italianize yourself


In this section, we'll look at some common expressions for introductions. But first, let's take a brief look at the informal vs formal forms of address in Italian. We'll discuss it more in depth in later lessons.

In Italian, We use the formal and informal pronouns based on who we're speaking to. Formal versions are used for people we don't know, or don't know well, and with professionals (teachers, doctors, lawyers etc...).

The informal is used with friends and family.

Look at the table below to see the differences between the formal and informal. You can click on the cells that highlight when you point your mouse over them to hear the sounds.

MeaningFormal Informal
Hello Buongiorno Ciao
How are you? Come Sta? Come Stai?
Goodbye Arrivederci Ciao
Good, and you? Bene, grazie. E lei? Bene, grazie. E tu?
What's your name? Come si chiama? Come ti chiami?
My name is ______ Mi chiamo ______ Mi chiamo _______
(Click the cells above that change color when you hover over them to hear audio)

Let's practice what we learned. Click on the green bar below to open the practice set. In the white space you will see an instruction. Three options are given below that. Choose the phrase that is most appropriate.

Click to practice