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Italian Language Lessons: Time Talk

Steve Cohen

This page covers some of the basics things you need to know about time.

Days of the Week

As you wander around in Italy, you will find it useful to be able to recognize the days of the week on shop and restaurant signs. All businesses are closed at least one day per week (and often a variety of other times) and the times they are open and closed are often indicated on a sign.

ENGLISH ITALIAN SAY IT LIKE THIS

Monday

lunedì

loon-eh-DEE

Tuesday

martedì

mahr-teh-DEE

Wednesday

mercoledì

mehr-koh-leh-DEE

Thursday

giovedì

joh-veh-DEE

Friday

venerdì

vehn-ehr-DEE

Saturday

sabato

SAH-bah-toh

Sunday

domenica

doh-MEH-nee-kah

Open and Closed

And to complete the understanding of posted opening hours:

ENGLISH ITALIAN SAY IT LIKE THIS

closed

chiuso

KYOO-soh

open

aperto

ah-PEHR-toh

Note: The days of the week and the names of the months are not capitalized.

Months of the Year

ENGLISH ITALIAN SAY IT LIKE THIS

January

gennaio

jehn-NAH-yoh

February

febbraio

fehb-BRAH-yoh

March

marzo

mahr-TZOH

April

aprile

ah-PREE-leh

May

maggio

MAD-joh

June

giugno

JYOO-nyoh

July

luglio

LOO-lyoh

August

agosto

ah-GOH-stoh

September

settembre

seht-TEHM-breh

October

ottobre

oht-TOH-breh

November

novembre

noh-VEHM-breh

December

dicembre

dee-CHEHM-breh

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