Italian Needs No Translation

Some Italian Needs No Translation because the words similar to English will enable you to understand what is meant.

Use the spelling and/or sound of each word similar to English to help you figure out its meaning.

So from the key words similar to English you should be able to make out the meanings of the other Italian connecting words that are not similar to English. Use the words similar to English as clues to the meanings of the other Italian words.

Try to just get the overall meaning of each sentence without trying to translate each unfamiliar Italian word. Many are like sentences in English that express ideas you have said or heard often before.

The easiest way is to just read them. Or if you see some you might possibly use when you travel to Italy, you can try to pronounce them, which is not easiest.

Consider each sentence as a puzzle you can probably solve. Have fun with the challenge of it. See how far down the list you can get.

This list starts with the easiest Italian sentences to figure out, and then progresses to more challenging ones.

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Some Italian Needs No Translation

STATEMENTS

ITALIAN -- [SAY ITALIAN]

No! -- [‘no’]

Un momento. -- [oon moh-MEHN-toh]

È interessante. -- [eh een-teh-rehs-SAHN-teh]

È romantico. -- [eh roh-MAHN-tee-koh]

È magnifico. -- [eh mahn-YEE-fee-koh]

È terribile. -- [eh teh-REE-bee-leh]

È difficile. -- [eh deef-FEE-chee-leh]

È urgente. -- [eh oor-KHEHN-teh]

È contagioso. -- [eh kohn-tah-JYOH-soh]

Pago con un travel cheque. -- [pah-goh kohn oon ‘travel check’]

C’è un problema. -- [cheh oon proh-BLEH-mah]

Sono americano/a. -- [SOH-noh ah-meh-ree-KAH-noh/nah]

Sono inglese. -- [SOH-noh een-GLEH-seh]

Sono da solo/a. -- [SOH-noh dah ‘solo’/SOH-lah]

Sono single. -- [SOH-noh ‘single’]

Sono separato/a. -- [SOH-noh seh-pah-RAH-toh/-tah]

Sono divorziato/a. -- [SOH-noh dee-vohr-tsyah-toh/-tah]

Sono diabetico/a. -- [SOH-noh dyah-beh-TEE-koh/kah]

Sono vegetariano/a. -- [SOH-noh veh-jeh-tah-RYAH-noh/nah]

Sono allergico/a a il glutine. -- [SOH-noh ahl-LEHR-jee-koh/kah ah eel gloo-TEE-neh]

Sono constipato. -- [SOH-noh kohn-stee-PAH-toh]

Sono anemico/a. -- [SOH-noh ah-NEH-mee-koh/kah]

Sono asmatico/a. -- [SOH-noh ahs-MAH-tee-koh/kah]

Sono diabetico/a. -- [SOH-noh dee-ah-beh-tee-koh/kah]

Sono allergico/a alla penicillina. -- [SOH-noh ahl-LEHR-jee-koh/kah AHL-lah peh-nee-cheel-LEE-nah]

Sono allergico/a agli antibiotici. -- [SOH-noh ahl-LEHR-jee-koh/kah AHL-yee ahn-tee-BYOH-tee-chee]

Sono eterosessuale. -- [SOH-noh eh-teh-roh-sehs-SWAH-leh]

Sono omosessuale. -- [SOH-noh oh-moh-sehs-SWAH-leh]

Sono bisex. -- [SOH-noh bee-SEHKS]

Sono gay. -- [SOH-noh ‘gay’]

Sono innocente. -- [SOH-noh een-noh-CHEHN-teh]

Sono qui per una conferenza. -- [SOH-noh kwee pehr OO-nah kohn-feh-REHN-tsah]

Soffro di artrite. -- [sohf-froh dee ahr-tree-teh]

Le presento il mio collega Nino. -- [leh preh-ZEHN-toh eel MEE-oh kohl-LEH-gah NEE-noh]

La TV non funziona. -- [lah tee-VOO nohn foon-TSYOH-nah]

L’aria condizionata non funziona. -- [LAH-ryah kohn-dee-tsyoh-NAH-tah nohn foon-TSYOH-nah]

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QUESTIONS

ITALIAN -- [SAY ITALIAN]

È difficile? -- [eh deef-FEE-chee-leh]

È romantico? -- [eh roh-MAHN-tee-koh]

È kosher? -- [eh ‘kosher’]

È accessibile ai disabili? -- [eh ah-chehs-SEE-bee-leh AH-ee dee-ZAH-bee-lee]

È il treno per Roma? -- [eh eel TREH-noh pehr ROH-mah]

C’è un computer? -- [cheh oon ‘computer’]

