Common Italian Words

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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1 di
     1. prep. (ngd, Used to indicate possession, after the thing owned and before the owner); ’s
           L’ira di Apollo - The wrath of Apollo
           la coda del cane - the dog’s tail
           Canto dello sciatore - Song of the skier
           Dichiarazione Universale dei Diritti dell’Uomo - Universal declaration of the Rights of the Man
2 che
     1. pron. (interrogative) what
     2. pron. (relative) who; whom; which; (ngd, nominative and accusative case)
     3. conj. that
     4. conj. than
     5. conj. when
3 e
     1. conj. and
4 la
     1. art. the
     2. pron. (accusative) her, it
           La vedo. - I see her.
     3. pron. (accusative, formal) you (term of respect)
           La vedo. - I see you.
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
           A me non importa. - To me it doesn’t matter.
6 il
     1. art. the
7 non
     1. adv. not
     2. adv. un-
     3. adv. don't
8 è
     1. v. third-person singular present indicative of essere; is
           Se non è vero, è ben trovato - If it is not true, it is a good story.
9 un
     1. art. an, a
     2. n. one
     3. adj. one
     4. pron. one
10 in
     1. prep. in
           Ho qualcosa in tasca. - I have got something in my pocket.
           Partirò in primavera. - I will be leaving in spring.
           Vado in quinta elementare. - I'm in fifth grade of elementary school.
     2. prep. to
11 per
     1. prep. for
           Ma io l'ho fatto per te! - But I did it for you!
           Te lo vendo per appena trecento euro - I'll sell it you for only three hundred euro
           Ho studiato per tre ore - I studied for three hours
           Questo è il treno per Londra - This is the train for London
12 una
     1. adj. feminine singular of adjective uno
     2. art. feminine singular of uno
     3. pron. feminine singular of uno
13 si
     1. pron. (reflexive pronoun) oneself, himself, herself, itself, themselves
           Il tuo gatto si lava sul mio letto. - Your cat cleans himself/itself on my bed.
           La tua gatta si lava sul mio letto. - Your cat cleans herself on my bed.
           Marco si è rotto il braccio. - Marco has broken his arm.
     2. pron. (reciprocal pronoun) each other, one another
     sì
          1. adv. yes
          2. adv. so
14 l'
     1. art. (before vowels) apocopic form of il/lo, la; the
     2. pron. (before vowels) apocopic form of lo, la; him, her, it
15 le
     1. art. the
     2. pron. (accusative) them (third-person plural feminine)
           Le ho viste. - I saw them.
     3. pron. (dative) her, to her
           Le ho detto che la amo. - I told her that I love her.
16 del
     1. contraction. contraction of ; of the, from the (+ a masculine noun in singular).
     di
          1. prep. (ngd, Used to indicate possession, after the thing owned and before the owner); ’s
     il
          1. art. the
17 i
     1. art. the
18 con
     1. prep. with, together
     2. prep. (rowing) coxed
19 da
     1. prep. from
           Giacomino da Verona - Giacomino from Verona
           interviste dal libro - interviews from the book
           traduzione dall’“Inferno” di Dante - translation from Dante’s ‘Inferno’
           Dalla Terra alla Luna - From the Earth to the Moon
20 della
     1. contraction. contraction of di la; of the, from the
     di
          1. prep. (ngd, Used to indicate possession, after the thing owned and before the owner); ’s
     la
          1. art. the
          2. pron. (accusative) her, it
          3. pron. (accusative, formal) you (term of respect)
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