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Ciao! Hello and welcome back to Italian survival phrases brought to you by ItalianPod101.com, this course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Italy. You will be surprised at how far a little Italian will go.
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There is a wide variety of Italian dishes, and your job as a visitor is to try as many different foods as possible! However, before you start eating you have to get the table! So in today’s lesson we'll cover getting to the table in restaurant.
When entering a restaurant in Italy, you will be greeted with Buon giorno which means "Good morning", "Good day" or Buona sera which is "Good evening".
In Italian the formal greeting when entering a place is Buon giorno if it’s morning or afternoon or if it’s evening, Buona sera.
Let's break them down by syllable Buon gior-no.
Buon giorno.
Buo-na se-ra.
Buona sera.
Now let’s hear them once again. Buon giorno, Buona sera.
Now usually the first question you'll be asked when you enter a restaurant is "How many people in your party?" which in Italian is Quante persone siete?
Now let’s hear it once again. Quante persone siete?
The first word Quante means "How many".
Let's breakdown this word and hear it one more time. Quan-te.
This is followed by persone which in Italian means "people" Per-so-ne.
It is then followed by siete, which in Italian is "are you". Sie-te.
Quante persone siete?
Now let's go over how to answer.
In Italian, you would respond by telling the waiter or waitress Siamo cinque, which in English means "We are five".
Let's breakdown these words and hear them one more time. Sia-mo cin-que.
Siamo cinque
Now we’re going to review some numbers in Italian to help you refresh your memory in case your party happens to be smaller. So, to recap the numbers one through five here.
uno, due, tre, quattro, cinque
You could also say "We are four people". which in Italian is Siamo quattro persone.
Let's break it down by syllable Sia-mo quat-tro per-so-ne.
Now let’s hear it once again. Siamo quattro persone.
The first word Siamo means "we are". This is followed by quattro persone, which in Italian is "four people.
quattro persone
quattro persone
If you are just one person the proper answer to the question Quante persone siete? would be Una soltanto which in English means "Only one".
Let's break down these words and hear it one more time. U-na sol-tan-to.
Una soltanto
The first word, una, means "One" and it is referred to persona which in Italian is a feminine singular noun.
Let's breakdown this word and hear it one more time. U-na.
The second word, soltanto, means "only".
Let's breakdown this word and hear it one more time sol-tan-to


Okay, to close out this lesson, we'd like you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you're responsible for shouting it aloud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so buona fortuna, which means “good luck” in Italian.
"Good morning" or "Good day" - Buon giorno.
Buon giorno.
Buon giorno.
"Good evening." - Buona sera.
Buona sera.
Buona sera.
“How many people are you?" - Quante persone siete?
Quante persone siete?
Quante persone siete?
"We are five." - Siamo cinque.
Siamo cinque.
Siamo cinque.
"We are four people." - Siamo quattro persone.
Siamo quattro persone.
Siamo quattro persone.
"Only one." - Una soltanto.
Una soltanto.
Una soltanto.
That’s going to do it for today. Ciao ciao!