C’è il wireless? -- [cheh eel ‘wireless’]

C’è la sauna? -- [cheh lah SAH-ow-nah]

C’è un ristorante? -- [cheh oon ree-stoh-RAHN-teh]

C’è una guida in inglese? -- [cheh OO-nah GWEE-dah een een-GLEH-zeh]

C’è un’audio guida in inglese? -- [cheh oo-NOW-dyoh GWEE-dah een een-GLEH-zeh]

C’è l’accesso ai disabili? -- [eh lah-CHEH-soh AH-ee dee-ZAH-bee-lee]

C’è la toilette per i disabili? -- [eh lah TWAH-leht pehr ee dee-ZAH-bee-lee]

Ci sono messaggi per me? -- [chee SOH-noh mehs-SAH-djee pehr meh]

Ha un appuntamento? -- [ah oon ahp-poon-tah-MEHN-toh]

Ha il certificato di autenticità? -- [ah eel chehr-tee-fee-KAH-toh dee ow-tehn-tee-chee-TAH]

Ha allergie? -- [ah ahl-lehr-JEE-eh]

Avete i jeans? -- [ah-VEH-teh ee ‘jeans’]

Avete un menù? -- [ah-VEH-teh oon muh-NOO]

Avete un menù in inglese? -- [ah-VEH-teh oon muh-NOO een een-GLEH-zeh]

Avete una penna ? -- [ah-VEH-teh OO-nah PEHN-nah]

Avete una batteria? -- [ah-VEH-teh OO-nah baht-teh-REE-ah]

Avete un ombrellone? -- [ah-VEH-teh oon ohm-brehl-LOH-neh]

Avete un calendario degli eventi? -- [ah-VEH-teh oon kah-lehn-DAH-ryoh DEHL-yee eh-VEHN-tee]

Avete informazioni su un’escursione a Roma? -- [ah-VEH-teh een-fohr-mah-TSYOH-nee soo oo-neh-skoor-SYOH-neh ah ROH-mah]

Posso ricevere un fax? -- [POHS-soh ree-CHEH-veh-reh oon ‘fax’]

Dov’è il bar? -- [doh-VEH eel ‘bar’]

Dov’è il check-in? -- [doh-VEH eel ‘check-in’]

Dov’è lo zoo? -- [doh-VEH loh dzoo]

Dov’è la banca? -- [doh-VEH lah BAHN-kah]

Dov’è il parco? -- [DOHN-deh ehs-TAH eel PAHR-koh]

Dov’è lo stadio? -- [doh-VEH loh STAH-dyoh]

Dov’è il museo? -- [doh-VEH eel moo-ZEH-oh]

Dov’è la toilette? -- [doh-VEH lah TWAH-leht]

Dov’è l’aeroporto? -- [doh-VEH lah-eh-roh-POHR-toh]

Dov’è il supermercato? -- [doh-VEH eel ‘super’-mehr-KAH-toh]

Dov’è il castello? -- [doh-VEH eel kah-STEHL-loh]

Dov’è un barbiere? -- [doh-VEH oon bahr-BYEH-reh]

Dov’è la valle? -- [doh-VEH lah VAHL-leh]

Dov’è la foresta? -- [doh-VEH lah foh-REH-stah]

Dov’è la montagna? -- [doh-VEH lah mohn-TAHN-yah]

Dov’è un film? -- [doh-VEH oon feelm]

Dov’è un’opera? -- [doh-VEH oo-NOH-peh-rah]

Dov’è un casinò? -- [doh-VEH oon kah-zee-NOH]

Dov’è un Internet caffé? -- [doh-VEH oon ‘internet cafe’]

Dov’è l’ufficio informazioni? -- [doh-VEH loof-FEE-chyoh een-fohr-mah-TSYOH-nee]

Dov’è l’ufficio informazioni turistiche? -- [doh-VEH loof-FEE-chyoh een-fohr-mah-TSYOH-nee too-REE-stee-keh]

Dove sono i taxi? -- [doh-VEH SOH-noh ee ‘taxi’]

A che ora è il treno? -- [ah keh OH-rah eh eel TREH-noh]

A che ora è il treno per Roma? -- [ah keh OH-rah eh eel TREH-noh pehr ROH-mah]

Quanto costa? -- [KWAHN-toh KOHS-tah]

Quanto costa per un’ora? -- [KWAHN-toh KOHS-tah pehr oon-OH-rah]

Quando finisce? -- [KWAHN-doh fee-NEE-sheh]

Quando arriviamo? -- [KWAHN-doh ahr-ree-VYAH-moh]

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DIFFERENT ORDER

Some Italian sentences have words in a different order than they would be in English, but in spite of this you should be able to understand what the following sentences mean.

