italian-sliderThese basic Italian words and phrases, including the polite essentials, should help make your trip more enjoyable.  Use them at the airport, at the shops and restaurants, when asking directions, or when you just want to be friendly.

As an adult visitor to an Italian-speaking country, the first few words out of your mouth to a stranger should be in Italian. Don’t expect them to speak English, though there is a good chance that they will. In nearly all cases, they will appreciate your attempts to speak their language and be very cooperative.

Try not to be too concerned about your pronunciation or lack of fluency. A few Italian words and your imagination can go a long way in your efforts to communicate. Use the universal  language of hand signals and body language.

Traveling to foreign lands, speaking a little of the native language, spending the currency, eating and drinking the local specialties, and enjoying the sights and customs is a truly rewarding experience.   Moreover, it is an excellent opportunity to show that we value other people and cultures.

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