If you decide to do some travelling into the surrounding, more rural villages or happen upon a restaurant off the beaten track then it's a good idea to brush up on your Italian! If you are driving through the area or through Italy to reach your destination then a few handy phrases to ask directions will be a good idea.
Below are a few words and phrases to help you get along.
General & Polite Conversation
si - si
no - no
hello - ciao
goodbye - arrivederci
good morning - buongiorno
good afternoon - buonasera
goodnight - buona notte
please - per favore
thank you (very much) - (molte) grazie
you're welcome - prego
How are you? - Come sta?
Fine - Bene
I don't understand - Non capisco
Do you speak...? - Parla...?
English - inglese
Can you help me? - Mi puoi aiutare?
excuse me - scusi
open - aperto
closed - chiuso
Do you have a room? - Avete una camera?
single room - camera singola
twin room - camera con due letti separati
double room - camera doppia matrimoniale
booking - prenotazione
with bath/shower - con bagno
Transport & Directions
airport - aeroporto
bus/bus stop - fermata dell'autobus
coach station - autostazione
train - treno
railway station - stazione
platform - binario
timetable - orario
left-luggage locker - deposito bagagli
car - auto/macchina
ticket office/ticket - biglietteria
a single to... - biglieto di sola andata per...
return to... - biglieto di andata e ritorno per...
Both Italian and Milanese are Romance languages, descendants of Latin. Standard Italian is based in Tuscan, derived from the writings created in the central region of the country during the 12th century. Even if Italian was recognised as an official language of the Italian states before the unification in the 19th century, the country has always had distinctive dialects for each region, and even each city, which until recently were city-states.
Milanese, also known as 'Meneghino' (a traditional character in 'comedia dell'arte' associated with the city) is a dialect of Western Lombard language. It boasts a long literary history which can be stretched back to the 13th century with works by the mid 13th-century poet Bonvesin de la Riva, the 17th-century scholar Carlo Maria Maggi, or the renowned vernacular poet Carlo Porta, who wrote at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century.