Program - Education - Rome - Italy
Italian Words And Phrases To Learn Before You Travel To Rome

Roman Dialect, referred to as Romanesco or Romanaccio, includes phrases, expressions, and mannerisms that make it distinct from other dialects in the peninsula.

"Ammazza!" – This word means ‘wow’, ‘oh my goodness’ or ‘I can’t believe it’.
"Dai" – “come on”. In Romanesco it is often written as ‘daje’.
"Ma che davero?" – ‘Really? I can’t believe it!’
"Anvedi oh che roba" – ‘Would you look at that?’. It can also be shortened to ‘anvedi’.
"Nnamo a magna" – ‘Let’s go eat’ in Roman dialect. Andiamo a mangiare would be the equivalent in normal Italian.

"E mo’ che famo?" – ‘And now what do we do?’ The keyword is ‘mo’ which means ‘now’ and is used constantly in Roman slang.
"Da paura" – This literally means something like ‘scarily good’ but translates to ‘awesome’ or ‘cool’.
"Che figata" – ‘What a cool thing’.
"Na cifra" – ‘A lot’, for instance ‘How much did it cost?’ - Na cifra.
"Bono or Bona" – A derivation of the Italian word Buono which means good, it can be used to refer to food or implies ‘beautiful’ when used for people.
"Hai spicci?" – ‘Do you have change?’ (as in, coins). You will hear this at bars and supermarkets all over the city because Rome continues to use physical cash more than credit cards.
"Scendi?" – ‘Are you getting off?’ in the context of public transportation.

"Figurati" – ‘Don’t worry about it’ or ‘it’s nothing’.
"Magari" – This word roughly translates to ‘if only’ and can mean ‘maybe’ and ‘I wish’.
"Basta" – ‘Stop’ or ‘enough’.
"Meno Male" – ‘Thank goodness’ or ‘phew’.
"Buonasera" – While this literally translates to ‘good evening’, in Italian it is also used to mean ‘good afternoon’ (which doesn’t have a phrase). Italians begin to use it after lunch, around 2 or 3 p.m.