo di no.

     What do you think (of it)?                       Cosa ne pensa/i/ate?

 

THIRSTY - see HUNGRY

 

TIME

     What's the time?                                             Che ore sono?

            (It's) six o'clock.                                      Sono le sei.

     (At) What time  is she coming?/does the

      bus for Milan leave?                                      A che ora  viene?/parte l'autobus per

                                                                               Milano?

             (At) five (o'clock).                                 Alle cinque.

     It begins at twelve (o'clock).                   Comincia a mezzogiorno.

     quarter of an hour                                           un quarto d'ora

     half an hour                                                                 mezz'ora

     (at)  a quarter/twenty  to four                  (al)le quattro meno  un quarto/venti

     (at)  a quarter/seventeen minutes

      past four                                                         (al)le quattro e  un

                                                                               quarto/diciasette

     (at) half past four (in the  morning/

      evening).                                                         (al)le quattro e mezza (di

                                                                               mattina/sera)

     It's time  for us to go/we went/

      he went.                                                          E ora di andare.

     I fear we haven't got time.                        Ho paura che non abbiamo tempo.

 

TOILET

     Excuse me, where is the  toilet/

      lavatory?                                                        Scusi, dov'è il bagno?

 

TRANSPORT

     How are you going?                                        Con che mezzo va/vai/andate?

            We're  flying/cycling.                             In aereo/In bicicletta.

     They're coming  by air/by bus/by car/

      by sea/by train/on foot.                           Vengono in aereo/in autobus/in auto/

                                                                               via mare/in treno/a piedi.

 

UNDERSTAND

     Do you understand English?                    Capisce/i  l'inglese?

            Yes,/only  a little.                                    Si,/solo  un po'.

            I'm afraid not.                                                       No, mi dispiace. 

     I'm sorry, I don't understand (French).   Mi dispiace - non capisco (il

                                                                               francese).

     Do you understand?                                        Ha/Hai  capito?

     I understand.                                                                Ho capito.

 

URGENT

     It's urgent.                                                        E urgente.

 

USE

     That's no use. or It's  no use

      (waiting).                                                        E inutile (aspettare).

 

WAIT

     Could you wait a moment. or One moment

      please.                                                             Aspetti un attimo, per favore.

     Let's wait.                                                        Aspettiamo.

 

WAY - See also HOW

     Excuse me, can you tell me the way to

      the station?                                                                 Scusi, può indicarmi la strada per la

                                                                               stazione?

            Straight on.                                                           Sempre diritto.

            Go down here, and first to the

             left then second to the right.

             The station is immediately on

             your right.                                                            Giù di qui, la prima a sinistra,

                                                                                           poi la seconda a destra. La

                                                                                           stazione è lì sulla destra.

     Which way (should I go)?                        In quale direzione?

     Go  that/this  way.                                                       Vada/Vai/Andate  da

                                                                                           quella/questa  parte.

 

     Your suitcase is in the way.                     La sua valigia da fastidio.

 

WEATHER - See also COLD, HOT, WHAT

     What's the weather like?                          Com'è il tempo?

     The weather's bad.                                           Fa cattivo tempo.

     The weather's good.                                        Fa bel tempo.

     It's raining (hard).                                           Piove (a dirotto).

     The sun's out or shining.                          C'è sole.

 

WELCOME - See also THANK YOU, THERE

     Welcome (to London)!                            Benvenuto/a/i/e (a Londra)!

 

WELL - See HOW ARE

 

WHAT - See also FUN, SAY

     What weather!                                                 Che tempo!

     What a wonderful or lovely

      or beautiful day!                                            Che bella giornata!

     What a waste of time!                              Che perdita di tempo!

 

WHERE - See COME

 

WISH

     I wish  she/he  was here.                          Se solo  lei/lui  fosse qui!

     I wish you would tell me.                         Se solo tu me lo dicessi!

     I wish I was younger.                                Se solo fossi più giovane!

     I wish I had a car.                                            Se solo avessi una macchina!

     I wish I could go too.                                      Se solo potessi andare anch'io!

 

WORK expressions - See also WRONG

     What do you do? (= What sort of work

      do you do? What's your job?)                 Che lavoro  fa/fai/fate?

     What are you doing now or at

      the moment?                                                              E ora che cosa fa?

 

WORRY

     Don't worry.                                                                Non  si preoccupi/preoccuparti/

                                                                               preoccupatevi.

     Don't worry about that.                            Non  se ne preoccupi/

                                                                               preoccupartene/ve ne preoccupate.

     I'm worried (about my son).                   Sono preoccupato (per mio figlio).

 

WORTH

     It's not worth it. or There's

     no point (in doing that).                           Non ne vale la pena.

 

WOULD - See LIKE

 

WRONG

     It's wrong.                                                        E sbagliato.

     He/She is wrong.                                            Si sbaglia.

     There's something wrong with the

      engine.                                                            C'è un guasto al motore.

 

YES - See COURSE, PLEASE

 

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