Describe yourself in Italian

Can you describe yourself in Italian? It’s useful to be able to talk about yourself when you’re getting to know new people, speaking to an official person or filling out a form. Whatever the situation, the Rocket Italian team have created this free audio lesson to make it easier for you.
 

Perhaps you’re booking into a hotel, or going for an interview. You’ll probably be asked some basic personal questions in Italian like “what is your name?” “where are you from?” or “what is your date of birth?”
 

These are all useful things to be able to talk about for everyday conversations as well, so how about we start with some numbers in Italian…

How to describe yourself in Italian

uno

1

due

2

tre

3

quattro

4

cinque

5

sei

6

sette

7

otto

8

nove

9

dieci

10

Two in Italian

Let's go through some of the most common questions you might be asked, whether you're filling out a registration form in a hotel or at the consulate getting a new passport. In these situations, you'll be addressed with "Lei" the formal form of "you." So, though you have seen some of these questions before, all the questions below are expressed formally.

Come si chiama (Lei)?

What's your name? (formal)

Come ti chiami (tu)?

What's your name? (informal)

Da dove viene (Lei)?

Where are you from? (formal)

Da dove vieni (tu)?

Where are you from? (informal)

Di che nazionalità è (Lei)?

What's your nationality? (formal)

Di che nazionalità sei (tu)?

What's your nationality? (informal)

Quanti anni ha (Lei)?

How old are you? (formal)

Quanti anni hai (tu)?

How old are you? (informal)

Quando è nato (Lei)?

What is your date of birth? (masc. formal)

Quando è nata (Lei)?

What is your date of birth? (fem. formal)

Quando sei nato (tu)?

What is your date of birth? (masc. informal)

Quando sei nata (tu)?

What is your date of birth? (fem. informal)

What's your name?  (informal)

(Lei) ha fratelli e sorelle?

Do you have siblings? (formal)

(Tu) hai fratelli e sorelle?

Do you have siblings? (informal)

Quanti fratelli e sorelle ha (Lei)?

How many siblings do you have? (formal)

Quanti fratelli e sorelle hai (tu)?

How many siblings do you have? (informal)

(Lei) ha bambini?

Do you have children? (formal)

(Lei) ha figli?

Do you have children? (formal)

(Tu) hai bambini?

Do you have children? (informal)

(Tu) hai figli?

Do you have children? (informal)

Quanti figli ha (Lei)?

How many children do you have? (formal)

Quanti figli hai (tu)?

How many children do you have? (informal)

(Lei) è sposato?

Are you married? (masc. formal)

(Lei) è sposata?

Are you married? (fem. formal)

(Tu) sei sposato?

Are you married? (masc. informal)

(Tu) sei sposata?

Are you married? (fem. informal)

Dove abita (Lei)?

What is your address? (formal)

Dove abiti (tu)?

What is your address? (informal)

Qual è il Suo numero di telefono?

What is your telephone number? (formal)

Qual è il tuo numero di telefono?

What is your telephone number? (informal)

Qual è il Suo numero di cellulare?

What is your cell phone number? (formal)

Qual è il tuo numero di cellulare?

What is your cell phone number? (informal)

Qual è il Suo numero di passaporto?

What is your passport number? (formal)

Qual è il tuo numero di passaporto?

What is your passport number? (informal)

Qual è il Suo indirizzo di posta elettronica?

What is your email address? (formal)

Qual è il Suo indirizzo e-mail?

What is your email address? (formal)

Qual è il tuo indirizzo di posta elettronica?

What is your email address? (informal)

Qual è il tuo indirizzo e-mail?

What is your email address? (informal)

How to answer questions about yourself

When you're responding, you can follow one of the simple formats below. Just insert the appropriate information in the brackets.

In Italian to express your age you have to use the conjugated verb 'to have' + age number + anni (example: I'm 30 years old = Io ho 30 anni).

Mi chiamo [your name].

My name is [your name].

Vengo da [country name].

I'm from [country name].

(Io) sono [nationality].

I'm [nationality].

Ho [number] anni.

I am [number] years old.

Il mio compleanno è il [day] [month] [year].

My birthday is on [day] [month] [year].

Sì, ho fratelli e sorelle.

Yes, I have siblings.

No, non ho fratelli e sorelle.

No, I have no siblings.

Ho [number] fratelli e sorelle.

I have [number] siblings.

Sì, ho [number] bambini.

Yes, I have [number] children.

Sì, ho [number] figli.

Yes, I have [number] children.

Sì, sono sposato.

Yes, I'm married. (masc.)

Sì, sono sposata.

Yes, I'm married. (fem.)

No, non sono sposato.

No, I'm not married. (masc.)

No, non sono sposata.

No, I'm not married.

Il mio indirizzo è [your address].

My address is [your address].

Il mio numero di telefono è [your number].

My telephone number is [your number].

Il mio numero di cellulare è [your number].

My cell phone number is [your number].

Il mio numero di passaporto è [your number].

My passport number is [your number].

How to fill out forms in Italian

Filling out forms in Italian

If you find yourself being asked to fill out forms with your personal details, you won't get the complete questions that you've studied above. Instead, you'll get short words or phrases.

Nome

Name

Nazionalità

Nationality

Sesso

Gender

Età

Age

Data di nascita

Date of birth

Indirizzo

Address

Numero di telefono

Telephone number

Numero di cellulare

Cell phone number

Numero di passaporto

Passport number

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