FAQ Category: Greetings

SALVE 

The greeting that ‘saves’ you. You can use salve when you want to be polite but not too formal, according to the context. Like ciao, salve is used both during the day and the evening, but with people you are not intimate with when you don’t want to sound too formal.

BUONASERA

Buonasera is used during the evening in formal situations. Like buongiorno, you need to use it with people you are not intimate with.

BUONGIORNO

You can use buongiorno during the day and in formal contexts. You can also use it with people you have just met or you barely know, with your teachers and with strangers.

CIAO

Ciao is the most common Italian greeting and you can use it both during the day and during the evening. You can use it with your friends, when talking to young people and more generally in informal contexts. You can also use ciao if you are an adult and are talking to a child, or if you are a young boy or girl and are talking to someone your age.

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