5 Italian Grazie, Prego, Scusi, and Per Favore Exercises

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Ciao, studente mio! As we continue to explore the beautiful Italian language, today we’re going to focus on something essential, the art of politeness.

In Italy, courtesy is not just a social nicety; it’s an integral part of the culture. Just like the perfect espresso, politeness can leave a lasting impression.

So, I’ve prepared a variety of exercises to help you master some key Italian phrases: Grazie (Thank you), Prego (You’re welcome), Scusi (Excuse me), and Per favore (Please).

These phrases are the cornerstones of polite conversation and will open many doors for you in Italy. Let’s dive in and practice how to be as polite as an Italian!


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1) Put the Sentences in the Correct Order – Italian Politeness Phrases


a) Grazie / il / per / caffè

Grazie per il caffè.


b) prego / di / Non / c'è


c) scusi / disturbare / mi / per


d) passare, / favore / per / lasci


e) può / aiutarmi / favore / per / lei


f) ascoltarmi, / per / vuole / favore / ?


g) questo / Grazie / regalo / per


h) prego / prenda / questo / è / lei


i) scusi / tardivo / il / per / ritardo


j) suo / grazie / aiuto / per / il


k) del / per / scusi / disturbo / il


2) Can you Translate these Sentences? Italian Politeness Phrases Exercises


a) Thank you for your kindness.

Grazie per la tua gentilezza.


b) Could you help me, please?


c) Excuse me, where is the station?


d) Please, may I have the menu?


e) You're welcome. It was nothing.


f) I'm sorry for the inconvenience.


g) Please, can you pass the salt?


h) Thank you for the lovely evening.


i) Excuse me, I didn't hear you.


j) Please, I need some assistance.


k) Thank you for coming on such short notice.


l) Please accept my sincerest apologies.


3) Practice your Vocabulary


a) Thank you – You’re welcome – Excuse me

Grazie – Prego – Scusi


b) Please - Sorry - Excuse me


c) Can I? - May I? - Thank you


d) Please come in - Please sit - Thank you for waiting


e) Thank you very much - You're welcome, don't mention it - Excuse the trouble


f) If you please - With your permission - Thanks in advance


g) Please forgive me - Excuse my frankness - Thank you for understanding


h) Excuse this mess - Please, after you - Thank you for your patience


4) Practice Your Writing by Translating these Small Texts Taking the Italian Politeness Phrases into Consideration


In the bustling coffee shop, she whispered 'Excuse me' to the waiter as she squeezed past the crowded tables, offering a smile and a soft 'Thank you' as she received her espresso, savoring the warmth of human kindness in the midst of the morning rush.


He hesitated at the door, saying 'Please, after you' to the elderly lady with a walking cane, his respectful nod was met with a gracious 'Thank you, young man', a simple exchange that reflected the timeless beauty of courtesy and respect.


5) About Italian Politeness Phrases, Write the Obvious Questions to the Answers


a) Grazie per l’invito. (Per…)

Per cosa ti sto ringraziando?


b) Prego, è stato un piacere. (Per...)


c) Scusi, non volevo interromperla. (Per...)


d) Per favore, potresti passarmi l'acqua? (Cosa...)


e) Scusi, può ripetere? (Cosa...)


f) Prego, faccia pure. (Cosa...)


g) Grazie mille per il tuo aiuto. (Per...)


h) Per favore, chiudere la porta. (Cosa...)


i) Scusi, sto cercando la stazione. (Che...)


j) Prego, non c'è di che. (Per...)


Bravissimo! You’ve worked hard today, and I hope you feel more confident in using these expressions of courtesy.

Using Grazie, Prego, Scusi, and Per favore in Italian appropriately will not only enhance your communication skills but will also show your respect for Italian culture.

These phrases are your passport to genuine interactions and will serve you well whether you’re in a bustling piazza or a quiet biblioteca.

Keep practicing, and don’t be afraid to immerse yourself in the language; after all, to speak Italian is to live it. Alla prossima, my dear student, until next time!


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