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A list of the most common Italian words ordered by their frequency of use. You can use this list to learn words efficiently, ensuring you cover the basic vocabulary of Italian.

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Rank Word Root Meanings
 
1 di 1. prep. of, ’s (but used after the thing owned and before the owner)
2. prep. from
3. prep. by, of, ’s
4. prep. than
5. prep. (in superlative forms) in, of
2 che 1. pron. who
2. pron. which
3. adj. what
4. adj. which
5. conj. that
3 e 1. conj. and
4 la 1. art. the
2. pron. her (direct object)
3. pron. it (feminine)
     ...una improvvisa timidezza però la immobilizza... (Pasolini) - ...a sudden timidity immobilized her though...
4. n. la (musical note)
5 a 1. prep. in
2. prep. at
3. prep. to
4. prep. Indicates the direct object, mainly to avoid confusion when it, the subject, or both are displaced, or for emphasis
5. v. (misspelling of ha)
6 il 1. art. the
7 non 1. adv. not
2. adv. un-
8 è 1. v. (third-person singular present tense of essere) (he, she, it) is
essere 1. v. to be
2. n. being
9 un 1. art. an, a
2. n. one
3. adj. one
4. pron. one
10 in 1. prep. in
2. prep. to
3. prep. into
4. prep. by
11 per 1. prep. for
2. prep. through
3. prep. in or on
4. prep. by
5. prep. with
12 una 1. adj. one
2. art. (feminine form of uno) an, a
3. pron. (feminine form of uno) someone, a person
13 si 1. pron. (indefinite) one, you, we, they, people. Note: often translated using the passive voice in English.
2. pron. oneself, himself, herself, itself, themselves, (reciprocal) each other, one another. Note: With some verbs, si is not translated in English.
3. pron. (the so-called si passivante, used to form the passive voice of a verb) it (but also see note below). Note: verb + si is often translated as become or get + past participle in English.
1. adv. yes
14 l' 1. art. (before a vowel) apocopic form of il/lo, la the
15 le 1. art. the
2. pron. (third-person plural feminine) them
3. pron. (dative) her, to her
4. pron. (dative) you, to you
16 del 1. contr. of the, from the (+ a masculine noun in singular).
di 1. prep. of, ’s (but used after the thing owned and before the owner)
2. prep. from
3. prep. by, of, ’s
4. prep. than
5. prep. (in superlative forms) in, of
il 1. art. the
17 i 1. art. the
2. n. I or i, the letter I or i
18 con 1. prep. with or together
2. prep. (rowing) coxed
19 da 1. prep. from
2. prep. At the house of, since
3. v. Common misspelling of dà
20 della 1. contr. of the, from the (+ a feminine noun in singular).
di 1. prep. of, ’s (but used after the thing owned and before the owner)
2. prep. from
3. prep. by, of, ’s
4. prep. than
5. prep. (in superlative forms) in, of
la 1. art. the
2. pron. her (direct object)
3. pron. it (feminine)
4. n. la (musical note)
21 ha 1. v. third-person singular present indicative of avere
2. interj. ah! (usually ironic or sarcastic)
avere 1. vt. To have.
2. vt. To have got.
3. vt. To be (age).
4. v. (auxiliary) To have.
5. n. property, substance
22 sono 1. v. first-person singular present tense of essere, (I) am, I'm.
2. v. third-person plural present tense of essere, (they) are, they're.
3. n. alternative form of suono
essere 1. v. to be
2. n. being
23 più 1. adv. comparative of molto, (more)
2. adj. more
3. prep. plus
24 lo 1. art. (the form of il that is used before the so-called impure consonants, that is, s+consonant, gn, ps, x or z, before a vowel it becomes l’) the
2. pron. him
3. pron. this or that thing, it
25 come 1. adv. how
2. adv. as, like
3. conj. as soon as
26 mi 1. pron. me
2. n. The third note, mi.
3. n. E (musical note or key)
4. n. mu (Greek letter)
27 al 1. contr. at the, to the (+ a masculine noun in singular).
a 1. prep. in
2. prep. at
3. prep. to
4. prep. Indicates the direct object, mainly to avoid confusion when it, the subject, or both are displaced, or for emphasis
5. v. (misspelling of ha)
il 1. art. the
28 ma 1. conj. but
29 se 1. conj. if
2. conj. whether
3. conj. if only
4. pron. Variant of sé
30 anche 1. adv. also, too, as well, besides
2. n. plural of anca
anca 1. n. hip
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