10 Expressions for Your Next Business Trip to Italy
You’ve been working hard and think you might be on the verge of a raise, your boss has asked you to go on a trip to Italy for a meeting, and you need to make a good impression. One way to do that is to learn some of the common phrases, to impress them with some lingo unexpected from an English speaker.
Make a good first impression. Before you arrive and when you first meet your associates, you need to know the introductions:
La riunione inizia in orario? — Is the meeting on time?
Com’è l’abbigliamento/come bisogna vestirsi? — What’s the dress code?
Buongiorno! — Good morning!
É un piacere conoscerla! — Nice to meet you!
Come sta? — How are you?
E adesso parliamo di affari — Let’s get down to business.
Siete aperti a qualche tipo di contrattazione? — Are you open to negotiation?
Mi scusi, devo rispondere — Sorry, I have to take this call.
Guidare un affare difficile — You drive a hard bargain.
Non c’entra — That’s irrelevant.
Guardiamolo la presentazione — Let’s watch the presentation.
(Non) Capisco — I (don’t) understand.
Forse — Perhaps.
Ti sbagli — You’re wrong.
Questa è la mia offerta — This is my offer.
Fammi fare il primo brindisi — Let me make the first toast.
Ottimo! Salute allora, al nostro nuovo progetto! — Excellent! Cheers then, to our new project!
Spero che potremo lavorare di nuovo insieme — I hope we can work together again.
Molte grazie! — Thank you very much!
fino alla prossima volta! — Until next time!
Arrivederci! — Good bye!
These phrases should help you get the most from your meeting but they’re also only the beginning, should you want to really ‘wow’ the others, you’ll need a good handle on all the ins and outs of Italian. Check out our Italian language level test to see if you’ve already got what it takes, or send us a quick inquiry if you’re interested in getting more from your Italian business venture.