Italian Translation: 11 Useful Phrases When Traveling with Children

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Venice, ItalyEver wonder what phrases you should learn before a trip? Sure we all think of “hello,” “good-bye” and “thank you,” but what about other phrases.

When you are traveling with kids it’s good to know a little more than the basics. You can tackle their questions head on and have the translation to find what you need to keep everyone happy and sane.

As part of my European trip planning process I asked my friend Sue in Sicily to send me Italian translations for the phrases she uses most often. I plan on committing them to memory, how about you?

The Basics

Thank you. Grazie

  • (Gra-zee-a)

Hello and Good-bye  Ciao

  • (Ch-awwh)

Where is the bathroom? Dovè il bagno?

  • Dovè   (doe-veh)  il bagno (il   bah-gno)

Where is the playground? Dovè il parco gioco?

  • Dovè   (doe-veh) il parco gioco (il par-co  joe-key)

Snack Time

I would like some milk.   Vorrei il latte.

  • Vorrei (Vor-ray) del latte (dell  la-teh).

I would like some water. Vorrei dell’acqua.

  •  Vorrei (Vor-ray) dell’acqua ( dell  ac-qua)

I would like some juice. Vorrei del succo.

  • Vorrei (Vor-ray) del succo (dell  sue-co)

How much is the ice cream? Quanto costa il gelato?

  • Quanto costa (Quan-toe  cos-ta) il gelato  (il ge-la-toe)

Translation= Desperation

How much is this toy? Quanto costa questo gioco?

  • Quanto costa (Quan-toe  cos-ta) questo gioco  (ques-toe  joe-co)

How much is the ball? Quanto costa la palla?   

  • Quanto costa (Quan-toe  cos-ta) la palla (la pà-lla)

Now what about you? What would your top translated phrases have to be? 

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  • Lisa Wood

    Great idea to have useful phrases ready for when travelling to other countries 🙂

  • Lisa

    Great list! I’ve always told my kids that when we are going to another country we need to know how to say “Please”, “Thank You”, “Hello”, “Good Bye” and “Where’s the bathroom?” – your list is far more exhaustive!

  • InsideJourneys

    This is a pretty good list. I’d never think of all these phrases.
    My problem is when the native speaker replies — it always sounds like they’re talking a mile a minute and I don’t hear a word!

  • Reply

    Very handy list! I always like to learn the words for “excuse me” or “pardon me” and also for “Do you speak English?,” although I only use that one if I’ve tried my best to speak the local language first 🙂

  • Jess @UsedYorkCity

    This is a fantastic idea! I’m traveling to Bosnia this summer, and while I clearly won’t have a handle on most of the language, I definitely plan to memorize the getting-around basics! Maybe I’ll keep a cheat sheet in my pocket for backup;-)

  • Reply

    Great ideas! We do the same. A few words in the native tongue go a very long way! People enjoy that you are interested in trying to use their language.

    Thanks for the post.
    Natalie, The Educational Tourist

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