Learn to speak Italian bit by bit : your personal Italian language dictionary and guide to the commonest Italian love phrases.
There is a very good reason why Italian is called a 'Romance' language. If you've ever listened to it or tried to learn to speak Italian you'll know it's the most romantic language in the world. The words, the sounds, the tone all come together in a beautiful melody.
Think of the love songs of Enrico Caruso, Andrea Bocelli, and the greatest tenor of them all, Luciano Pavarotti.
Think of the lovely melodic voices of the great Italian actors - Claudia Cardinale, Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni (think 'La Dolce Vita').
Remember Italian love phrases of those wonderful films set in the romance of Italy - 'Summertime', 'Three Coins in the Fountain', 'La Dolce Vita'.
If you're thinking of giving homemade Valentine gifts this year, you won't necessarily need to learn to speak Italian but this basic Italian language guide will help you write a card, or even a letter.
If you'd like to learn to speak Italian love phrases, whether for Valentine's Day itself, for a romantic night out or just to use to your Valentine every day, here's our basic Italian language guide to help you get started.
And if you want to take your learning of everyday Italian words and phrases further, our online Italian store has a variety of tried and tested (by us!) books and CDs for you to buy, each individually reviewed so you know exactly which will be best for you.
||How it's pronounced
|My darling / sweetheart
||Tesoro mio||Tay-saw-roh mee-oh|
|I love you (NB only used between partners, never with family or friends).||Ti amo
|I adore you||Ti adoro||Tee a-door-oh
|Hello, gorgeous! (to a woman)
|Hello, handsome! (to a man)
|I'd like to kiss you
|Shall we dance?
|I'll always love you
||Ti amerò per sempre
||Tee amer-oh pair sem-pray
|A hundred years! (of happiness - a toast)
|I miss you
||How it's pronounced
|You are my life||Sei la mia vita||Say-ee la mee-a vee-ta|
|You are the love of my life
||Sei l'amore della mia vita
||Say-ee la-more-ay day-la mee-a veeta
|You are always in my heart
||Sei sempre nel mio cuore
||Say-ee sem-pray nel mee-oh quor-ay
|My one true love||Il mio unico vero amore||Eel mee-oh vay-roh oon-ee-coh ah-more-ay|
|She / he loves me, she / he loves me not
||M'ama, non m'ama
||Mamma, non mamma
|I'd like to kiss you by the light of the moon
||Voglio baciarti al chiaro di luna
||Vol-yo batch-yar-tee al key-a-row dee loona
|You are more beautiful than an angel
||Sei più bella di un angelo
||Say-ee pee-oo bell-a dee oon anjel-oh
|We're made for each other||Siamo fatti l'uno all'altra
||See-arm-oh fatty loono a laltra
|Your smile is the sunshine of my life
||Il tuo sorriso è'il sole della mia vita
||Eel too-oh sor-rees-oh ay eel sol-ay dela mee-a vee-ta
|I want to spend the rest of my life with you
||Voglio passare il resto della mia vita con te
||Vol-yo passare-eh eel resto-oh day-la mee-a vee-ta con tay.
And finally, get your Italian language dictionary out to translate the best known Italian love phrase of them all:
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It's an intuitive programme which uses a variety of learning styles - pictures, sound and the written word - to mimic the way we learn language as a child.
Too expensive if you just want 'tourist Italian' but good if you want a comprehensive guide to help you learn to speak Italian properly.
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Whether you're a tourist, more fluent in Italian - or just wanting some more Italian love phrases, this dictionary won't let you down.
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If you're serious about learning Italian, or studying it academically, this dictionary is the one for you.
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