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Introductions

In Italian, there is a formal and an informal way to introduce yourself.

If you’re meeting someone in a casual context you’ll say:

Ciao. Hi.
Mi chiamo … My name is …
E tu? And you?

In a more formal context you’ll say:

Salve / Buon giorno/Buona sera Hello/Good morning/Good evening
Mi chiamo … My name is …
E Lei? And you?

Keep in mind that the formal you ( Lei) is always capitalized in writing to avoid confusion with the feminine pronoun lei, meaning she.

How’s it going?

Remember, you have two options to ask someone how he or she is doing:

Another expression you can use in both formal and informal contexts is: come va?, which literally means how’s it going?