Italian Hello Songs (2) – Learn the Most Common Italian Greeting & Much More!

Here’s a great song by the Italian songwriter Francesco De Gregori built around the most common Italian greeting, the Italian hello “Ciao”:

Ciao ciao, andarsene era scritto, perciò: ciao ciao.
Bye, bye, to go away was written and then bye, bye,
bella ragazza che non m’hai capito mai.
beautiful girl who didn’t ever understand me.

Già parte il treno, sventola il fazzoletto,
The train leaves already, wave the handkerchief
amore mio, però piangi di meno.
my love, but weep less.

Ciao, ciao, ciao amore ciao, amore ciao.
Bye, bye, bye love, bye, love bye
Guarda che belli i fiori in quella città.
Look how beautiful flowers in that town.

Ciao amore ciao, amore come va?
Bye love hello, love how do you do?
Ciao amore, amore mio, amore ciao.
Bye love, my love, love bye.

Ciao ciao, guarda che belli i fiori in quella città,
Bye, bye, look what beautiful flowers in that town
che mai mi ha vinto e mai nemmeno mi vedrà.
that never won me and will not even see me.

Guarda che mare!
Look what a sea!
Guarda che barche piccole che vanno a navigare…
Look what small boats are going to sail…

Use of Italian Hello “Ciao” in Italian (Friendly Greeting)

The word “ciao” is almost always used in Italy as a greeting with friends. It has two different translations in english, depending on the situation:

hello or hi when arriving

bye-bye when leaving

In the song of Francesco de Gregori above the word “ciao” means “bye”, because the speaker is leaving his sweetheart.

Often Italians say “ciao ciao” at the end of a conversation or phone call. I makes the greeting more complete and it’s like an agreement to stop speaking and leave.

In the syllable cia the I is not pronounced, so the right pronounce of “ciao” is “cha-o”

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Another Famous Song Built Around the Italian Hello “Ciao”

Here’s a classic and famous Italian song with the Italian Hello repeated in the refrain several times. It’s the perfect song for learning Italian because it contains very common Italian words:

Sing along and learn!

La solita strada, bianca come il sale
il grano da crescere, i campi da arare.
Guardare ogni giorno se piove o c’è il sole,
per saper se domani si vive o si muore
e un bel giorno dire basta e andare via.

Ciao amore, ciao amore, ciao amore ciao.
Ciao amore, ciao amore, ciao amore ciao.

Andare via lontano cercare un altro mondo
dire addio al cortile, andarsene sognando.
E poi mille strade grigie come il fumo in un mondo di luci sentirsi nessuno.
Saltare cent’anni in un giorno solo, dai carri dei campi agli aerei nel cielo.
E non capirci niente e aver voglia di tornare da te.

Ciao amore, ciao amore, ciao amore ciao.
Ciao amore, ciao amore, ciao amore ciao.

Non saper fare niente in un mondo che sa tutto
e non avere un soldo nemmeno per tornare.

Ciao amore, ciao amore, ciao amore ciao.
Ciao amore, ciao amore, ciao amore ciao.

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