ITALIAN -- [SAY ITALIAN]

Non accettiamo carta di credito. -- [nohn ah-cheht-TYAH-moh KAHR-tah dee KREH-dee-toh]

La mia carta di credito non funziona. -- [la MEE-ah KAHR-tah dee KREH-dee-toh nohn foon-TSYOH-nah]

Ho una reazione allergica. -- -- [oh OO-nah reh-ah-TSYOH-neh ahl-LEHR-jee-kah]

Ho un’infezione vaginale. -- [oh oo-neen-feh-tsyoh-neh vah-jee-NAH-leh]

Vorrei una birra locale. -- [vohr-RAY OO-nah BEER-rah loh-KAH-leh]

Vorrei una birra importata. -- [vohr-RAY OO-nah BEER-rah eem-pohr-TAH-tah]

Vorrei un’auto economica. -- [vohr-RAY oo-NOW-toh eh-koh-NOH-mee-koh]

Vorrei una crema antisettica. -- [vohr-RAY OO-nah KREH-mah AHN-tee-SEHT-tee-kah]

Vorrei un repellente per gli insette. -- [vohr-RAY oon reh-pehl-LEHN-teh pehr lyeen-SEHT-teh]

Vorrei una soluzione per le lenti contatto. -- [vohr-RAY OO-nah soh-loo-TSYOH-neh pehr leh LEHN-tee kohn-TAHT-toh]

Non m’interessa. -- [nohn meen-teh-REHS-sah]

Posso pagare con carta di credito? -- [POHS-soh pah-GAH-reh kohn KAHR-tah dee KREH-dee-toh]

Posso usare una carta di credito? -- [POHS-soh oo-ZAH-reh OO-nah KAHR-tah dee KREH-dee-toh]

C’è un ristorante economico? -- [cheh oon ree-stoh-RAHN-teh eh-koh-noh-mee-koh]

Quanto mi costa? -- [KWAHN-toh ‘me’ KOHS-tah]

Qual è l’orario delle visite? -- [kwahl eh loh-RAH-ryoh DEHL-leh VEE-zee-teh]

Qual è il numero di fax? -- [kwahl EH eel NOO-meh-roh dee ‘fax’]

Qual è il prefisso internazionale per il Canada? -- [kwahl EH eel preh-FEES-soh een-tehr-nah-tsyoh-NAH-leh pehr eel ‘Canada’]

Dov’è l’area picnic? -- [doh-VEH LAH-reh-ah PEEK-neek]

Dov’è un ufficio postale? -- [doh-VEH oon oof-FEE-chyoh poh-STAH-leh]

Dov’è il giardino botanico? -- [doh-VEH eel jyahr-DEE-noh boh-TAH-nee-koh]

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FOR AN EASIER VERSION

For an easier version of these sentences -- with English translations -- go to the web page Easiest Italian Sentences. There these same sentences and more appear along with English translations to help you understand the Italian sentences more easily.

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MORE ITALIAN THAT NEEDS NO TRANSLATION

Signs in Italian That Need No Translation:

CHECK-IN

DUTY-FREE

STOP

INTERNET

WIRELESS

LOGIN

E-MAIL

PASSWORD

SKI LIFT

NO CAMPING

BARBECUE

DIESEL

PREMIUM

SUPER

CURVA

ENTRATA

ARRIVI

INTERNAZIONALI

INFORMAZIONI

MESSAGGIO

TOILETTE

POLIZIA

DEPOSITO

NON DISTURBARE

CONTROLLO PASSAPORTI

SOLO PER USO ESTERNO

SI ACCETTANO CARTE DI CREDITO

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Months:

gennaio [jehn-NAH-yoh]

febbraio [fehb-BRAH-yoh]

marzo [MAHR-tsoh]

aprile [ah-PREE-leh]

maggio [MAH-djoh]

giugno [JYOO-nyoh]

lugio [LYOO-lyoh]

agosto [ah-GOH-stoh]

settembre [seht-TEHM-breh]

ottobre [oht-TOH-breh]

novembre [noh-VEHM-breh]

dicembre [dee-CHEHM-breh]

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COMPASS:

a nord [ah nohrd]

a sud [ah sood]

a est [ah ehst]

a ovest [ah OH-vehst]

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NUMBERS:

zero [dzeh-roh]

uno [OO-noh]

due [DOO-eh]

tre [treh]

quattro [KWAHT-troh]

cinque [CHEEN-kweh]

sei [say]

sette [SEHT-teh]

otto [OHT-toh]

nove [NOH-veh]

diece [DYEH-chee]

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