Introduce people in Italian

 “L’abito non fa il monaco”

Italian proverb

This means literally “the habit does not make the monk” which means the it is not possible to judge things by external appearances alone; similar to the English idiom you can’t judge a book by its cover.

But let’s be honest.

We always “judge” or get an idea when we get to know somebody new, no matter what.

If you are making new friends in Italy, you may want to be able to introduce your friends, family, colleagues to your new friends.

Let’s read the article so you will give a good impression of yourself and of your Italian by introducing people!

Introducing people in Italian

To introduce people in Italian you can use the expressions below.

Formal situation

introduce people in italian

Le presento Carlo Rossi.                                                          Let me introduce Carlo Rossi.

Le presento la signora Magnani.                                           Let me introduce Mrs Magnani.

Le presento il signor Bianchi.                                                 Let me introduce Mr Bianchi.

NOTE:

You use “Le presento + name of the person” but you use “Le presento + article (IL if you are introducing a male, LA if you are introducing a female) + Mr or Mrs or Miss …

Informal situation

introduce people in italian

Questo é Carlo.                                                                           This is Carlo.

Questa é Maria.                                                                          This is Maria.

Lui è James. He is James.

Lei è Jane. She is Jane.

NOTE:

You use questo when introducing a male, and questa when introducing a female. You can just motion to each person as you say their name.

Depending on the formality of the situation, you can reply as follows.

Formal

Piacere di conoscerla.                                                                 Pleased to meet you.

Incantato or incantata.

(depending if you are a male or a female)

Informal

Ciao, piacere. Come stai?                                  Hello, nice to meet you. How are you?

Ciao, piacere. Come va?                                    Hello, nice to meet you. How are you doing?

Giving information about someone you are introducing

You can give many more information about the person you are introducing by saying how they are related to you, or how you know them.

Questo é Andrea, mio marito.                            This is Andrea, my husband.

Questa é Beatrice, mia moglie.                           This is Beatrice, my wife.

Questa é la mia amica Isabella.                           This is my friend Isabella.

Questo é Federico, un amico di scuola.             This is Federico, a school friend.

Questa é Laura, una vicina.                                  This is Laura, a neighbour.

Useful vocabulary

amico/a                                    friend

marito                                       husband

moglie                                       wife

collega                                       colleague

capo                                           boss

assistente                                  assistant

compagno/a                             partner

sorella                                        sister

fratello                                       brother

padre                                          father

madre                                        mother

figlio/a                                       son/daughter

zio/a                                            uncle/aunt

nonno/a                                     granfather/grandmother

Now you can introduce all the people you know to your new friends in Italian!

Remember to keep practicing your Italian everyday to see some results 🙂


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