Regardless of the language, verbs are action words, meaning they describe an action, occurrence, or state. Before delving into the subject of common Italian verbs, it might help to have a little refresher course as to what they are and how people use them in sentences.
For starters, verbs form the main part of a predictable sentence. In other words, they serve as a link between the subject of the verb and the subject’s information, which is typically descriptive. At the same time, people use them as a phrase that functions like an adjective or adverb, which contains a verb and associated objects, modifiers, and complements.
To show the action of an activity, you would use active verbs. However, they must also link to describe conditions. Following are a few sentence examples:
- She appears in an off-Broadway play. (active) Margaret appears upset. (linking)
- He smells the chicken cooking on the grill. (active) The wet dog smells horrible. (linking)
You can take verb phrases one step further by including a complement, adverb, or object. As an example, look at the sentence, “He was walking quickly to his office.” With this, you have the verb “walking” combined with the complement “his office.”
Some examples of what a phrase looks like when it functions as an adjective or adverb with a verb and associated complement, modifier, or object:
- The new puppy was hesitant to learn new tricks.
- When she arrives, we can make a cake.
- Finally, we can afford to purchase a new car.
- Texting on his phone, the driver crashed into another car.
- Open the door to let in fresh air.
Now with the verb refresher course complete, we will move on to the most commonly used Italian phrases. If you have plans to move to or visit Italy, you can use these same rules. Also, if you have limited Italian-speaking ability, learning these verbs along with common phrases will make it easier for you to follow along with conversations.
General Italian Verb Phrases
Regardless of what you want to do or see while in Italy, you can use general Italian verb phrases to get around. Following are just a few examples:
- Andiamo a fare shopping – Let’s go shopping.
- Vado a fare una passeggiata – I’m going for a walk.
- Chi sta comprando pizza stasera? – Who is buying pizza tonight?
- Posso prendere la tua foto? – May I take your picture?
- Dovrei portare una glacca? – Should I bring a jacket?
- Posso guardarlo? – May I look at that?
- Chi vuole allenarsi con me? – Who wants to work out with me?
- Potremmo andare a nuotare – We could go swimming.
- Parli inglese? – Do you speak English?
Italian Verb Phrases When Clothes Shopping
Since clothes shopping in Italy is a favorite pastime, it makes sense to start with some of the more common phrases. While many store owners and employees know some English, not all do. Learning these phrases with common Italian verbs while out shopping will allow you to communicate better and come across as a polite customer.
- Posso provario per favore? – May I try this on, please?
- Posso pagare per questo con una carta di credito? – Can I pay for this with a credit card?
- Posso scambiarlo con una taglia diversa? – Can I exchange this for a different size?
- Ho bisogno di scegliere i fiori per il matrimonio del mio amicao – I need to pick out flowers for my friend’s wedding.
- Vendi questo in un altro colore? – Do you sell this in a different color?
- Sto cercando una bella giacca – I am looking for a nice jacket.
Italian Verb Phrases When Grocery Shopping
Grocery shopping is always exciting in Italy. Especially when visiting open-air markets, you will find a vast assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and more. Following are some of the commonly spoken Italian verb phrases:
- Sto cercando frutta fresca/verdure – I am looking for fresh fruit/vegetables.
- Voglio comprare (number) – I want to buy (number).
- Posso avere un campione? – Can I have a sample?
- Accettate la valuta Americana? – Do you accept American currency?
- Puoi consegnare questo? – Can you deliver this?
Common Italian Verbs – Entertainment and Dining Phrases
Entertainment and dining are two additional popular things for locals and tourists to do in Italy. For these, the verb phrases listed below are among the most commonly used.
- Prenderemo un tavolo per due, per favore – We’ll take a table for two, please.
- Quanti biglietti dovrei comprare? – How many tickets should I buy?
- Proveremo la casa speciale – We’ll try the house special.
- Lascia andare a teatro – Let’s go to the theater.
- Mi sono divertito cosi tanto – I had such a good time.
- Puoi attirare la sua attenzione? – Can you get his/her attention?
- Cosa mi consiglia di provare? – What do you recommend I try?
- So guidare – I can drive.
Single Italian Verbs
Because the list of single Italian verbs is almost endless, we selected the 200 most common Italian verbs and their meanings that you should put at the top of your list.
|to be aware of
|essere consapevoli di
|to be called
|vai a prendere
|to get off
|to get to know
|to have breakfast
|to make up
|to move out
|to pay attention
|to rent out
|to say goodbye
|to shut down
|to sit down
|to take a bath
|fare il bagno
|to tell lies
|to to dance
|to to swim
|to turn on
|to wake up
As with any new language, there is a definite learning curve when it comes to Italian. However, it is worth the time and effort to learn the most common Italian verbs in this beautiful language of romance. Ideally, the best time to start is several months before traveling overseas. However, as it is the fifth-most-taught language in the United States, you will have no problem finding other people that you can communicate with while honing your new skill.
In fact, you can find groups of other people learning Italian all over the country that you can hook up with in person or online. Just remember what verbs are and how to use them. In no time, they will make sense when speaking Italian. If you need help, there are numerous online courses and local tutors available, as well.