Italian greetings: how to say 'hello' and 'goodbye'

First things first.

When first learning a language we usually begin with greetings. We learn how to say "hello" and "goodbye" to new people from another culture.

So, this article will show you the most common Italian greetings.

Are you ready to go?

Here they are:


CIAO: it’s the most common Italian greeting. We use it both during the day and the evening, and both to say 'hello' and 'goodbye'. We use it with friends and family and, more in general, in informal contexts.

BUONGIORNO: we use it to say hello during the day in formal situations. You can use it with strangers, with your boss, or when you want to keep a distance.

BUONASERA: we use it to say hello during the evening in formal situations. If you don't know someone well, or if you want to keep a distance, you can say buonasera.

SALVE: Some people dislike it, but you can still use it. We use it to say hello during the day or the evening, and when we want to be polite but not too formal.
ARRIVEDERCI: we use it to say goodbye during the day and the evening, and in formal situations. A PRESTO: this is a general greeting that we use when we're going to see someone, or hope to see someone, again soon. We can use it both in formal and informal situations.
A DOMANI: we use it to say goodbye to someone we are going to see on the next day. Again, like a presto, we can use a domani in both formal and informal contexts.
A DOPO: we use it when you're going to see someone later, generally within a few hours, and we use generally use it when we want to be informal or friendly.

Now that you know a few greetings, how about thinking of how to use them in your day-to-day life?

Who would you use ciao with? Who would you use buongiorno with?

Think about it, and try and use them as much as you can.
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Are you looking for a fun approach to begin with your Italian? Do you want to learn, have a good time, and be able to speak right from day one? Welcome to my world! My name is Gloria, I've been a teacher for over 5 years now, and I have specialized in playful teaching for beginners and false beginners. When working with me, you will be challenged enough to make sure you make progress but you will also have a good time, because you will learn through real conversations and plenty of interactive language games. A time well spent is a time well invested in your learning. ABOUT ME I've been teaching for seven years now, and I have specialised in working with beginners and advanced beginners. I work with adults who feel shy and insecure to speak Italian and take their first steps into the language. I began teachng when I was completing my Master's Degree, and I have never been happier of that decision. My passion for languages led me to study Modern Foreign Languages both at the University of Pavia, my hometown, and the University of Milan. Lately, my passion for teaching led me to get certified as a teacher of Italian through the University for Foreigners of Siena. ME AS A TEACHER I've specialized in playful didactics to support my shiest students and allow them to learn in a more effective and light-hearted way. I always make sure I stay updated with the latest technologies, in order to offer my students the best interactive and engaging experience they can ever have. My smile and positive attitude will always be there to support you any time you feel like giving up. I know, from my own personal experience, that learning a language as an adult can be quite challenging at times. However, I do also believe that everything can be achieved if taken with the right attitude and a gradual approach. MY METHODOLOGY My classes are productive, but relaxed at the same time. You will be encouraged to speak from day one and guided with games and fun activities, to make sure you have a positive and light-hearted learning experience. During our classes, we will work through real-life conversations, and you will get the chance to see how words and grammar are used within specific contexts. Speaking will be at the core of our lessons: you will get the chance to speak from day one and practice in a safe and stress-free environment. You will be actively involved in your learning process and you will be guided to discover the new words and grammar rules in order for you to become more and more independent.
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Are you looking for a fun approach to begin with your Italian? Do you want to learn, have a good time, and be able to speak right from day one? Welcome to my world! My name is Gloria, I've been a teacher for over 5 years now, and I have specialized in playful teaching for beginners and false beginners. When working with me, you will be challenged enough to make sure you make progress but you will also have a good time, because you will learn through real conversations and plenty of interactive language games. A time well spent is a time well invested in your learning. ABOUT ME I've been teaching for seven years now, and I have specialised in working with beginners and advanced beginners. I work with adults who feel shy and insecure to speak Italian and take their first steps into the language. I began teachng when I was completing my Master's Degree, and I have never been happier of that decision. My passion for languages led me to study Modern Foreign Languages both at the University of Pavia, my hometown, and the University of Milan. Lately, my passion for teaching led me to get certified as a teacher of Italian through the University for Foreigners of Siena. ME AS A TEACHER I've specialized in playful didactics to support my shiest students and allow them to learn in a more effective and light-hearted way. I always make sure I stay updated with the latest technologies, in order to offer my students the best interactive and engaging experience they can ever have. My smile and positive attitude will always be there to support you any time you feel like giving up. I know, from my own personal experience, that learning a language as an adult can be quite challenging at times. However, I do also believe that everything can be achieved if taken with the right attitude and a gradual approach. MY METHODOLOGY My classes are productive, but relaxed at the same time. You will be encouraged to speak from day one and guided with games and fun activities, to make sure you have a positive and light-hearted learning experience. During our classes, we will work through real-life conversations, and you will get the chance to see how words and grammar are used within specific contexts. Speaking will be at the core of our lessons: you will get the chance to speak from day one and practice in a safe and stress-free environment. You will be actively involved in your learning process and you will be guided to discover the new words and grammar rules in order for you to become more and more independent.
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