Please in Italian


THE word for please in Italian is per favore. It is pronounced pair fah-voh-ray

In Italy, you may hear another word for “please” – prego. But it’s a different please. Let’s say you’re opening a door and, being a gentleman, you want the lovely lady right behind you to pass through first. You would say prego and in that context it means, “please, go ahead.”

Prego – pronounced preh-goh – is an Italian word that serves many purposes. It can, depending on the situation, also be used to mean “you’re welcome,” for instance. When walking into an Italian shop, its keeper will commonly ask prego, meaning “can I help you?”

However, as a beginner in the language, it is best to use per favore when making a request.

Now you know the word for please in Italian.

Italian Words


ITALIAN is a very beautiful foreign language, the romance language of romance languages, the lingering last breath of classical Latin. The history of Italian makes for interesting reading – and explains why it’s a tricky tongue to master! Nevertheless, having a basic vocabulary can help you communicate, so here’s a list of common Italian words.

Bicycle Parked Outside Historic Food Store, Siena, Tuscany, Italy

This list of Italian words are all nouns. In Italian, nouns are either masculine or feminine and therefore take a masculine or feminine article. There isn’t much rhyme or reason to whether a noun is masculine or feminine, so you just have to learn them. Also, there are six definite articles, all of which mean ‘the’! They are il, lo, la, i, gli and le. There are three indefinite articles – un, uno, una – which translate into ‘a’ or ‘an’.¬†Other romance languages, such as Spanish or French, have a plural indefinite article, but not Italian.

Italian words

il telefono
il trenoTREH-noh
wordla parolapah-ROH-lah
il bagnoBAH-nyo
la bancaBAHN-kah
l'hotel (masc.)
l'autobus (masc.)
manl'uomo (masc.)WOH-moh
la donnaDOH-nah

il ragazzorah-GAH-tzoh
girlla ragazza rah-GAH-tzah
waterl'acqua (fem.)AH-kwah
il vinoVEE-noh
housela casaKAH-zah
la stanzaSTAHN-zah
doorla portaPOR-tah
penla pennaPEH-nah
a matitamah-TEE-tah
chairla sediaSEH-dee-ah
tableil tavoloTAH-voh-loh
lightla luceLOO-cheh
breakfastla colazionekoh-lah-TZYO-neh
il pranzoPRAHN-zoh
dinnerla cenaCHEH-nah