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.