Language in Venice

Language in Venice

What language is spoken in Venice? Will they understand me in the restaurants if I only speak English?

The official language spoken in Venice and the rest of Italy is Italian, although Venetian is also spoken in the Veneto region.

Even though English is spoken in most hotels and restaurants, you might find some of the following words and expressions in Italian to be useful during your stay in Venice.

Courtesy

Hello/bye
Ciao
Bye
Arrivederci
Good morning
Buon giorno
Good afternoon
Buona sera
Good night
Buona notte
Welcome
Benvenuto
Please
Per favore
Thank you
Grazie
You're welcome
Prego
Sorry/excuse me
Scusi

Useful Expressions

Yes
Si
No
No
Maybe
Forse
What?
Che cosa?
When?
Quando?
Why?
Perchè?
Where?
Dove?
A lot
Molto
A little
Poco
Too much
Troppo
All
Tutto
Nothing
Niente
Do you speak English?
Parla inglese?
I don't understand
Non capisco

Numbers in Italian

Zero
Zero
One
Uno
Two
Due
Three
Tre
Four
Quattro
Five
Cinque
Six
Sei
Seven
Sette
Eight
Otto
Nine
Nove
Ten
Dieci

Days of the week

Monday
Lunedi
Tuesday
Martedi
Wednesday
Miercoledi
Thursday
Giovedi
Friday
Venerdi
Saturday
Sabato
Sunday
Domenica

At a restaurant

Do you have a table for?
Avete una tavola per...?
I would like to book
Vorrei riservare
Today's special
Piatto del giorno
Cutlery
Coperto
Starters
Antipasti
The bill, please
Il conto, per favore
Butter
Burro
Squid
Calamari
Lamb
Castrado
Onion
Cipolla
Vegetable garnish
Contorno di verdure
Ribs
Cotoletta
Mussels
Cozze
Fruit cake
Crostata
Dessert
Dolce
Liver
Fegato
Cheese
Formaggio
Strawberries
Fragole
Omelette
Frittata
Seafood
Frutti di mare
Mushrooms
Fungí
Prawns
Gamberi
Shrimps
Gamberoni
Ice cream
Gelato
Salad
Insalata
Pork
Maiale
Apple
Mela
Mustard
Mostarda
Hazelnut
Nocciola
Nut
Noce
Oysters
Ostriche
Peppers
Paperoni
Fish
Pesce
Chicken
Pollo
Tomato
Pomodoro
Mushrooms
Porcini
Rice
Riso
Risotto
Risotto
Veal escalope
Saltimbocca
Cream
Panna
Bakery
Pasticceria
Peppers
Paperoni
Cuttlefish
Seppia
Sole
Sogliola
Truffles
Tartufi
Tuna
Tonno
Trout
Trota
Egg
Uovo
Veal
Vitello
Clams
Vongole
Sugar
Zucchero
Soup
Zuppa

 

Curiosity

The word “ciao” derives from the old Venetian greeting “s’ciavo” (meaning “slave”, excluding “your”), which was used as a referential approach to another interlocutor. From “s’ciavo” to “s’ciao”, this word finally became “ciao”. Nowadays, it is one of the best-known Italian words in the world.