In the last lesson of this section on useful phrases for tourists, we’re going to look at how to ask for directions in Italian.

“I’m Lost” in Italian

Mi sono perso/a in Italian means I’m lost.

Mi sono persa

Mi sono persa translates as something like “I’ve lost myself”. The “mi” is really here because this is a reflexive verb; we’ll look at these later on.

If you’re female you’ll say mi sono persa, if you’re male, you’ll say mi sono perso.

“Where is…?” in Italian

Dov’è…? means Where is …?.

Dov’è…?

We’ve already learned about dov’è.

Remember, dov’è is the abbreviation of “dove è”

“Go Straight Ahead” in Italian

Vada avanti! is Italian for Go straight ahead!

Vada avanti!

Vada in Italian means “(you) go”, and avanti means “straight”.

Vada is formal, so you can use it with strangers.

  • Technically, vada is a form of the verb andare, “to go”.

When Someone Says “Go Right” to you in Italian

Vada a destra! in Italian means Go right!

Vada a destra!

Destra in Italian means right, and a means “to”.

So, vada a destra means literally “go to (the) right”

When Someone Says “Go Left” to you in Italian

Vada a sinistra is Italian for Go left

Vada a sinistra!

Sinistra means “left”.

Vada a sinistra means literally “go to (the) left”.

“Go Back” in Italian

Vada indietro! in Italian means Go back!

Vada indietro!

Exercises

Translate the following dialogues into English.

Click the link below to view the answers. But have a go first!

      First dialogue:
    • Aiuto! Mi sono persa!
    • Dov’è la stazione ferroviaria (stazione dei treni)?
    • La stazione ferroviaria é a destra.
    • Second dialogue:
    • Dov’è il centro storico?
    • Il centro storico é a sinistra.
Show answers »
      First dialogue:
    • Help! I’m lost!
    • Where is the train station?
    • The train station is on the right.
    • Second dialogue:
    • Where is the historical centre?
    • The historical centre is on the left.

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