Key Italian Words and Phrases for Navigating the Health Crisis

These aren’t just “nice to know.”

No, a few Italian words and phrases are essential if you find yourself in Italy while Covid-19 still encroaches upon daily life. That’s why I put together a new ItalyWise “Italian Snippet” YouTube video to help you prepare (and practice!). You’ll learn how to visit la farmacia to ask for and buy masks and gloves. You’ll familiarize yourself with how to read and follow the posted safety distancing instructions. Lastly, you’ll receive a few pointers on how to deal with other people during this health crisis.

These Italian Words and Phrases will help you protect yourself.

And protect others. I believe that it can’t be said enough that the biggest threat of Covid-19 spread is asymptomatic carriers. “CDC estimates that 35% of coronavirus patients don’t have symptoms” —Arman Azad, CNN (May 22, 2020).  If there one big hairy scary thing (for me at least), this is it and it’s why I’m gearing up religiously until infection rates are near zero and/or an effective vaccine emerges.

Join me on my balcony for this quick tutorial.

Sit a spell with me and my geraniums while I offer a few pointers about these Italian words and phrases. And, if you find value in this Italian Snippet, I invite you to visit my YouTube channel and subscribe.

By |2020-05-27T10:57:05+02:00May 27th, 2020|Italian Snippets, Speaking Italian|3 Comments

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I’m an American expat living in Italy!


  1. Michelle June 14, 2020 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Grazie Mille Jed. We are returning to Italy tomorrow after being in Croatia for the past 105 days. First stop will be in your neck of the woods, Venezia for 2 weeks. So looking forward to seeing this beautiful citta without the cruise ships. Maybe if you are up for it we can have un caffe, at 2 metres of course.

    • Jed July 12, 2020 at 4:21 pm - Reply

      Hi Michelle, It was SO great to have stumbled across each other when you were in our neck of the woods. I hope we can stay in touch and see each other again! Jed

  2. Kevin May 29, 2020 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing, i will add to my volcabulary list!

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