“Soldi” is the Italian word for money, a word that people memorize immediately when they come to the “Bel Paese”. Learn some vocabulary related to “soldi”, listen to the audio files and solve the quiz.
When I was working as a student in Milan, my city, the monthly pay check was 1.210.000 Lire (un milione duecentodiecimila lire). Not bad! Despite the monthly million, I didn’t become rich. In terms of purchasing power in 1995, it was about 1200 Euro. Enough for a student to live comfortably. When the Euro was implemented in 2001 the real purchasing power of lira halved overnight and therefore prices doubled. 1 Euro was set at 2000 Lire. In 2001 I was already working abroad and the Euro didn’t hit me very much. But that’s another story…
Although the Lira was ridiculously inflated with all those zeros, the graphics, colours and national “heroes” made it an amazing piece of art. Have a look at the the banknotes…
The Euro killed the Italian heroes and, to be honest, Euro notes nowadays are rather ugly. Italians still have the Lira on top of their mind. We say “non ho una lira” (I’m broke) and not “non ho un euro”.
If you live in a country where the Euro is not the official currency, you still need to change money or withdraw from an ATM. If you plan to live months or years in Italy for working or studying, perhaps you should open a bank account, invest your capital or transfer money back home. In any case, your “soldi” need to circulate and you need the appropriate vocabulary. Listen and repeat after the audio files.
* you may want to brush up Italian numbers before getting started
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In banca – vocabolario
- prelevare = to withdraw
- versare = to deposit
- incassare = to cash
- estratto conto = bank statement
- conto in banca = bank account
- bancomat = ATM
- tassi di interesse = interest rates
- carta di credito = credit card
- azioni = shares
- cambiare = change
- banconota = bill, banknote
- moneta = coin
- piccolo taglio = small denomination bills
- codice segreto = secret code
- assegno = check
- cambiare valuta = change money
- ricevuta = receipt
- numero di conto = account number
- conto di risparmio = savings account
- tasso di cambio = exchange rate
- commissione = commission
- dollaro = dollar
- sterlina = pound
- valuta = currency
- spiccioli = loose change
- cassa = counter
- digitare = to key in
- contante = cash
Of course it is a good thing to come to the Euro zone with some cash already in your pockets, just to buy train tickets or pay for a cab. Then you need to find “un bancomat per ritirare del contante”. The “Cambio valuta” shops are obviously becoming rare and apply high commission compared to your bank back home. So, the ATM machines are the easiest and safest places for withdrawing money. If you really need to speak to someone in a bank for opening an account or asking anything you can’t do at the bancomat, please find below some useful sentences.
In banca – useful sentences
- Ho perso la mia carta di credito!
- Il bancomat mi ha mangiato la carta
- Vorrei aprire un nuovo conto
- Quant’è la commissione?
- Vorrei depositare del contante
- Vorrei cambiare questi dollari
- Vorrei incassare questo assegno
- A che ora chiude la banca?
- Siete aperti il sabato?
- Vorrei pagare una bolletta
- I lost my credit card!
- The ATM machine took my card
- I’d like to open a new account
- How much is the commission?
- I’d like to deposit some cash
- I’d like to change these dollars
- I’d like to cash this check
- What time does the bank close?
- Are you open on Saturday?
- I’d like to pay a bill
Well, I hope you won’t need to say “ho perso la mia carta di credito!”. If you have questions about soldi, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you need soldi from me, please ask someone else.
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