If you speak some Italian but you are not fluent enough for jumping into a conversation and interrupt someone appropriately, here you can find some help.
There are different approaches for interrupting someone (interrompere qualcuno) depending on the situation and the person you are talking to. We could take for example 3 levels: formale, normale, informale. No need to translate these 3 words in English right? We are going to give you four examples for each level.
Have a look and repeat after the podcast for learning the correct pronunciation. Enjoy!
- Le chiedo scusa. Potrei dire solo una cosa?
- Mi scusi, posso farle una domanda?
- Vorrei aggiungere solamente una cosa se non le dispiace. Posso?
- Chiedo scusa, temo di non avere capito. Può ripetere per favore?
- I beg your pardon. May I say just one thing?
- Excuse me, may I ask you a question?
- I’d like to add just one thing if you don’t mind. May I?
- I apologize, I’m afraid I did not understand. Could you repeat please?
- Scusa, posso dire solo una cosa?
- Un momento, posso chiederti una cosa?
- Voglio aggiungere solo una cosa se non ti dispiace.
- Scusa ma non ho capito, puoi ripetere per piacere?
- Sorry, can I just say one thing?
- Just a moment, can I ask you one thing?
- I want to add just one thing if I you don’t mind.
- Sorry but I didn’t get it. Can you repeat please?
- Fammi dire una cosa
- Un momento, posso chiedere?
- Voglio aggiungere una cosa
- Non ho capito, puoi ripetere?
- Let me say one thing
- Just a moment, can I ask?
- I want to add one thing
- I didn’t get it, can you repeat?
In the first case we used the formal Lei, very polite; in the second the informal Tu with some polite formulas (e.g. se non ti dispiace); in the third group we used a very direct set of examples, something you would use only with people you really know.
We hope you could use some of these sentences to interact properly with a native Italian speaker. Of course we would love to teach you more. Please visit our homepage, you can book a free trial Italian lesson on Skype ™. Thanks for listening, ci vediamo!