Italian Lesson 17 (Comparative and Shopping)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 17th lesson teaches the comparative form in Italian. In addition, I am including a vocabulary list about shopping and eating at a restaurant. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Italian Classes.


This lesson includes not only the comparative form but the superlative and the diminutive forms as well. That way you make comparisons, but also you can say what is better and what is worse.

Below is a list of 20 comparative forms that you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Italian, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Comparative Form in Italian

Comparative Italian Audio
As... asTanto...quanto
TallerPiù alto
ShorterPiù basso (or) più corto
YoungerPiù giovane
OlderPiù vecchio
As tall as Alto tanto quanto...
Taller thanPiù alto di
Shorter thanPiù basso di (or) più corto di
More beautifulPiù bello
Less beautifulMeno bello
Most beautifulBellissimo (or) Il più bello
HappierPiù felice
HappiestFelicissimo, il più felice
You are happySei felice
You are as happy as MayaSei felice quanto Maya
You are happier than MayaSei più felice di Maya
You are the happiestSei il più felice
GoodBuono (or) bene
Bettermeglio (or) migliore
Bestottimo (or) il migliore
BadCattivo (or) male
WorsePeggio (or) peggiore
WorstPessimo (or) il peggiore


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Vocabulary List about Shopping

Below is a list of 18 words related to shopping such as in the supermarket. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to buy many food necessities from the supermarket or the shopping mall without a problem.

Shopping List in Italian

Shopping Italian Audio
Can you take less?Può farmi uno sconto?
Do you accept credit cards?Accettate le carte di credito?
How much is this?Quanto costa?
I'm just lookingDo solo un'occhiata
Only cash please!Solo contanti, per favore!
This is too expensiveQuesto costa troppo
CheapA buon mercato
Credit cardCarta di credito
Gas stationStazione di servizio


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Vocabulary List about Restaurants

Below is a list of 30 words related to eating at a restaurant. Obviously, they will come in handy if you invite someone out to dinner or order something off the menu without a problem.

Restaurant Terms in Italian

Restaurant Italian Audio
I'm vegetarianSono vegetariano
It is very delicious!è squisito!
May we have the check please!Ci porta il conto per favore?
The bill please!Il conto, grazie!
Waiter / waitress!Cameriere / cameriera!
What do you recommend? (to eat)Cosa consigli? (da mangiare)
What's the name of this dish?Che nome ha questo piatto?
Where is there a good restaurant?Può indicarmi un buon ristorante?
A cup ofUna tazza di
A glass ofUn bicchiere di
Black pepperPepe
SoupMinestra; Zuppa
Tip (money for the waiter)Mancia

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Congratulations! You finished your 17th lesson in Italian about the comparative form, shopping and eating at a restaurant. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Italian Lesson 18. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Italian homepage.

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