“Prego” the all-purpose word…

Due to a nasty little cold, things are phlegmy here and I haven’t been out much. So, I’ll share a great lesson from Frommer’s Irreverent Guide to Rome :

You don’t actually need to know Italian to get by in Rome but the language is fun, and the locals, unlike the French, are charmed by even your most pathetic stabs at basic phrases like “thank you” (grazie–pronounced graht-see-eh, not “grodzy” or “gracias” as most Americans believe), “good morning or good day ” (buon giorno; before 2pm) and “good evening” (buona sera; after 2pm). Mammi mia can be used all the time to express frustration, incredulity, shock, relief, even glee. Prego (literally, “I pray”) is perhaps the most useful word of all: It can mean “You’re welcome,” “Please go ahead of me,” “May I take your order?” or in some cases, “I didn’t understand what the hell you just said in your garbled American accent; please repeat.”



Filed under About Italy, Life

2 responses to ““Prego” the all-purpose word…

  1. Anonymous

    I love the word Prego! It is really is all purpose!

  2. Sally Austin

    Is it somewhat confusing when in fact you are “preggo”? šŸ™‚ Hope you’re well!!
    Try Enoteca Ferrara if it’s still there- somewhere over in the student quarter… It’s been a while since I was last there- but it was so lovely!

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