Do you know how to get from the airport to your hotel, using only Italian? After today’s episode you will!
Listen to learn some handy travel phrases for the airport and beyond.
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Today’s Italian words
il bagno = the bathroom/toilet
caldo = hot
freddo = cold
la valigia = the suitcase
ho perso la valigia = I’ve lost my suitcase (literally “the suitcase”)
autobus = bus
il treno = the train
un biglietto = a ticket
stazione centrale = central station
prendo un taxi = I take a taxi
dove = where
indirizzo = address
quanto costa? = how much does it cost?
quanto costa un biglietto? = how much does a ticket cost?
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Katie: You probably recognise travel words like passaporto and autobus. But do you know how to get from the plane to your hotel or the city centre, all in Italian? Find out how in 5 minute Italian, episode 13.
Ciao a tutti e benvenuti a 5 minute Italian, hi everyone and welcome to 5 minute Italian. I’m Katie…
Matteo: And I’m Matteo. Ciao.
K: Imagine you’ve just landed in Italy. You’re on the plane, and you need to find your way to the city centre or your hotel. Today we’re going to learn how to do all that it in Italian. You can find a list of the new words and phrases from today’s episode in the show notes below.
So, you’re walking off the plane and you turn around to the hostess and you say…
K: And be careful here because the correct pronunciation of this word is grazi-e. Make sure that you pronounce the two vowel sounds at the end i-e. Lot’s of people when they first start learning Italian say “grazi”.
M: Right – but the correct pronunciation is grazi-e
K: Great, so you’re coming off the plane now, you show your passaporto and then you want to go to the toilet quickly, il bagno. You come out, you look at the 2 taps and you see the letters C and F. What’s going on? Which is hot and which is cold?
M: That’s really difficult for English speakers because C means caldo, which means hot.
K: Yea, especially because the word caldo, sounds like cold, doesn’t it?
M: Yep, but it’s not. Caldo, means hot. Then we have freddo, which means cold.
K: Now you’ve got your suitcase
M: Your valigia
K: That reminds me, a very useful phrase that we hope you’ll never have to use is… ho perso la valigia
M: Ho perso la valigia. Ho means I have, perso means lost and valigia means suitcase ho perso la valigia.
K: Now you’ve got your valigia – or at least we hope you have – and you’re walking through arrivi, which means arrivals.
M: Now you need a ticket for the autobus.
K: which I’m sure you can guess means bus. Or maybe, you want to get the train. Which is
M: Il treno.
K: To say a ticket, we say: un biglietto. And the word for “to”, (as in “a ticket TO this place) is per. So how would you say “a ticket to”
M: Un biglietto per
K: Central station is la stazione centrale. How would you say “a ticket to central station”?
M: Un biglietto per la stazione centrale.
K: And what about if we want to take a taxi?
M: To say “I take a taxi”, we say prendo un taxi
K: In the taxi, you might hear the drive say the word dove?, which means where. And you can say stazione centrale or you can give him the address of your hotel. The word for “address” is..
K: And finally, you might want to weigh up different options to see how much they cost. To ask how much something costs we say:
M: quanto costa?
K: We have quanto which means “how much” and costa which means “costs”. And if we want to say “how much does a ticket cost?”, we literally say “how much costs a ticket”. So can you remember how to say a ticket?
M: Un biglietto.
K: So “how much does a ticket cost” or literally “how much costs a ticket is…
M: Quanto costa un biglietto.
K: Let’s make a really nice long sentence now: “how much does a ticket to central station cost” or literally: “how much costs a ticket to central station?”
M: Quanto costa un biglietto per la stazione centrale?
K: Time for a quick recap. How do you say “I’ve lost my suitcase”
M: Ho perso la valigia.
K: Let’s imagine you’re getting in a taxi. The taxi driver will say the word “where”. How do you say that in Italian?
K: So you’ll need to give him an address. How do you say “address” in Italian?
K: And finally, if you decide to take the autobus or the treno, you might want to know how much a ticket costs. So you can ask…
M: Quanto costa un biglietto (per la stazione centrale).
K: That’s all we have time for today, thanks for listening. If you’d like to get more mini Italian lessons delivered to your inbox, don’t forget to subscribe by following on the link in the comments box below. Grazie, and ciao for now, see you next time, or as we say in Italian, alla prossima!
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