• Italian course for beginners (A1)
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  • 1 Greetings in Italian (hello, goodbye, ...) [0/5]
  • 2 How to introduce yourself in Italian (my name is...) [0/6]
  • 3 Asking and telling the time in Italian [0/5]
  • 4 Days of the week, months and holidays in Italian [0/6]
  • 5 How to talk about your family in Italian [0/6]
  • 6 House, rooms, furniture in Italian [0/14]
  • 7 The weather in Italian [0/5]
  • 8 Body parts in Italian [0/12]
  • 9 Clothes in Italian (shoes, accessories, fashion) [0/13]
  • 10 The colours in Italian [0/5]
  • 11 Countries and nationalities in Italian [0/6]
  • 12 Describing someone in Italian (adjectives, body) [0/9]
  • 13 Feelings and emotions in Italian (I love you) [0/7]
  • 14 Food names in Italian [0/9]
  • 15 How to order food at the restaurant in Italian [0/6]
  • 16 Animals and pets in Italian [0/14]
  • 17 Nature in Italian [0/5]
  • 18 School in Italian [0/6]
  • 19 Jobs and professions in Italian [0/6]
  • 20 The city and asking for directions in Italian [0/7]
  • 21 Hobbies and sports in Italian [0/5]
  • 22 Health in Italian [0/5]
  • 23 Wishes and proverbs in Italian [0/4]
  • In this lesson you will learn how to talk about the city and how to ask for directions.

    Public places and buildings in Italian (restaurant, supermarket, airport, bridge, school)

    Take a look at the most important places of the city.

    Italian English
    La città City
    Il paese Village
    La stazione Train station
    Il centro City center
    La periferia Outskirt
    Il ristorante Restaurant
    Il municipio City Hall
    Il commissariato Police station
    Il parco Park
    Il museo Museum
    La chiesa Church
    Il supermercato Supermarket
    Il mercato Open-air market
    Il parco giochi Playground
    Il parco Park
    L'ospedale Hospital
    L'aeroporto Airport
    I pompieri Fire department
    Il centro commerciale Shopping center/mall
    La fermata del bus Bus stop
    La metro Underground train
    Il ponte Bridge
    La posta/L'ufficio postale Post office
    La scuola School
    Il parcheggio Parking/parking lot
    Il negozio Shop
    La discoteca Disco
    Il bar Pub
    La piazza The square
    Il monumento Monument
    Il porto Harbour
    La strada Street

     

    Asking for directions in Italian

    To know how to get to a specific place in the city, use the following expressions.

    Italian English
    Mi scusi,... Excuse me,...
    Dove si trova...? Where is...?
    Come si arriva...? How do I get to?
    Mi può dire dove si trova x...? Could you tell me where the x is....?
    Mi sono perso I'm lost

     

    Take a look at the following examples.

    Italian English
    Mi scusi, dove si trova la scuola? Excuse me, where is the school?
    Come si arriva al municipio? How do I get to the City Hall?

     

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    Giving directions in Italian (right, left, cross)

    By giving directions the cardinal points can be important.

    Italian English
    Nord North
    Sud  South 
    Ovest  West
    Est East


    To tell somebody which way to go, use the following expressions.

    Italian English
    Sinistra Left
    Right Destra
    A sinistra To the left
    A destra To the right
    Dritto/Diritto Straight on
    Davanti/Di fronte In front of/facing
    Dietro Behind
    Vicino Close/Near
    Lontano Far
    In fianco Next to
    All'inizio At the beginning
    Alla fine At the end
    L'incrocio Crossing
    La rotonda Roundabout
    Il semaforo Traffic light
    Girare Turn
    Attraversare Cross

     

    enlightenedWhen giving directions, use the Imperative.

    Take a look at the following sentences.

    Italian English
    Per arrivare al parco, continui dritto e poi giri a destra. To get to the park, go straigh on and then turn right.
    L'ufficio postale è vicino al municipio. The post office is close to the City Hall.

    Daily dialogue

    Take a look at the following dialogue.

      Italian English
    Turista
    Tourist
    Mi scusi, dove si trova la stazione? Excuse me, where is the station?
    Passante
    Passer-by
    E' un po' complicato...Deve andare dritto fino all'incrocio. It's a bit complicated...You have to go straight on, until the crossing.
    Turista
    Tourist
    L'incrocio vicino al supermercato? The crossing close to the supermarket?
    Passante
    Passer-by
    No, quello vicino al parco. Poi deve proseguire dritto e prendere la terza strada a sinistra. No, the one close to the park. Then you have to go straight on and take the third street on the left.
    Turista
    Tourist
    Sì... Yeah...
    Passante
    Passer-by
    Da lì, continui fino alla fine della strada e giri a destra. Di fianco all'ufficio postale c'è un'altra strada, la prenda e continui per 50 metri. Poi giri a sinistra.  From there, go on until the end of the street and turn right. Next to the post office there is another street, take it and continue for 50 meters. Then turn left.
    Turista
    Tourist
    Ok... Ok...
    Passante
    Passer-by
    Davanti alla scuola, tra il ristorante e il museo, c'è la stazione. In front of the school, between the restaurant and the museum, there is the station. 
    Turista
    Tourist
    Grazie! Spero di non perdermi... Thank you! I hope I won't get lost...